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X:1 T:Blue Eyed Girl N:From the playing of Lee Triplett (1897-1981, Clay County, W.Va.) M:C| Q:"Fast" L:1/8 D: D: N:Parts sometimes doubled, sometimes not. Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C [d2e2]-|[e2e2][d2e2][c3e3]d|cAG2 E2 E-G-|G2 G2A2c2|+slide+[e3e3]e [e2e2][d2e2]-| [d2e2]ed c3d|cA G2 E2 E-G-|G2G2 A2B2|[c3e3][ce][c2e2]| E2-|G2 A2 +slide+c3d|A2G2 EDCE-|G2A2c2d2| +slide+[e3e3]e [e2e2][d2e2]-| [d2e2]ed c3d|cA G2E2 E2|G2G2A2B2|c3d c2|| eg-|g2ga g2 eg|a2 ab a2e2|gege a2g2|+slide+[e3e3]e [e2e2]ef| g2ga g2 eg|a3b a2eg-|geag e2+slide+d2 |c3 c c2||

BLUE EYED GIRL/GAL. AKA - "Fly around, My Blue Eyed Girl." AKA and see "Susannah Gal (1)," "Suzanna Gal (1)," "Blue Eyed Miss." American, Reel (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The tune has been called "A driving banjo tune recorded by eastern Kentucky musicians", but it belongs to a t une family that was quite widespread throughout the South and Midwest with numerous versions and variations. It is basically on part, with variations (c.f. Wilson Douglas's version). Cognate members of this family also include "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss," "Pretty Little Pink," and "Western Country," as well as the alternate titles given above. "Blue Eyed Girl" was recorded in New York City in October, 1926, by the band The Hill Billies, led by Al Hopkins, with fiddlers Elvis Alderman and Fred Roe.

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Document 8039, "The Hill Billies/Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1" (reissue). Marimac Recordings, 1987, Wilson Douglas (W.Va.) - "Boatin' Up Sandy" (1989). Rounder 0047, Wilson Douglas - "Right Hand Fork of Rush's Creek" (1975). Vocalion 5017 (78 RPM), The Hill Billies (1926). Voyager VRCD-354, Hart & Blech - "Build Me a Boat."

See also listing at :
Hear the Hill Billies 1926 recording at [1]
Hear Seattle fiddler Lee Stripling's (1921-2009) version at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear versions by Wilson Douglas at [3] and Berea Sound Archives [4]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index of Recorded Sources [5] (under "Western Country")

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