Green Joke (The)
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GREEN JOKE, THE. AKA and see "Paddy Whack (1)," "Paddy O'Whack." English, American; Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. There are several jigs with the name "(a color) Joke" including the infamous "Black Joke (1) (The)", "Blue Joak," and "White Joke," although the "Green Joke" seems to be a much later tune and title. The melody appears in print under the "Green Joke" title in Daniel Steele's New and Complete Preceptor for the German Flute (Albany, 1815). In manuscript form in America, it was included in a commonplace book dated 1811 entitled "Greenfields" (kept at the Litchfield Historical Society), and in Onondaga, New York, flute player Daniel Henry Huntingdon's commonplace book dated 1817.
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Printed sources: Mattson & Walz (Old Fort Snelling... Fife), 1974; p. 64.