Roaring River (2)
X:1 % T:Roaring River  M:2/4 L:1/8 C:Solomon Northup N:Northup was a fiddler and a freeman in the North N:before being tricked to coming to Washington D.C. and sold into slavery N:The tune dates to c. 1840-1850. B:Northup – Twelve Years a Slave K:G D|E.G/.G/ .G.G|(GBAG) EG|.B.B (A/B/A/G/)|E/(G/F/G/) DE| .G.G (G/B/A/G/)|(EG) (GA)|.B.B (A/B/A/G/)|EGG!fine!:| |:d|.g.d (e/f/e/d/)|.B.d (e/f/e/d/)|.B.d.d.g|.B.B (A/B/A/G/)|.E.G.G.d| gd (e/f/e/d/)|.d.f.f.a|.d.d (c/d/c/B/)|.E.G.G!D.C.!:|]
ROARING RIVER . American, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Solomon Northup , an African-American fiddler and carpenter originally from Saratoga, New York State. Northup was tricked into going to Baltimore to play for a circus, but was captured and sold into slavery. He had a variety of masters and endured a various conditions and treatment/mistreatment, including during time on several Louisiana plantations. "Roaring River" is transcribed and appears in Northup's book Twelve Years a Slave (1853). He was, for a time, responsible for timber cutting and extraction on a river; perhaps his "Roaring River" was inspired this experience.