Annotation: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=" of Oak Hill (1)">Beaux of Oak Hill (1)</incipit>"/"<incipit title="load:Bluehill" width=850 link=" of Bluehill (The)">Boys of Bluehill (The)</incipit>," and probably a version of that tune (see note for "annotation: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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