Gippy Get Your Hair Cut

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GIPPIE GET YOUR HAIRCUT. AKA - "Chippy/Tippy/Johnny/Hippie Get Your Hair Cut." AKA and see "If I had a Nickel." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). USA, W. Va. C Major. Standard or GDgd (Melvin Wine) tunings (fiddle). AAB (Phillips/1989): AA'B (Phillips/1994) {the 'B' part is irregular}. The tune was learned by Braxton County, West Virginia, musician Bob Wine, father of fiddler Melvin Wine, who heard mulatto fiddler Jilly Grace play it but once. According to Gerry Milnes (1999) the elder Wine “could not even bribe Grace to play the tune a second time, but he managed to learn it anyway.” Grace was a fiddler in the Burnsville area who occasionally played for horse-drawn traveling merry-go-rounds. Melvin Wine called the tune "If I had a Nickel" (although one of his versions appears as "Tippy Get Your Hair Cut") and introduced the tune with the spoken fragment:

If I had a nickel, and I had a dime,
Gippy get your hair cut, short like mine.

Words sung to the tune also go:

Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut, hair cut,
Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut short.
Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut, hair cut,
Johnny get your hair cut like a sport.

"Pineywoods Gal" has some similarities to "Gippie get Your Hair Cut" but it is not a cognate tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Clark Kessinger (W.Va.) [Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Davis (Devil's Box, vol. 20, No. 3), Fall 1986; p. 16. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 237. Phillips (Fiddle Case Tunebook: Old Time Southern), 1989; pp. 20-21. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 97.

Recorded sources : - Brunswick 364 (78 RPM), The Kessinger Brothers (1929). County Records 536, "The Kessinger Brothers 1928-1930" (1974). Poplar Records, Melvin Wine - "Cold Frosty Morning.” Rounder 0172, Bob Carlin - "Where'd You Get That Hat?" (1982. Learned from W.Va. fiddler Melvin Wine). Rounder 0533, Roger Cooper – "Essence of Old Kentucky" (2006).

See also listing at :
Hear the Kessinger Brothers' recording at Slippery Hill [1] and on youtube.com [2]
Hear Melvin Wine's field recording at Slippery Hill [3] ("Tippy Get Your Hair Cut").



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