My Pretty Little Girl's Gone

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X:1 T:My Pretty Little Girl's Gone N:From the playing of fiddler Absie Morrison (1876-1964, Landis, N:Searcy County, Arkansas), recorded in the field in 1959 by John N:Quncy Wolf (Lyon College). N:"I'm gonna play 'My Pretty Little Girl's Gone', and she left me one N:time, too. That's a true story." M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Brisk" R:Air D:http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/morrisonmy1270.mp3 D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/my-pretty-little-girls-gone Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G g2 fd e2 d2|e2d2 e2g2|(f/g/f) e2 d2d2-|d2B2 c2-B2|[D6A6] [DB]c| [M:3/2]d3c B6 e-f|[M:C|]g2 (f/g/f) e2d2|e2dd e2g2|(f/g/f) e2 d2d2-|d2BB c2-B2| [D6A6] Ac|(B/c/B A2)G4||Bd-dd BB e2|d3B G2 Ac |B2 G2 Ac3| B3c d2 gg|[M:3/2](f/g/f) e2 d2- BB G2B2 |[M:C|][D3A3]c B2 cc |d2d2 GB e2| d3B G2 Ac |B2G2 AB c2|B3c d2gg|[M:3/2](f/g/f) e2 d2cc (B/c/B) A2|[M:C|]G8||



MY PRETTY LITTLE GIRL'S GONE. AKA - "My Prettiest Girl is Gone." American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A 'crooked' (irregular measures) tune, played slower than the usual breakdown pieces (almost at march tempo) that Drew Beisswenger (2008) concludes was one of source Absie Morrison's favorites, given the number of times he played it for various field researchers.

Absie Morrison playing with his granddaughter, Delana Morrison, who was only nine at the time of her grandfather’s death in 1964.
Morrison introduces it on the 1959 field recording: "I'm gonna play 'My Pretty Little Girl's Gone', and she left me onetime, too. That's a true story."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Absie Morrison (1876-1964, Searcy County, Arkansas) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 105.

Recorded sources : - Rounder CD 1707, Absie Morrison - "Southern Journey" (Various artists, compiled by Alan Lomax).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Absie Morrison's field recording at the John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection, Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas), site [2] and at Slippery Hill [3]



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