It Thundered in the East
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IT THUNDERED IN THE EAST. American, Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is similar to minstrel Dan Emmett's "Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel" ("Kingdom Coming", "Year of Jubilo"); Bayard (1981) thinks it likely they may both have been derived from some common ancestor.
The ditty below was recited by Bayard's source:
It thundered in the East,
And it thundered in the West,
And it thundered in the Allegheny Mountains. (Bayard)
Source for notated version: Thomas Patterson (Elizabeth, Pa., 1930's) [Bayard].
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 89, p. 54.