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X:1 T:Walk Chalk Chicken N:From the playing of Melvin Wine (1909-2003, Braxton County, central West Virginia) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEae tuning (fiddle) D:Poplar LPI 40290, Melvin Wine - "Cold Frosty Morning" (1975) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/walk-chalk-chicken Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A [ce]-[de]-||S[e2e2]ce a2c2|e2de f2d2|e2ce a2 ea|fefg a2(3efg| agaf eafe|cee[ce][B2e2]c2|E2A2 ABcA|[M:3/2]BAFG A2 (3ABc A2 :| |:E2-|EAAA ABcA|cBAA FGAF|E2AB cBAc|e2[c2e2-[c2e2][ce]-[de]-| [e2e2]a2 e2 (3afe|ceec B2c2|E2A2 ABcA|[M:3/2]BAFG A2 cB A2afS||



WALK, CHALK CHICKEN. AKA - "Walk Chalk Chicken with a Necktie On." Old-Time, Reel. A cross-tuned (AEae) piece related to the “Farewell to Whiskey (1)/Young America/Ladies Triumph (1)” family of tunes, from the playing of Coppen, West Virginia, fiddler Melvin Wine. He learned the tune from his father, who was the only person he ever heard play it. Comparisons with a similarly-titled rhyme from early 20th century collector Thomas Talley's 1922 collection (Negro Folk Rhymes: Wise and Otherwise) called "Walk, Talk, Chicken with Your Head Pecked," or with the early minstrel song "Ginger Blue" (which uses the words "walk, talk"), are speculative, and no direct connection has been established.

WALK, talk, chicken wid yo' head pecked!
You can crow w'en youse been dead.
Walk, talk, chicken wid yo' head pecked!
You can hoi' high yo' bloody head.

You's whooped dat Blue Hen's Chicken,
You's beat 'im at his game.
If dere's some fedders on him,
Fer dat you's not to blame.

Walk, talk, chicken wid yo' head pecked!


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Recorded sources : - Marimac AHS 6, Melvin Wine "Vintage Wine" (1993). Mudthumper Records, Walt Koken & Claire Milliner - "Just Tunes." O;d Blue CD-709, Melvin Wine - "Fiddle Classics from the Vaults of County Records & Old Blue Records." Poplar LPI 40290, Melvin Wine - "Cold Frosty Morning" (1976).

See also listing at :
Hear Melvin Wine play the tune at Slippery Hill [1]
Hear/see the tune played on youtube.com [2]
See Austin Rogers' standard notation transcription [3] [4]
See John Lamancusa's standard notation transcription [5]



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