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GIPPIE GET YOUR HAIRCUT. AKA - "Chippy/Tippy/Johnny/Hippie Get Your Hair Cut." AKA and see "If I had a Nickel." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). USA, W. Va. C Major. Standard or GDgd (Melvin Wine) tunings (fiddle). AAB (Phillips/1989): AA'B (Phillips/1994) {the 'B' part is irregular}. Words to the tune go:

Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut, hair cut,
Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut short.
Johnny get your hair cut, hair cut, hair cut,
Johnny get your hair cut like a sport.

West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine (who called the tune "If I had a Nickel", although one of his versions appears as "Tippy Get Your Hair Cut") introduced the tune with the fragment:

If I had a nickel, and I had a dime,
Gippy get your hair cut, short like mine.

"Pineywoods Gal" has some similarities to "Gippie get Your Hair Cut" but it is not a cognate tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Clark Kessinger (W.Va.) [Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Davis (Devil's Box, vol. 20, No. 3), Fall 1986; p. 16. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 237. Phillips (Fiddle Case Tunebook: Old Time Southern), 1989; pp. 20-21. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 97.

Recorded sources : - Brunswick 364 (78 RPM), The Kessinger Brothers (1929). County Records 536, "The Kessinger Brothers 1928-1930" (1974). Rounder 0533, Roger Cooper – "Essence of Old Kentucky" (2006).

See also listing at :
Hear the Kessinger Brothers' recording at Slippery Hill [1] and on youtube.com [2]
Hear Melvin Wine's field recording at Slippery Hill [3] ("Tippy Get Your Hair Cut").



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