Oh My Little Darling

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OH MY LITTLE DARLING. AKA and see "My Little Dony." American, Reel. A Major/Mixoldyian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. "Oh My Little Darling" was recorded in the field by Herbert Halpert during his 1939 collecting trip for the Library of Congress (AAFS 3115 B1), from the playing and singing of Alabama farmer Thaddeus C. Willingham (Gulfport, Miss.). Willingham learned many of his pieces from former slaves who still worked on his father's farm. Willingham sang the following verses:

Oh my little darling, don’t you weep and cry,
Some sweet day a-coming, marry you and I.

Oh my little darling, don’t you weep and moan,
Some sweet day a-coming, take my baby home.

Up and down the railroad,‘cross the county line,
Pretty little girls a-plenty, but a wife is hard to find.

Nigger drives the wagon, nigger walks behind,
Kill yourself a-laughing to see them horses flyin’.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Smithsonian Folkways FW02325, Mike Seeger - "Old Time Country Music" (originally issued 1962).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Thaddeus Willingham's recording at the Old Town School of Folk Music [2]
Hear the Volo Bogtrotter's version at the Old Town School of Folk Music [3]




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