James Lee's Favorite
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JAMES LEE'S FAVORITE. AKA and see "My Dog Dies." American, Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABA. This melody is labeled a 'jig' in Ryan's Mammoth, meaning not the Irish 6/8 time jig, but rather a type of syncopated old time banjo tune often the vehicle for a type of clog dance and known as a "straight" or "sand" jig (as it was performed on a sanded stage).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 84. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 118.