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GIPPIE GET YOUR HAIRCUT. AKA and see "Chippy/Tippie/Johnny/Hippie Get Your Hair Cut." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). USA, W. Va. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Phillips/1989): AA'B (Phillips/1994) {the 'B' part is irregular}. Words to the tune 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.

Joel Shimberg reports that West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine sang the fragment "Gippy get your hair cut short like mine" to the melody. "Pineywoods Gal" has some similarities to "Gippie get Your Hair Cut" but it is not a cognate tune.

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). 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]




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