Sally Ann the Gal I Like

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SALLY ANN, THE GAL I LIKE. AKA - "Little Sally Ann." AKA and see "Nancy Anne," "Possum up a Simmon Tree (1)." American, Reel (cut time). A Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning or AEae (fiddle). AABB. The tune is from the repertory of Canada, Pike County, Kentucky, fiddler Owen "Snake" Chapman (1919-2002), who called the tune "Sally Ann, the Gal I Like" on a 1989 field recording made by collector and fiddler Bruce Greene. However, on Chapman's own recording, "Up in Chapman's Hollow" (named for the family settlement where they had been since the mid-19th century) the tune was called "Little Sally Ann." Chapman learned the reel from his father, a fiddler and practitioner of folk medicine named George "Doc" Chapman. The words Chapman remembered from his father's singing:
Owen "Snake" Chapman

Sally Ann’s the gal I like,
We go to the ball and dance all night;
And just before the break of day,
She takes wings and flies away.

Fly around here little Sally Ann,
Fly around here little Sally Ann;
Fly around here little Sally Ann,
And try to do the best you can.

See also the close cognate tunes "Possum up a Simmon Tree (1),” from northeastern Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas, and West Virginia fiddler Franklin George's “Nancy Anne."


Additional notes





Recorded sources : - Rounder Records 0378, Owen "Snake" Chapman ‎– "Up in Chapman's Hollow" (1996).

See also listing at :
Hear Bruce Greene's 1989 field recording of Owen Champman playing the tune at Slippery Hill [1] and on youtube.com [2]



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