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X:1 T:Sally Ann [3] S:Doc Roberts M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Conqueror 7766 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts (1931) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ef|g2fa g2d2|[e3e3]e [e2e2]ef|e2d2BABc|d3d d2eg| e2d2B2G2|A3A A2 (AB-|B)GAG E2D2|G3(G,G2):| [G,2D2]-|[G,D]GBd B2G2|A3A A2A2-|ABAG E2D2|G3G G2[G,2D2]-| [G,D]_B=Bd B2G2|A2 A A2A-B-|BGAG E2D2|G3G G2||

SALLY ANN [3]. AKA - "Martha Anna." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. G Major (Brody, Titon): A Major (Kuntz): D Major (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Johnson): AABB (Brody, Kuntz, Phillips, Titon). "Sally Ann [3]" is a well-known and widely disseminated tune related to "Sail Away Ladies" and "Great Big Taters in Sandy Land.” It is less closely related to the Round Peak “Sally Ann (2)." Jeff Titon (2001) states the second strain of the tune is cognate with the low part of “Pateroller Song (The)”/“Run Johnny Run (1)” family of tunes, and may have an African-American origin. John and Alan Lomax published a song version called “Sandy Lan” in their American Folksongs and Ballads (1934), and a version of the song was printed in the Journal of American Folklore in 1915, and the title "Sally Ann" may possibly have resulted from a miss-hearing or corruption of "Sandy Land." John McCutcheon notes it could easily be called "Scott County's Anthem" (Virginia) and was Beachard Smith's (1911-1981) signature tune.

Sally's in the garden sifting sand,
Susie's upstairs with the hog-eyed man;
I'm a-goin home with Sally Anne,
I'm a-goin home with Sally Anne.

Goin' to a weddin'-up Sally Anne,
Great big weddin'-up Sally Anne;
I'm a-goin' home with Sally Anne,
I'm a-goin' home with Sally Anne.

Did you ever see a muskrat Sally Anne?
Draggin' his slick tail through the sand;
Pick it on the banjo Sally Anne,
I'm a-goin' home with Sally Anne. .... (Kuntz)

Sift that meal and save the bran,
I'm going to the wedding with Sally Anne.
Shake that little foot, Sally Anne,
You're a mighty good dancer, Sally Anne. ...{x2} ...(Johnson)

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 245. Johnson (Kitchen Musician No. 2: Old-Timey Fiddle Tunes), 1988 (revised 2003); p. 1. Kuntz (Ragged but Right), 1987; pp. 344-345. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 208. Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 143, p. 169.

Recorded sources : - Conqueror 7766/Perfect 15467 (78 RPM), Fiddling Doc Roberts Trio (1931). Davis Unlimited 33015, Doc Roberts - "Classic Fiddle Tunes." Folk Legacy Records FSA-17, Hobart Smith - "America's Greatest Folk Instrumentalist" (appears as 2nd tune of "Banjo Group 1"). Folkways 2355, "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's, vol. 1." Greenhays GR 710, John McCutcheon - "Fine Times at Our House" (1982). Kicking Mule 202, John Burke - "Fancy Pickin' and Plain Singing." Kicking Mule 205, Delaware Water Gap - "From the Rivers of Babylon to the Land of Jazz" (1978). Rounder 0351, J. P. Fraley – “Maysville: Old Time Fiddle Tunes from Northeast Kentucky” (1995). 5 String Productions 5SP05002, The Hoover Uprights – “Known for their Reputation” (2006. Doc Roberts’ version).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
See banjo tab for Doc Roberts' version at [2]
Hear Doc Roberts' recording on [3] and at Slippery Hill [4]
Hear George Mert Reves' 1964 home recording of "Martha Anna" at Slippery Hill [5]

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