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X:1 T:Jones County M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Charles Long (b. 1869, Mississippi) Z:transcribed by Tom Rankin K:A e/(e/c) e>(e|e/f/)e/(d/ c)(A|A/)A/-A A>c|B(c c)(e| e/)(c/d) e>(e|e/f/)e/(d/ c)(A|A/)A/-A A>c|BA- A(c|| c/)c/-c c>(A|B/c/)B/(A/ F)(E|E)A A>c|Bc- c(c| c/)c/-c c>(A|B/c/)B/(A/ F)(E|E)A A>c|BA- A2||

JONES COUNTY. American, Reel. USA, Mississippi. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AB. Jones County is southwest of Clarke County, Mississippi, where Charles Long recorded the tune for the Library of Congress in 1939. Tom Rankin (1985) calls it a "locally constructed tune" built of familiar phrases with lyrics of local, not national, importance.

Gone a whole week to see my love
Down in Jones County,
Gone a whole week to see my love
Down in Jones County.
Fair you will and goodbye too,
Down in Jones County;
Fair you well and goodbye too,
Down in Jones County.

See also the related "Little Home to Go to (1)." Compare "Jones County" also with north Georgia fiddler John Carson's version of "Sugar in the Gourd (1)"[1].

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Charles Long (b. 1869, Clarke County, Mississippi) [Rankin].

Printed sources : - Rankin, 1985; Notes for "Great Big Yam Potatoes."

Recorded sources : - Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002, Charles Long - "Great Big Yam Potates: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi" (1985).

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  1. "Mr. Long's bowing, although cruder, is surprisingly similar to Carson's" [Liner notes to Rounder 1003, Fiddlin' John Carson - "The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster's Going to Crow."