John Short's Tune
X:1 T:John Short's Tune M:C L:1/8 Z:Walter Daves K:D | fg |: "D"a2aa ag2g | f3f f2ef | "A"gfe2 d2c2 | "D"e2d2 A2fg | a2aa abag | f3f f2ef | "A"gfe2 d2c2 |[1 "D"d3d3 fg :|[2 "D"d3d3 AA | "D"F2A2 F2A2 | F2A2 F2A2 | d3c B2F2 | "G"A2G2 G4| "A"E3F G2A2 | c3c3 AA | "D"B2A2 ^G2A2| B2A2 ^G2A2| "D"F2A2 F2A2 | F2A2 F2A2 | d3c B2F2 | "G"A2G2 G4 | "A"E3F G2A2 | c3c c2A2 | B2A2 BABc | "D"d3d3|]
JOHN SHORT'S TUNE. American, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Fiddler 'Chirps' Smith remarks that the tune was collected by members of the Allen Street String Band from a musician named Erwin Thompson (1915-2015) of Godfrey, Madison Co, IL . Smith also found reference to a fiddler named John W. Short (1839-1927) from Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, who was remembered as 'loving to play at every occasion'. It is possible Short was the source for the tune.