Annotation:Sweet Evelina Waltz

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SWEET EVELINA. AKA - "Dear Evalina," "Sweet Evalina." American, Waltz and Song Tune (3/4 time). USA; Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. "Dear Evalina" was a song by an unknown author, first published in New York by E.A. Daggett in 1863. It was widely known, and told of love, poverty and separation which resonated in a time of national conflict. The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954.

Way down in the meadow, where the lily first blows,
Where the wind from the mountain ne'er ruffles the rose;
Lived fond Evelina, the sweet little dove,
The pride of the valley, the girl that I love.

Sweet Evelina, dear Evelina,
My love for thee shall never, never die.

She's fair as a rose, like a lamb she is meek,
And she never was known to put paint on her cheek;
In the most graceful curls hangs her raven-black hair,
And she never requires perfumery there.

Evelina and I, one evening in June,
Took a walk all alone by the light of the moon;
The planets all shone, for the heavens were clear,
And I felt round the heart, oh, most mightily queer.

Three years have gone by and I've not got a dollar,
Evelina still lives in the green grassy hollow.
Although I am fated to marry her never,
I'll love her, I'm sure, forever and ever.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 142 (additional lyrics on page 403). John Lair (100 WLS Barn Dance Favorites), 1935; p 27.

Recorded sources : - Bluebird 7348 (78 RPM), The Blue Sky Boys (c. 1938). Marimac 9059, Lynn "Chirps" Smith - "Midwestern Harvest" (1994). MSOTFA 101, Vee Latty - "Fever in the South" (1992. Originally recorded c. 1955). Supertone 9643, Arkansas Woodchopper (pseud. for Luther Ossenbrink), 1930. Victor 21188 (78 RPM), Phil Reeve & Ernest Moody (1928). Vocalion 04440 (78 RPM), W. Lee O'Daniel & the Light Crust Doughboys (1938). Yodel-Ay-Hee 1-8327, Critton Hollow String Band - "Poor Boy" (1979).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Oklahoma fiddler Burrell Reed's home recording by Chris Delaney at Slippery Hill [2]
See the Ballad Index entry for the song [3]

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