Been to the East Been to the West
BEEN TO THE EAST, BEEN TO THE WEST. AKA and see "Great Big Yam Potatoes." Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning. AB (Phillips): AABB (Kuntz, Songer). A similar tune is "Goin' to Chatanooga," in the 'A' part. The original is from the Leake County Revellers, recorded on a 78 RPM in 1928.
Well, I've been to the east and I've been to the west,
And I've been to Alabama;
Prettiest girl I ever did see,
And her name was Susianna.
Hawk said, "I'll find me something for to eat,
Gonna 'light on the yellowhammer."
Source for notated version: Liz Slade (Yorktown, New York) [Kuntz]; Mary Lea [Phillips].
Printed sources: Kuntz, Private Collection. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 29. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 26.
Recorded sources: Columbia 15318 (78 RPM), Leake County Revelers (1928). Varrick VR -038, Yankee Ingenuity - "Heatin' Up the Hall" (1989).
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