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X:1 T:Hattie Bell N:From the playing of Street Butler (1904-1977, Elkton, Todd County, N:southwest Kentucky), recorded in the field by Bruce Greene, 1976. N:"An old song...it's a Maynard Winders, he brought it to this country. I N:don't know where...he mighta got it down in Union County (Ky.), I don't N:know...He brought it here...he used to work here. He's the one who N:brought "Doozer" into this country. M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Song Air Q:"Moderately Slow" D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/916 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G DE|[G,4G4]GE|DB,3D-E|[G,4G4][G,G]>[G,G]|[G,4G4]Bc|[D4d4][D2d2]| d4Bc|d6|d4(e2|g4)g-e|d4 BA|[G,4G4][G,G]| [G,4E2]DE|[G,4G4](GE|D)B,3D-E|[G,6G6]| [G,6G6]||



HATTIE BELL. American, Song Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "Hattie Bell" was a song melody in the repertoire of fiddler Street Butler (1904-1977) of Todd County, southwest Kentucky, played as an instrumental. He was recorded in the field 1976 by folklorist and musician Bruce Greene, and introduced it:

An old song...it's a Maynard Winders, he brought it to this country. I don't know where...he mighta got it down in Union County (Ky.), I don't
know...He brought it here...he used to work here. He's the one who brought "Doozer" into this country.

After playing the melody on the fiddle, Butler remembered a few verses and sang them for the tape:

Hattie Bell, who curled your hair?,
Hattie Bell, who curled your hair?;
Hattie Bell who curled your hair, poor girl,
Hattie Bell, who curled your hair?

Hattie Bell, don't you weep about dyin',
Hattie Bell, don't you weep about dyin';
If you weep about dyin', poor girl,...
You know...aw, I forgot.

There's a wreck on the I.C. Line,
There's a wreck on the I.C. Line;


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