Darker the Nights the better I See (2)
X:1 T:Darker the Nights the better I See  S:Owen "Snake" Chapman (1919-2002, Canada, Pike County, southeastern Kentucky) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:Rounder 0378, Owen Chapman - Up in Chapman's Hollow (1996) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/darker-nights-better-i-see Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G Bd|g2ga g2 ag|fdd2 d2dc|Bdef gedc|BGG2 G2Bd| g2ga g2 ag|fdd2 d2dc|Bdef gedc|1BGG2 G2:|2BGG2 G4|| G,B,DF G2G2|A=FFE F2FE|D^FAc dedc|BGG2 G2 GB,| G,B,(DF) G2G2|A=FFE F2FE|D^FAc dedc|BGG2 G2 [G,G]G|| P:Alternate 'A' part (2nd time through) [D2B2g2] [G,G][G,G][D2B2g2]ag|fdd2 d2dd|Bdef gedc|BG [G2B2] G2[G,G]G| [D2B2g2] [G,G][G,G][D2B2g2]ag|fdd2 d2dd|Bdef gedc|BG [G2B2] G2||
DARKER THE NIGHTS THE BETTER I SEE . American, Reel (cut time). G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The tune is sourced to fiddler Owen Chapman (1919-2002), of Chapman's Hollow, Canada, Pike County, Kentucky. It bears no musical relationship with western North Carolina fiddler Manco Sneed's nearly identically titled "Darker the Night the better I can See (1) (The)," but rather is a version of "Give the Fiddler a Dram (2)," and has distant similarities to the British hornpipe "Cuckoo's Nest (4) (The)"/"Jacky Tar."