Monkey on the Dogcart
X:1 T:Monkey in the Dogcart M:2/2 L:1/8 S:Leake County Revelers D:Columbia 15205-D (78 RPM), Leake County Revelers (1928) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/monkey-dogcart Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C +slide+c'2c'e- e2g2|agec- c2 (a2|c'2)c'e- e2g2|a6 a2-| c'2c'e- e2g2|agec- cG(Bc|d4-) dcBA|GABG g2a2-| c'2c'e-e2g2|agec- c2 (a2|c'2)c'e- e2g2|a6 a2-| c'2c'e- e2g2|agec- cB A((3DEF|G)EA2 BAG2|c6|| |:[^F2^d2]-|[Ge][Ge][G2e2][E2c2][E2c2]|d[Ec]-[Ec][Ec] [E2c2][^F2^d2]-|[Ge][Ge][G2e2][E2c2][E2c2]|+slide+d6[^F2^d2]-| [Ge][Ge][G2e2][E2c2][E2c2]|d[Ec]-[Ec][Ec] [E2c2][^A2^f2]-|[Bg]age- ec d2|c6:||
MONKEY ON/IN A/THE DOG CART. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Mississippi, Missouri. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. The tune, which is related to the "Liza Jane" tune family, was recorded for the Library of Congress by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph from Ozarks Mountains fiddlers in the early 1940's. However, the tune appears to have not been associated with Ozarks fiddling prior to the Mississippi band the Leake County Revelers' recording, which seems to be the primary source for the tune and title. The Revelers (with Wil Gilmer on fiddle) recorded the tune in 1928, the same year Huey Long hired them to play for his gubernatorial campaign (Tony Russell, County Music Originals, p. 117). Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers also recorded "Monkey in the Dogcart" in the 78 RPM era, a more restrained version than the Revelers' produced. Ming was born in 1902 in Choctaw County, Mississippi.
Sometimes the following ditty is sung in the second strain:
Monkey in a dog cart, dollar in his hand;
Monkey in a dog cart, looks/dressed like a little man.