She oughta been a Lady

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SHE OUGHTA BEEN A LADY. AKA and see “Hell on the Wabash (4)," “Pussy and the Baby,” “Silver Lake (4).” American, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. “She Oughta Been a Lady” is the title by which the tune is generally referred to in Missouri. It is related to the Irish Hornpipe "<incipit title="load:Beaux" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Beaux of Oak Hill (1)">Beaux of Oak Hill (1)</incipit>"/"<incipit title="load:Bluehill" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Boys of Bluehill (The)">Boys of Bluehill (The)</incipit>," and probably a version of that tune (see note for "Beaux of Bluehill (The)" for more). Source Vesta Johnson’s mother played the tune, and claimed it had been in her family for generations. Her mother also remembered a neighbor playing the tune and singing words to it. A similar Ozarks tune, points out Drew Beisswenger (2008) is the Stonekings’ “Birdie in the Snowbank.”

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Vesta Johnson (b. 1922, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 72.

Recorded sources: -Missouri Friends of Folk Arts MFFA 1001, Vesta Johnson – “I’m Old But I’m Awful Tough” (1977).



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