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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
themselves, even a list of tides" familiar to Texans is enough
to set the foot patting. From the British Isles, but more or less
naturalized by now, have come the "Irish Washerwoman,"
"Money Musk," "The Girl I Left Behind Me," "Come, Haste to
the Wedding," "The Campbells are Coming," "Sailor's Horn-
pipe," "Rory O'More," "Gilderoy," "Kitty O'Neal," and "Seamus
O'Brien." "Devil's Dream" is probably based on an Irish tune;
Ben Page, an old West Texas fiddler, at the mention of "Devil's
Dream," would say: "Oh, you must not talk that way; mother
taught me to say 'Bad Man's Dream'."
And among the American favorites, most of which originated
in the South, Texans have played: "Turkey in the Straw"
(known in minstrel shows as "Old Zip Coon"), "Sugar in the
Gourd" (from which is derived "Natchez Under the Hill" and
perhaps even "Turkey in the Straw" itself), "Eighth of January"
(or "'Possum Up a Gum Stump"), "Tennessee Wagoner" and
"Gray Eagle" (both named for race horses), "Sallie Gooden,"
"Black-Eyed Susie," "The Prairie Girl," "The Prettiest Girl in
the Country," "Sallie Johnson," "Dilcey Hawkins," "Jenny Is a
Pretty Girl," "Pop Goes the Weasel," "Arkansas Traveler,"
"Cripple Creek," "Sourwood Mountain," "Forked Deer" (named
for a Tennessee river), "Round Trip," "Buffalo Gals" and "Old
Rosin the Beau," or "Bow" (minstrel tunes), "Stay Out of the
White Folks' Yard," "Cotton-Eyed Joe," "Old Gray Goose,"
"Walk Along, John," "Little Brown Jug" (inseparably associated
with the heel and toe polka in Texas), "Ten of Diamonds" and
"Jack of Diamonds" (those gamblers' pieces when Ben Page
would play as one, calling out "Change!" when he went from
one to the other), "John Dobbin" (or "Wrangles and Jangles,"
which was Ben's favorite), "Texas Uniform" (or "Buckskin
Britches" or "Leather Britches"), "Downfall of Paris" (or
"Mississippi Sawyer"), "Great Big Taters in Sandy Land" (bor-
rowed from the singing game and known sometimes as "Gwine
to the Weddin' With Sally Ann"), "Hell Among the Yearlings"
(known in Tennessee as "Hell Broke Loose in Georgia"),
"Molly, Put the Kettle On," "Step Light, Ladies, Your Cake's
"This list of titles has been drawn from many sources. A collection of
newspaper clippings and of references to other printed sources pertaining to
fiddlers and fiddle tunes, loaned by J. Frank Dobie, has been the chief source.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/96/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.