Little Brown Hand
X:1 T: Her Little Brown Hand N:From the playing of Fiddlin' Arthur Smith with the Delmore Brothers. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel and Song D:Bluebird 7547 (78 RPM), Arthur Smith Trio (1938) D:https://archive.org/details/78_her-little-brown-hand_arthur-smith-trio_gbia0176083a/HER+LITTLE+BROWN+HAND+-+Arthur+Smith+Trio.flac Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G D2|GFGB edBA|BG A2 G3B-|dBde- fdeB-|d6 DF| GFGB e2-BA|BGAF G3D|EFGc B-AFA|G6|| GA-|Bd-d"4"e- dBAG|BJ[e2g2][eg]- [eg]d-cA|Bd-de fdeB|d6GA| Bd-d-"4"e- dBAG|BJ[e2g2][eg]- [eg]d-cB|AdBe dB-AG-|G6||
The melody (as an instrumental) was in the repertoire of southwestern Virginia fiddler Albert Hash (1917-1985), learned from the playing of Tennessee's Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. It was one of his favorite tunes to play, and he was of the opinion that "it had an awful lot of fiddling in it, more than you would think."
I had a log cabin way down in Tennessee,
The morning glories hanging ‘round the door;
Prettiest little [coon] gal you ever did see
She’s been my lady friend a year or more.
Now honey, more than once I caught your big eyes a-roamin’,
Just to give me your little brown hand;
If you’ll be my mrs., we’ll live on love and kisses,
Honey does you love your man.
Two little children of long, long ago,
Used to play together in the sand;
One evening when the sun was gettin’ very low,
I took her by her little brown hand.