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GEORGIANA MOON. AKA - "Dreamy Georgiana Moon." Bluegrass, Waltz. USA, Georgia. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA. Composed by fiddler Clayton McMichen (north Georgia) with 'Slim' Bryant in 1935, who recorded it with their group The Georgia Wildcats in 1937 for Decca. The melody (which, although usually played as an instrumental, also has words) did not sell well, to McMichen's lasting disappointment. "It was one of the most beautiful tunes I ever wrote in my life. We thought we were going to get rich on it. Heh. We didn't sell enough to pay for the first pressing. I got about 75 or 80 cents for writing it," he said later in life. The melody is often thought of as an older tune, in the public domain. The lyric begins:

Dreamy Georgiana moon,
No one was there but you,
When I looked into your eyes,
With a sigh, whispered I would be true,

Source for notated version: Kenny Baker [Brody, Phillips].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 118. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 261.

Recorded sources: County 775, Kenny Baker- "Farmyard Swing." American Heritage 510, Jay Belt- "Fiddlin' Jay Belt." CMH 9006, Benny Martin- "The Fiddle Collection." Rounder LP 0034, Asa Martin and The Cumberland Rangers - "Dr. Ginger Blue: Timely Old Tunes" (appears as "Dreamy Georgiana Moon"). Rounder LP 005, Snuffy Jenkins and Pappy Sherrill - "33 Years of Pickin' and Pluckin" (appears as "Dreamy Georgiana Moon").

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