X:1 T:Cornwallis' Surrender N:From the playing of fiddler Absie Morrison (1876-1964, Landis, N:Searcy County, Arkansas), recorded in the field in 1959 by John N:Quncy Wolf (Lyon College). N:The first part is "Dance All Night (with a Bottle)" M:C| L:1/8 R:Ree D:http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/morrisoncornwallis(fiddle)1249.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G (3ABc|d2 de d2 dc|B2 [GB][GB][G2B2]AB|c2B2 [D2A2] Ac|B[G2B2][GB] [G3B3][DB]-| [D3d3]e d2 dB|B2 [GB][GB][G2B2]AB|c2B2 [D2A2] Ac|[M:3/4]B[G2B2][GB] [G2B2]|| [M:3/2](efg)a g2 ef gage|[M:C|]dcBA G4 |[M:3/2](efg)a g2 ef gage|[M:C|]dcBA (G2 .[G2B2])||
CORNWALLIS'S SURRENDER. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Arkansas. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The first strain is a variant of the first strain of "Dance All Night/Give the Fiddler a Dram (1)." The second strain, in irregular meter, is unique to source Absie Morrison's playing. He liked tunes with historical connotations (see his "British March" which he also associated with the surrender at Yorktown), although the origins of this tune and title are obscure. It may be that he was influenced in the title by his fellow Arkansas musician Jimmy Driftwood's 1959 song "Battle of New Orleans" (sung on the hit record by Johnny Horton), which was number one for ten weeks, as well as the country's interest in Colonial and Revolutionary era events with the 200th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars and the looming American bicentennial.