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Little Log Cabin

Dave the Gnome 24 Apr 17 - 02:57 PM
Joe Offer 24 Apr 17 - 10:53 PM
Stewart 25 Apr 17 - 11:57 AM
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Subject: Little Log Cabin
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 02:57 PM

Started to learn a tune called simply 'Log Cabin' in my book and came across this amazing piece of history when looking for how it best 'scans'.

Uncle John Scruggs - Little Log Cabin in the Lane

The kids are great and notice how the younger they are, the more natural they seem. The cat was most at ease though :-) I loved the whole thing. Hope you do too

:D tG


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Subject: ADD: Little Log Cabin in the Lane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Apr 17 - 10:53 PM

I came across "Little Old Cabin in the Lane" on a Smithsonian/Folkways album titled "CLARENCE ASHLEY and TEX ISLEY,"
Here are the liner notes: http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW02350.pdf

And the lyrics:

THE LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN IN THE LANE
An old popular song written by Will Hays in 1871,
LOG CABIN was recorded in 1923 by Fiddlin' John
Carson and became the record that began the country
music recording business. It was widely recorded and
was given some dreadful readings by tenors in the days
of 78's and cylinders, as well as heartfelt performances
by country people like Tom Ashley, who, though they
had no experience with "old Mahssy and Mist'us," still
felt a strong sense of loss of and nostalgia for the older
forms of southern life.
    Cf:
  • Fiddlin' John Carson THE LITTLE OLD LOG
    CABIN IN THE LANE OKeh 4890, 1923
  • Riley Puckett LITTLE LOG CABIN IN THE LANE
    Columbia 15171, 1927
    Fiddlin' Powers and Family THE LITTLE OLD
    LOG CABIN IN THE LANE Victor 19448,
    1925
  • Uncle Dave Macon and Sid Harkreader LITTLE OLD
    LOG CABIN IN THE LANE Vocalion 14864
  • Fiddlin' John Carson and Moonshine Kate I'M OLD
    AND FEEBLE Montgomery Ward 4850
  • Ernest Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers THE
    LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN IN THE LANE
    Victor 20235

Oh, I'm getting old and feeble, I can no longer work
My rusty bladed hoe I've laid to rest
Old Mahssy and old Mist'us they are sleeping side by side
While their spirits am a-wandering with the blessed

(Chorus) Oh, the chimney's falling down, the roof is tumbling in
The leak lets in the sunshine and the rain
The only friend I've got now is this good old dog of mine
In that little old log cabin in the lane

Oh, it was such happy times not many years ago
My friends and loved ones gathered 'round the door
They would sing and dance at night while they played the old banjo
But alas they cannot play it any more
(Chorus)

The hinges they have rusted, the door is falling down
The roof lets in the sunshine and the rain
The only friend I've got now is this good old dog of mine
In that little old log cabin in the lane

The paths they have growed up that led us around the hill
The fence have all gone to decay
The streams they have dried up where we used to go to mill
Everything has changed its course another way
(Chorus)

I ain't got long to stay here, what little time I've got
I try to rest contented while I stay
Until the day death calls me to find a better home
Than this little old log cabin in the lane
(Chorus)

And there's a Wikipedia page on the song.


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Subject: RE: Little Log Cabin
From: Stewart
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 11:57 AM

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have a different type of log cabin.

Little Old Log Cabin On My Claim

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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