Old Baldy Kickin' up
X:1 T:Old Baldy Kickin' Up N:Transcribed by John Hartford rom the playing of Owen "Snake" N:Chapman (1919-2002, Canada, Pike County, southeastern Kentucky) M:2/4 L:1/8 N:AABB' R:Reel B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 1994 (p. 19) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G (3D/E/F/|GD/C/ B,/C/D/G/|F/F/A/c/ B/G/G/F/|GD/C/ B,/C/D/G/|F/G/A/F/ G:| (3D/E/F/|G/A/B/c/ dB/c/|d/e/d/c/ B/B/D/F/|G/A/B/c/ dG/B/|A/G/F/E/ D(3D/E/F/| G/A/B/c/ dB/c/|d/e/d/c/ B/B/A/B/|c/B/A/G/ Fd/c/|B/G/A/F/ G||
OLD BALDY KICKIN' UP. American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to fiddler Owen Chapman (1919-2002) of Chapman's Hollow, Canada, Pike County, southeastern Kentucky. The tune sounds like it might have British origins, and at least one reviewer has noticed similarities to "Dance to Your Daddy" and "Morpeth Rant (1) . The title, thought not the melody, is also reminiscent of Ozarks fiddler Jim Herd's reel "Hold Old Bald While I Dance with Josie."
John Hartford supplied these words, obtained from Chapman:
Old Baldy kickin' up, Young Baldy, kickin' up,
Old Baldy kickin' up behind and before;
He laid down a kickin' up, he got up a kickin' up,
He run off a kickin' up behind and before.
- Paul Roberts, Musical Traditions review of "Walnut Gap" CD