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LITTLE BOY, WHERE'D YOU GET YOUR BRITCHES? AKA – "Hey Little Boy Where'd You Get Your Britches?" AKA and see "Little Boy Little Boy." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Titon): AABB (Phillips). The 'B' part is a variant of the 'A' part of the Kentucky tune "Huldy in the Sinkhole." Source Clyde Davenport (1921), from near Mt. Pisgah, Wayne County, Cumberland Plateau, Kentucky, learned the tune from his father, Will Davenport, who is the only source for this version of the melody. He sang this ditty to the tune:

Little boy, little boy, where'd you get your britches?
Daddy cut 'em out and Mammy sewed the stitches.

"Old Beech Leaves" is a related tune.

Clyde Davenport

Source for notated version: Clyde Davenport (b. 1921, Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.) [Phillips, Titon].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 142. Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 92, p. 121.

Recorded sources: Berea College Appalachian Center AC002, Clyde Davenport – "Puncheon Camps" (1992). Field Recorder Collective FRC103 & 104, "Clyde Davenport." Rounder 0197, Bob Carlin – "Banging & Sawing" (1985. Learned from fiddler Clyde Davenport via New York revival fiddler Liz Slade).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Clyde Davenport play the tune at Berea Digital Content [2], recorded by John Harrod.




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