Old Coon Dog (3)

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OLD COON DOG [3]. AKA - "My Old Coon Dog," "Way Down in Hackensack." American, Reel and Air (cut time). A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AABB. Kentucky fiddler Doc Roberts recorded the song/tune in May, 1928, as "My Old Coon Dog" (Gennett 6558). The tune was played energetically by fiddler Arthur Cush Holston, recorded at the Florida Folk Festival. He sang following couplet:

Somebody stole my old coon dog,
I wish they'd bring him back;
To run the big dogs o`er the fence,
The little ones thru the crack.

The couplet (a floating verse, found also in other song/tunes) was in the 1915-16 manuscript of W.S. Black, as heard near Athens, Alabama. Similarly it was in Perrow, 1913, p. 128, heard in Mississippi in 1909[1].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: - Gennett 6558 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts Trio (1928).

See also listing at:
Hear Arthur Cush Holston's rendition, from a performance at the Florida Folk Festival, at Slippery Hill [1]



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  1. Newman Ivey White, American Negro Folk-Songs, 1928, p. 232.