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JONES COUNTY. Old-Time, Breakdown. 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)."



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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