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GUEST,Bob Coltman Lyr Req: Along Came The Devil (23) RE: Lyr Req: Along Came The Devil 25 May 15


American instances of this song are rarer, but some years ago I found this one in Horace Kephart, "Our Southern Highlanders," NY, Macmillan, 1913 and Rev Ed 1922, 1941, pp 81-2.

In the chapter "Bear Hunt in the Smokies," Kephart recounts,

"Then we discovered that there was musical talent, of a sort, in Little John. He cut a pigeon-wing, twirled around with an imaginary banjo, and sang in a quaint minor:

Did you ever see the devil
With his pitchfork and ladle,
And his old iron shovel
And his old gourd head?

O, I will go to meetin'
An' I will go to meetin'
Yes, I will go to meetin'
In an old tin pan."

I have looked for evidence that there may be related lyrics to the fiddle tune "Up Jumped the Devil" but so far have come up dry.


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