The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #994   Message #987856
Posted By: JohnInKansas
21-Jul-03 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Red Wing
Subject: RE: red wing
Music for "Red Wing" is in quite a few of the "collection" books, but the Brumley books already mentioned are one of a very few (in my collection) that give lyrics. (I got my copies at "Wall Drug" - a historically famous Wall, South Dakota mercantile and tourist trap mecca, on one of our long road trips between Seattle and Kansas.) Those books seem to pop up in strange places - but seldom in book stores. Mail or web order is likely to be the most reliable method of finding one.

My index shows that it's treated in Logsdon's Whorehouse Bells, with my notation of "(4 refrain versions)". (Sometimes he does include a "clean" version, for reference.) I'll be out of touch for a few days, but will try to check which versions have been posted when I'm back.

The song is played a lot in sessions and campgrounds, and most everyone knows the tune; but it's seldom sung, largely because the lyrics are "unpronounceable" at "bluegrass tempo." Even "old-time" players usually pace it too fast for comfortable singing.