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COLEMAN KILLED HIS WIFE. AKA and see "Raw Recruit (The)," "New Rigged Ship (1) (The)," "Old Hickory." Old-Time, Quadrille (6/8 time). USA, Oklahoma. D Major. Standard or ADae tunings (fiddle). AABB. Thede: "Coleman Killed His Wife does not show any of the fiddle characteristics of the West; yet I heard a few fiddlers play it. It is played to about metronome marking quarter-note= 52 in a heavy clog rhythm. Because of its slowness and heaviness it does not fit into dances of the West, and no one remembers the words." Bayard denigrates this variant as a "poor set, monotonous even for this tune," and identifies it as a form of "Raw Recruit (The)."

Source for notated version: Charlie Kennedy (Jackson County, Oklahoma) [Thede].

Printed sources: Thede (The Fiddle Book), 1967; p. 36.

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