Bear Creek's Up

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 Also known as    Bear Creek, Sally Goodin', Give Me Chaw of Tobacco
 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    4/4
 History    USA(Deep South)
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 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    W.E. Claunch
 Title of recording    Great Big Yam Potatoes: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002
 Year recorded    c. 1985
 Score   ()   

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BEAR CREEK'S UP. AKA and see "Bear Creek," "Sally Goodin'," "Give Me Chaw of Tobacco." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Mississippi. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A regional variant of the well-known "Sally Goodin'" (according to Tom Carter & Gary Stanton) with similar lyrics to Thede's "Bear Creek." This version goes:

Bear Creek's up and Bear Creek's muddy
When a man gets drunk he can't stand steady.

The source for the tune, W.E. Claunch, also played "Sally Goodin,'" and for him it was a different tune, played in a different key. A Bear Creek does flow through Tishomingo County, Mississippi, into the Tennessee River, though it is likely, says Tom Rankin, that the title derives from the lyrics, not the location.

Recorded source: Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002, W.E. Claunch - "Great Big Yam Potatoes: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi" (1985?).