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X:1 T:Lost Indian [2] T:Gone Indian M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Howdy Forrester, learned from Uncle John Wills; originally transcribed by John Hartford D:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 22, No. 4, Winter 1988 (p. 50) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A c/B/|AF E/F/A/c/|(e4|e3) c/B/|AF E/F/A|(c2 c>)d|c3 c/B/|AF/A/ EF/E/|(A4| A3) c/A/|A F/C/ EC/B,/|A,/C/E/F/ Ec/B/|AF/C/ EC|E/F/A/B/ AA/B/|AF/A/ EC| F/EF/ EE/F/|AE/F/ EC|E/F/A/B/ Ac/B/|AF/C/ E/F/A/c/|(e4-|e4-|e4-|e3) c/B/| AF E/F/A|(c4-|c4-|c4-|c3) c/B/|AF E/A/B|A2 A>B|A3 B/c/|AG/A/ Ee/c/| A/F/E/F/ Ec/B/|AF/A/ E/C/A,/C/|E/F/A/B/ Ae/c/|AF/A/ EC|E/F/E/F/ EA/B/| AF/A/ EC|E/F/A/B/ Ac/B/|AF/A/ EC/B,/|A,/C/E/F/ Ec/B/|AF/C/ E/F/A/B/| AF/A/ E:|

LOST INDIAN [2]. AKA and see "Gone Indian." American, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning or AEac# (fiddle). One part (Devil's Box): AA'BB'CC' (Beisswenger & McCann). It was customary to vocalize a holler or yelp with the two held notes in this tune, in imitation of an Indian 'whoop'. Bob Holt told Mark Wilson that when John Wills (a champion fiddler and struggling cotton farmer from Texas) played the tune and yelped, "it just about curled your hair." Wills, the father of renowned western swing fiddler Bob Wills, played in the radio as a guest with his son's band, and also broadcast on his own.
John Wills with son Bob, c. mid-1940's
The tune was sometimes referred to as "Gone Indian," but Bob Will's "Gone Indian" has little direct resemblance to his father's "Lost Indian [2]."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Uncle John Wills via Howdy Forrester via John Hartford [Devil's Box]; Bob Holt (1830-2004, Ava, Missouri), learned from Uncle John Wills' radio broadcasts [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 63. Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 22, No. 4, Winter 1988; p. 50.

Recorded sources : - New World 226, Louis H. Propps - "That's My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It; Southern Traditional Instrumental Styles" (1978. Various artists). Rounder CD-0432, Bob Holt - "Got a Little Home to Go to" (1998. Played in AEac# tuning).

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