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X:1 T:Supper Tonight T:Ain't a gonna get no supper here tonight N:From the playing of Street Butler (1904-1977, Elkton, Todd County, N:southwest Kentucky), recorded in the field by Bruce Greene, 1976. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/1179 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G D2E2G2G2|[GA]-[G2B2](G[G4B4])|D2E2G2G2|[GA]-[G2B2]G E2D2| D2E2G2G2|[GA]-[G2B2](G[G2B2])(ef|g2)ge d2B2|1[G,3G3][G,G][G,4G4]:|2[G,3G3][G,G][G,2G2]|| f-g-|:g3e d2e2|+slide+g2e2d4|+slide+[A3a3][Aa] [A2a2][A2a2]|+slide+b2a2 g4| +slide+b3ag2-e2|g3e d2 e-g-|g2e2 d-B A2|G4G4:|



AIN'T GONNA GET NO SUPPER HERE TONIGHT. AKA - "Supper Tonight." American, Reel. A Major: G Major. AEae tuning (fiddle): gDGDE tuning ("Old G" or "Sandy River Belle" banjo tuning). Sourced to Texas fiddler John Wills (Bob Wills' father) via the late California mandolinist Kenny Hall and Vermont fiddler Pete Sutherland. The original key was A Major, although Sutherland plays it in 'G'. A tune called "Not Gonna Get No Supper Here Tonight," also played in G Major, was recorded for the Library of Congress in 1939 by Tishomingo County, Mississippi fiddler John Brown. The title comes from a lyric, parts of which was a "floater" (i.e. usually a couplet or rhyme employed in a variety of different fiddle-songs), as sung, for example, by Tennessee banjo player and entertainer Uncle Dave Macon in a song recorded as "Sourwood Mountain Medley." It begins:




I asked that girl to be my wife,
What'd you reckon she said,
She would not have the poor boy,
If everyone else was dead.

Chorus:
Ain't gonna get no supper here tonight,
Ain't gwine get no supper here tonight.
Oh, my don't tell, Oh my ring the bell,
Ain't gwine get no supper here tonight,
Ain't gwine get no supper here tonight.
See also south-central Kentucky fiddler Sammie Walker's (1910-1987) "Get No Supper Here Tonight," a different reel with a very similar title.


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Recorded sources : - Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin - "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1980).Vocalion Vo 5005, Uncle Dave Macon - "Sourwood Mountain Medley."

See also listing at :
Hear Kentucky fiddler Sammie Walker's 1976 field recording by Bruce Greene at Slippery Hill [1]
Hear southwest Kentucky fiddler Street Butler's 1976 field recording by Bruce Greene at Berea Sound Archives [2]
Hear southwest Kentucky fiddler Jake Phelps 1965 field recording (by D.K. Wilgus?) at Berea Sound Archives [3]



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