Shoot Two Bits
X:1 T:Shoot Two Bits N:From Bob Walters (1889-1960, Burt County, Neb.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Fast" D:MSOTFA 106, Bob Walters - "Drunken Weagoneer" (2015) D:https://missourifiddling.bandcamp.com/track/shoot-two-bits Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D P:Bob Walters' version: D2-|DEFG A2ag|faec dfed|cABc A2ed|cBAG FGFE| DEFG A2ag|faec dfed|cABc A2ag|faec d2:| |:FG|ABAG FDEF|GFGA BcdB|cded cABc|dcde fga2l| ABAG FDEF|GFGA BcdB|cded cABc|dfec d2:|] P:As taught by Charlie Walden: Ac|d2 fd A2 ag|faec dfed|[ce][A3e3][A2e2] ed|cABd AGFE| DEFG A2ag|faec dfed|[ce][A3e3][A2e2]ag|faec d2:| |:FG|"*"ABAF DFAF|GFGA BcdB|cded cABc|dcde fga2| ABAF DFAF|GFGA BcdB|cded cABc|dfec d2:| P:Substitution "*"ABAG FDEF||
SHOOT TWO BITS. American, Reel (cut time). USA; Nebraska, Missiouri. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. 'Two bits' is a colloquial term for a quarter, though not in common use in modern times. It refers to a time when coinage, particularly silver dollars, could be physically broken up into pie-shaped parts and used as legal tender (the pirate term "pines of eight" derives from the same use). 'Shoot two-bits', however, was a term for a wager in dice games, though with various meanings. 'Shoot two bits' could refer to a game with very low wagers, as it was used by writer Ian Fleming in his Diamonds are Forever:
But the killer was extended the liberty of the place as long as he paid off and held an intrest in a local institution. It could be a house of prostitution or a backroom crap game where the busted could shoot two bits.
One could also shoot a nickel or dime. Alternatively, 'two-bits' could also refer colloquially to twenty-five dollars ($25.00), as employed by writer Daschell Hammett in The Glass Key:
Harry Sloss picked up the dice and rattled them in a pale broad hairy hand. "Shoot two bits," He dropped a twenty-dollar bill and a five-dollar bill on the table.
The second strain begins similarly to that of Bob Walters' "<incipit title="load:bob" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Bob Walter's Hornpipe">Bob Walter's Hornpipe</incipit>."
X:1 M:C| L:1/8 K:D |:FG|ABAG FDEF|GABG E2gf|edcB Aceg|fedB A2FG|