I Got a Woman on Sourwood Mountain

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I GOT A WOMAN ON SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN. AKA and see "Sourwood Mountain." Old﷓Time, Breakdown & Song. USA, north Georgia. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Rosenbaum). A reworking of the traditional Appalachian song "Sourwood Mountain" by Georgia fiddler Earl Johnson [1] (1886-1965), who added some new verses and subsituted the "hey-de-ing-dang, diddle ally-day" refrain with "What in the world can I do?" See note on “Sourwood Mountain” for more.

Well, I got a woman on Sourwood Mountain,
What in the world can I do?
Had so many children I couldn't count 'em,
What in the world can I do? . . . . (Rosenbaum)

Source for notated version: Earl Johnson via his protégé L.D. Snipes who taught it to Ray Knight (Lumpkin County, Georgia) [Rosenbaum].

Printed sources: Rosenbaum (Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia), 1989; p. 216.

Recorded sources: County 544, Earl Johnson & the Clodhoppers - "Georgia Fiddle Bands, vol. 2".

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]




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