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Stewart Lyr Req: Sally in the Garden (15) RE: Lyr Req: Sally in the Garden 11 Sep 17


By coincidence I was just learning this tune on my fiddle when this thread was revived. I had heard it played by Laurel Premo & Anna Gustavsson here.

Here on the "Mountain Music of Kentucky" album JD Cornett sings the song acapella, and Marion Sumner does a version at break-neck speed on the same album - I prefer it at a slower speed.

It was the tune of the week on the Banjo Hangout here
"I found it hard to put any history around it other than to say its an old American fiddle tune (Appalachian, Kentucky) and there appear to be associated songs and lyrics. In summary the protagonist Sally seems to be in the aforementioned garden sifting sand for goodness knows what reason, possibly helping out some chap Sam, and may be waiting for (or already upstairs with) the infamous and quite filthy hog-eye man, although this may be some quite different Sally - who knows? In the more robust versions she has a very nasty case of flatulence that literally shakes the foundations of buildings. Either way she doesn't seem to be the sort of girl to take home to your mother - but who am I to judge."

Cheers, S in Seattle


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