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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).