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Info on Jake Satterfield

arkie 15 Oct 99 - 03:17 PM
arkie 16 Oct 99 - 10:21 AM
Dale Rose 17 Oct 99 - 10:03 AM
arkie 17 Oct 99 - 03:21 PM
GUEST,Matt 29 Dec 10 - 11:54 AM
GUEST,DWR 29 Dec 10 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,Anton 22 Jul 15 - 10:57 AM
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GUEST,Anton 02 Aug 15 - 01:19 PM
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Subject: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: arkie
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 03:17 PM

Anyone out there with any information about the song, Jake Satterfield? It is sung a bit around Stone County, Arkansas, but the first singer to do it here claimed to have heard it in Kentucky. Any help would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: arkie
Date: 16 Oct 99 - 10:21 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: Dale Rose
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 10:03 AM

I have only found a couple of references, a recording by Bill Monroe ~~ my guess is late 70s, and one by Canadian bluegrassers Tom Wilson and Border Bluegrass, with a mention on this page.

Tom Wilson can be reached at this address; maybe he has a source other than the Monroe recording. mailto:torrance@adan.kingston.net


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: arkie
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 03:21 PM

Dale:

Thanks! I'll track those sources.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 11:54 AM

This has been a favorite song of mine since I was a kid. Bill and James Monroe recorded it in 1978 on an album called "Together Again". I've heard the Tom Wilson version...while it is good, does not compare with the Monroe boys version.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 29 Dec 10 - 12:22 PM

Here's an obituary thread for Damon Black, who wrote the song. thread.cfm?threadid=90151


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,Anton
Date: 22 Jul 15 - 10:57 AM

I have yet to listen to Bill Monroe singing it, but I wrote the lyrics as best I could from the two recordings I could find:

http://largiader.com/music/frontporch/jakesatterfield.html

I'm continuing to refine them so please don't post them elsewhere.

I'm interested in the "...rifle with the sights filed down" part. Can anyone give some background to this? I gather it indicates intended use at close range but I've never heard that expression before.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,#
Date: 22 Jul 15 - 11:05 AM

I suspect the sights filed down would mean the rifle was shooting 'off' a bit, and filing either or both was necessary to give the rifle better accuracy. On early rifles the sights were often fixed and even if they were not, most people wouldn't have had the tools to do the adjustment required.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jul 15 - 12:20 PM

Sure, it could just be that it means he had tweaked it for accuracy, as a backwoods hunter is likely to do. A flaw in all of this is that the Springfield Rifle referred to typically had adjustable sights.

But lyrics don't have to make perfectly accurate sense. I can think of several examples where lyrics were changed and make less sense than before, probably because the singer didn't understand the original words or meaning.


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,Anton
Date: 02 Aug 15 - 01:19 PM

Repeat post with the link active... hopefully. Might make it easier for someone.

Jake Satterfield Lyrics

And on the "rifle with sights filed down" thing, I think it is simply poetic license on the part of the writer, indicating that the rifle was used seriously. Damon Black didn't have to be a gun expert to write a good song.

- Anton


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Subject: RE: Info on Jake Satterfield
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 02 Aug 15 - 07:52 PM

Damon Black did know how to write a good song and little bits like the filed down sight was just one of those little details that enhanced the story.

I have heard references to filing down front sights for a lot of years. I should have asked my Uncle Cookie who was the gun collector in the family but never did. Sadly Uncle Cookie, who made into his 90s passed on about a month ago.

Check this link.

Smith & Wesson


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