The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4461 Message #24555
Posted By: Bill in Alabama
25-Mar-98 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barlow Knife
Subject: RE: Barlow Knife - Want lyrics
In my part of the southern Appalachians, the tune was considered a fiddle tune or a dance tune, and the only verse I ever heard sung was the one about being a poor boy all my life, with the chorus being the piece about Barlow Handle, Barlow Blade. Because many of those tunes, especially dance tunes, tend to last for a very long time, the instrumental burden is occasionally broken up by such a single verse/chorus vocal. Although there were others of the same type with which I was once familiar, I can't think of one now, other than Sally Goodwin, which we sang with only one verse.