Mudcat Café message #3120386 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46147   Message #3120386
Posted By: greg stephens
24-Mar-11 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Huckleberry Hunting (Pumping Chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Huckleberry Hunting (Pumping Chantey)
Thanks to Gibb Sahib, there is some information a couple of posts back on a subject I have been chasing for years(on mUdcat anong other things). Thirty years ago I found a tune called "Is there anyone here knows General Jackson?" in the notebook of William Irwin the English Lake District fiddler. I have been chasing its presumably American antecedent for years.
And in Old Tar River GSahib has the lines
"Is dere any one here loves massa Jackson
Yes I's de nigga loves General Jackson"

Have you got a tune for that song? Incidentally, Irwin's version of the couplet is more in tune with modern sensibilitites I am glad to say. He has:
"Is there anyone here knows General Jackson
(fiddle bit)
Yes I'm the man knows General Jackson
(fiddle bit)"
(Irwin's piece is a three part fiddle tune, with the third part alternating between voice and fiddle).