Black Snake Bit Me on the Toe

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X:1 T:Blacksnake Bit Me on the Toe M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Fast" N:DDad tuning (fiddle), drone liberally N:From the playing of Clyde Davenport (1921-, Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D AB|d2d2 dBAB |d2dB A2 AB|d2d2 dfed|d2 dB A2 (A/B/| d2) d2 dBAB |d2dB A3 (A/B/|d2)d2 dfed|dedB A4|| ABdA {E}F2F2|EDE<F [F4A4]|ABBA F2F2| EF (3EFE D4| ABdA {E}F2F2|EDE<F [F4A4]|AdBA F2F2| EDFE D4| AdBA F2F2|EDF2 [D4A4]|AdBA F2F2|EDFE D4||

BLACK SNAKE BIT ME ON THE TOE. AKA - "Blacksnake Bit Me on the Toe." American, Reel. D Major. DDad tuning (fiddle). The tune is a version of "The Pateroller Song" or "Run Johnny/Smoke/Nigger Run," which supposedly dates to the slave rebellions of the 1830's and the attempts of the plantation owners to establish organized patrols to prevent clandestine meetings and runaways.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - learned by Indiana fiddler Clyde Davenport from his father [Carlin].

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: -Rounder 0197, Bob Carlin - "Banging and Sawing" (1985).

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