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X:1 T:Se-cesh T:Shiloh [1] N:The title is a colloquialism meaning ‘secessionist’ M:2/4 L:1/8 Q:"Moderately Quick" S:Howdy Forrester; transcribed by John Hartford N:Sung to the ‘A’ part: “Tie my knapsack on my back, my rifle on my shoulder, I’ll N:go away to Shiloh and there I’ll be a soldier.” Vocal melody is third part. B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 1988 (p. 49) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/|dd/e/ d/c/B/A/|GG/A/ GD/G/|BB/c/ B/A/G/A/|A2 AA/B/| cc/d/ c/B/A/G/|F>G FF/E/|D/E/D/F/ EF|G>A G:| |:B/c/|d/B/G/c/ B/d/g/a/|g/(b/b) b>c'|baab|c'>d cB/c/| dB/d/ fa|b>c' b(a|a/)b/d/f/ ef|g>a g:| P:"Vocal air, sung to 1st strain" ||dddB|DGGA|BBBG|A2A2|cc/c/ cA|F2 FE|DDEF|G2G2||

SECESH. AKA - "Shiloh (1)." American, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune (as “Secech”) was mentioned in the Atlanta Journal as being “one of the best selections” of the group the Mud Creek Symphony, who broadcast in 1924 on WSB, the Atlanta radio station. The group, from Pea Ridge, Habersham County, Georgia, consisted of two pair of brothers, the older two uncles of the younger set. New and Ed Tench, both fiddlers, were in their sixties at the time and claimed to have been fiddling for forty-five years or more. The Journal wrote they had played so long that “harmony between the two is merely a matter of second nature” [see Wayne Daniel, Pickin’ on Peachtree, 1990, p. 54). John Hartford included these words with the tune:

Tie my knapsack on my back, my rife on my shoulder;
I'll go away to Shiloh and there I'll be a soldier.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil’s Box), vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 1988; p. 49.

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