Run Rabbit Run
X:1 T:Run Rabbit Run N:From the playing of fiddler Ward Jarvis, recorded in the field by David Brose. N:Jarvis was born in 1894 in Calhoun County, W.Va., and moed in the 1940's to N:Athens County, Ohio, to work in the timber industry. C:Clarence "Curly" Herdman (1918-1968, W.Va.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Field Recorder Collective FHR402 - "Wade Jarvis" (2004). D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/run-rabbit-run Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ef|g2g2 g2ef|gage d2e-f|g2 g2 bgag |eaab agef| g2g2g2 ef|gage d2[d2g2]-|[d2g2]ef gage |dcBA G2-G2| [B3g3]a [B2g2]ef|gage d2e-f|g2 g2 bgag |eaab agef| g2g2g2 ef|gage d2[d4g4]|d2 ef g2g2 |dcBA G2-G2|| D-EG2 +slide+B2G2|dcBc BAGE|D=FAB cBc2|+slide++slide+[e2e2] dc BAG2| G,B,DE G2Bc|dcBc BAGE|D=FAB cAF-D|G2G2G2| [G,2D2]G2B2G2|dcBc B2GE|D=FAB cB c2|+slide+[e2e2]dc Bc G2| G,B,DF G2[G,2G2]|dcBc BAGE|D=FAB cAF-D|G2[GB][GA][G2B2]||
RUN, RABBIT, RUN. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The second strain is irregular. "Run, Rabbit, Run" was composed by West Virginia fiddler Clarence "Curly" Herdman (1918-1968), who was born into a musical family who lived near Ripley, Jackson County. Herdman appeared on most of the mid-20th century radio jamborees, played fiddle for country music performer Red Foley and others, and was a member of several bands including the Georgia Crackers and, in later years in southeaster Pennsylvania, the West Virginia Boys. "Run, Rabbit, Run" was renamed "Run, Nygarrd, Run" on a 1994 tape of Clyde Curley and other Pacific Northwest musicians, in honor of ex-Seattle musician Scott Nygarrd. It is thus a play on the old racist tune title "Run, N....., Run." Performer Ward Jarvis (W.Va./Ohio) also played the reel, which he learned from Herdman.