Wake up Jacob and Let's go a-Hunting
X:1 T:Wake up Jacob and Let's go a-Hunting M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Quick" R:Reel S:Lon Jordan (c. 1876-?, Farmington, Arkansas) N:From a 1941 field recording by Vance Randolph D:Library of Congress AFS 05321 B03 F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/wake-jacob-and-lets-go-hunting Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Emin g3f- f3g/f/|e2B4 (ef|g2)g2 f2e2|b8| g4 f2 g/f/|e2B4 (A2|B2)B2 BAGF|1E8:|2 E4D4|| G2 zG ED2 z|B2 g6 |g2eg f2de | ddBA G2D2| G2 GG E2D2|GGG(B/d/ g4)|g2 eg f2 d2-|ddBA G2 D2:|
WAKE UP JACOB AND LET'S GO A-HUNTING. American, Reel (cut time). E Minor ('A' part) & G Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. The tune is sourced to fiddler Lon Jordan of Farmington, Arkansas, who was recorded in 1941 by folklorist Vance Randolph (1892-1980) for the Library of Congress, using a borrowed tape machine. Jordan was about the age 65 at the time, making his birth date around 1876. Unfortunately, little else is known of him, although he is mentioned in Randolph's writings occasionally. There is a picture of him in Beisswenger and McCann's Ozarks Fiddle Music (2008, p. 85), looking dapper in suit coat and tie, but playing the fiddle against his chest in the old-time way, with his right hand halfway up the bow. "Wake up Jacob, Let's go a Hunting" sounds like it may have black-face minstrel origins.