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X:1 T:One Eyed Rosie N:From the playing of fiddler Clyde Davenport (Wayne County, Ky.) N:Davenport (b. 1921) was born in Blue Hole Hollow, near Mt. Pisgah on the N:Cumberland Plateau in south-central Kentucky, not far from the border with N:Tennessee. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:GDad tuning (fiddle) Q:"Moderately Quick." D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/one-eyed-rosie Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G Bd2e d6- dd|B-A A2[A2d2]AB|[M:5/4]d2Bd de d2d2|[M:3/2]BdBA [G6B6] Bd-| de2 d6- dd|B-A A2[A2d2]AB|[M:5/4]d2Bd de d2d2|[M:C|]BdBA G2E2|| DEG[GA]- [G2B2][G2B2]|AGAd B2[G2B2]|DGAd B2G2|AdBA G2E2| DEG[GA]- [G2B2][G2B2]|AGAd B2[G2B2]|B-d2e d2d2|[M:3/2]BdBA [G8B8]||



ONE EYED ROSIE. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. G Major. GDgd tuning (fiddle). AABB. An archaic-style fiddle tune, at least in the first strain where 'dwell notes' (notes held for longer than normal, making an irregular rhythm). Source Clyde Davenport (b. 1921, Wayne County, Ky.) sang the following lines in the song, in a call-and-response form.

I'll never need some one-eyed Rosie,
I'll never need some one-eyed Rosie.

An interviewer from Morehead State interviewed Clyde for the Vintage Fiddlers Oral History Project in 1985 and asked him if this tune was from World War One. He chuckled and said, "Long before World War One," and paused to tune before adding, "Old before the hills were for sale"[1]

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: -County 788, Clyde Davenport (Monticello, Ky.) - "Clydeoscope: Rare and Beautiful Tunes from the Cumberland Plateau" (1986).

See also listing at: Hear Clyde Davenport's recording at Slippery Hill [1]



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  1. At 24:15 of the interview [2]