Been to the East Been to the West

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 Theme code Index    5353 5321
 Also known as    Great Big Yam Potatoes
 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    
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Stacy Phillips
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 1
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 29
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1994
 Artist    Leake County Revelers
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    olumbia 15318 (78 RPM)
 Year recorded    1928
 Media    
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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).

X:1
T:Been to the East, Been to the West
L:1/8
M:2/4
S:Liz Slade
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
N:Sung to 'A' part "I been to the east and I been to the west, 
N:and I been to Alabama,
N:Prettiest girl I ever did see, and her name was Susianna."
K:G
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