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X:2 T:Big Eyed Rabbit [2] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEae tuning S:Kirk Sutphin N:From a transcription by John Lamancusa, by permission. See Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A EF |: A2 AA cA B2 | A3B A2 (A2 | A)BAc BAcA | f3e f2 (f2 | f)gaa afed | ce2f e2 fe | cBcB AGFE | B3 c BABc | AcBA FEFG |1 A3B A2 EF :|2 A3B A2 (A2 ||: A)cBA FEFE | B3 c BABc | AcBA FEFG |1 A3 B A2 (A2 :|2 A3B A2 ||

BIG-EYED RABBIT [2]. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Alabama, Mississippi, western North Carolina. A Major. AEae (e.g. Tommy Jarrell, Kirk Sutphin) or Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (irregular 'A' part): AABB (Silberberg). Recorded by Quitman, Mississippi, fiddler Charles Long in 1939 in the field for the Library of Congress.

Yonder comes a rabbit,
Fast as he can run,
If I see another one,
Gonna shoot him with a double-barrel gun.
Gonna shoot him with my gun.

Yonder comes a rabbit,
Slippin' through the sand,
Shoot that rabbit, he don't care,
Fry him in my pan,
Fry him in my pan.

Rockin' in a weary land (x2) .... or,
Big-eyed rabbit's gone, gone (x2)

Yonder comes my darlin',
How do I know?
Know her by her bright blue eyes,
Shinein' bright like gold,
Shinein' bright like gold. (Tommy Jarrell/Plank Road String Band).

Bob Woodcock (Pa.) supplied this verse (a coney is an old English term for a rabbit-Coney Island=Rabbit Island):

Coney on the island, coney on the run,
I'll get that rabbit in my pan, I'll shoot him with my gun.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Liz Slade (Yorktown, New York) [Kuntz]; Bruce Reid [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 8. Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 38.

Recorded sources : - Carryon Records 005, "The Renegades" (1993). County CO-CD-2711, Kirk Sutphin - "Old Roots and New Branches" (1994). Mountain 310, Tommy Jarrell - "Joke on the Puppy" (1976. Learned brom his father.).

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