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 Theme code Index    1H3H 1H6 63 63
 Also known as    Bear Creek's Up, Sally Goodin'.
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 History    USA(Ozarks/Western Tenn), USA(Southwest)
 Structure    AAB
 Editor/Compiler    Marion Thede
 Book/Manuscript title    Fiddle Book (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 108
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1967
 Artist    One Eyed Dog
 Title of recording    Traditional Mountain Tunes
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Yodel-Ay-Hee 008
 Year recorded    1993
 Score   ()   

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BEAR CREEK. AKA and see "Bear Creek Sally Goodin'", "Bear Creek's Up," "Sally Goodin'." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Missouri, Oklahoma. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. There are some interesting directions for yells and laughing in this obscure variation of the well-known "Sally Goodin,'" though musically it lacks the melodic content of other versions. Thede's source, W.S. Collins, came from a musical Oklahoma family, whose mid-20th century representative was the fiddler Earl Collins, who recorded several albums.

Bear Creek is up, Bear Creek is muddy,
Can't get across to see my honey.

Bear Creek is up, Bear Creek is swimmin,
Hell's filled up with Buffalo wimmin.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, (on one pitch)
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Source for notated version: W.S. Collins (Potawatomie County, Oklahoma) [Thede].

Printed source: Thede (The Fiddle Book), 1967; p. 108.

Recorded source: Yodel-Ay-Hee 008, One Eyed Dog - "Traditional Mountain Tunes" (1993).