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X:1 T:Trot along My Honey N:From the playing of Howdy Forrester (1922-1987, Vernon, Tenn.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Stoneway Records STT-136, Howdy Forrester - "Big Howdy" (1974) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C [Ec]-[_EB]-|:[=E2c2]AG EGAB|c2 AG EGAB|cBcG BcdB|[E6c6] [Ec]-[_EB]-| [=E2c2]AG EGAB|c2 AG ECEF|G2GA GDB,D |1C6 c-B:|2 C6|| |:cd|e2g2 edcd|ecdc AcGc|ABcA dcAG|[E6c6]cd| e2g2 edcd|ecdc AcGc| A2[d2g2][d3g3]-[eg]|[d8g8]| [dg]-[eg]-[e2g2] edcd|ecdc AcGc|ABcA dcAG|[E6c6][Ec]-[_EB]-| [=E2c2]AG EGAB|c2 AG ECEF|G2GA GDB,D |C6 :| (3EFG|A2A2B-c (3BcB|AcAG ECEG|A2A2 B-c (3BcB|ABcd [e4e4]| (3EFG A2(Bc) (3BcB|AcAG ECEF| Ee2g e2d2|c2 (3BcB A2||

TROT ALONG (MY HONEY). American, Reel (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABC. The phrase "Trot along, my honey" is used in a "coon"[1] song called "Don't care if you never come back":

I don't care if you never come back,
Git a move on you, n....., do,
Lots of more coons in this here town,
So I won't grieve after you.
Lots of more n....s I can have
There's none of them half so black,
So trot along, my honey,
Because you've got no money,
I don't care if you never come back.[2]

The title for Forrester's reel may or may not have its origins in this offensive song, although it is just as plausible that 'trot along, my honey' was a once-common phrase of dismissal that found its way into both pieces.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Howard Forrester [Devil's Box/Phillips]. Forrester (1922-1987) was born in Vernon, central Tennessee, and was one of the highly regarded bluegrass and "contest" style fiddlers of the 20th century. He also had a repertoire of old-time tunes, a legacy from the fiddling of his father, grandfather and uncle.

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 30, No. 2, Summer 1996; p. 46. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 154.

Recorded sources : - Stoneway Records STT-136, Howdy Forrester - "Big Howdy" (1974).

See also listing at :
Hear Howdy Forrester's recording at Slippery Hill [1]
Hear Patti Kusturok's version at [2]
Read interviews with Howdy Forrester by Buddy Spicher (Devil's Box, vol. 21, No. 4, Winter, 1987, pp. 3-14), and by Tex Logan (Devil's Box, vol. 31, No. 3, Fall, 1997; pp. 4-21).

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  1. Some of items in the Traditional Tune Archive may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of the attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the administrators of this site.
  2. Henry Parker Eastman, The Negro, His Origin, History and Destiny, 1905, p. 402.