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DREAM SONG. American, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "(This tune) was heard in a dream...Mrs. Armstrong relates that she dreamed of seeing her Uncle Laney--the most accomplished fiddler in the family, and the one who knew the greatest store of old music--sitting on a log in a clearing and playing this air on his violin. The tune impressed her so by its wistful quality that she still recalled it when awake; so she at once tried it out on her fiddle and committed it to memory. The tune itself, it may be noted, is very much in the style of a British folk melody" (Bayard).

The first several bars are quite like the Irish air "Bob Jordan."

Source for notated version: Mrs. Sarah Armstrong, (near) Derry, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1943 (composed by herself) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Hill Country Tunes), 1944; No. 28.

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