Annotation:Grandmammy Look at Uncle Sam

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GRANDMAMMY LOOK AT UNCLE SAM. AKA - "Granny Look at Uncle Sam," "Grandma Take a Look at Uncle Sam," "Run Here Granny Take a Look at Uncle Sam" (Ed Hayley's title). American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). USA, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, Tennessee. A Dorian/Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCC. The tonality keeps shifting between the minor and major throughout the tune, and some versions are 'crooked' (irregular bars). Fiddler John Hartford remarked, "Gene Goforth and us have been playing this old tune for years ever since we heard Howdy Forrester play it on a record with a minor chord progression. We did not play the [Ed. minor?] melody but played major chords instead." The following ditty was sung to the tune:

Run here Grandmammy, look at (Uncle) Sam,
He's soppin' all the gravey and eatin' all the ham.

According to Clay County, West Virginia, fiddler Wilson Douglas (1922-1999), influential east Kentucky fiddler Ed Hayley (1885-1951) played this tune, calling it by the above ditty lines.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Howard Forrester who learned it from his Uncle Bob Cates (Hickman, Tennessee) [Phillips]; Gene Goforth (Springfield, Mo.) [Hartford/Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 1996; p. 27. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 57.

Recorded sources : - Marimac AHS #3, Glen Smith - "Say Old Man" (1990. Learned from Howdy Forrester). Rounder Records 0037, J.P. & Annadeene Fraley - "Wild Rose of the Mountain (1973). Rounder CD0392, John Hartford - "Wild Hog in the Red Brush and a Bunch of Others You Might Not Have Heard" (1996. Learned from Howdy Forrester). Rounder CD-0388, Gene Goforth - "Emminence Breakdown" (1997).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear J.P. Fraley's version at Slippery Hill [2] and [3]
Hear W.Va. fiddler Douglas Wilson's version at Berea Sound Archives [4]

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