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Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground

29 Mar 02 - 07:14 PM (#679122)
Subject: Billy in the Lowground
From: GUEST

Are there any traditional lyrics known for this song?


29 Mar 02 - 07:22 PM (#679124)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: Sorcha

Not that I know of, and I didn't find any with a Google search.


29 Mar 02 - 09:18 PM (#679187)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: Louie Roy

It's a hoedown and quite a few quare dances used to be called when this tune was played,butI never heard any words persue to the tune itself.


29 Mar 02 - 09:52 PM (#679208)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: masato sakurai

Info on the tune is HERE from The Fiddler's Companion. Leadbelly's "Billy in the Lowlands" is in Negro Folk Songs AS Sung by Lead Belly (1936), which I don't have.

~Masato


30 Mar 02 - 01:03 AM (#679294)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: Les B

I wonder if "Billy in the low GROUND" is different from Leadbelly's "Billy in the lowLANDS" ? I haven't seen the Leadbelly song, but wonder if it's some sort of version of the "Golden Vanity," "Lowlands of Holland" body of songs?

"Billy in the low ground" is on a lot of the old time records by people like Burnett & Rutherford, the Kessinger Brothers, etc., and today's fiddlers play it too, and I've never heard any words to it.


30 Mar 02 - 01:41 AM (#679315)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: masato sakurai

Leadbelly's "Billy In The Low Ground" is on Leadbelly Vol 4 1935 - 1938 (DOCD-5594).

~Masato


30 Mar 02 - 11:54 AM (#679499)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: GUEST

I play a version of this song on guitar that my father learned from a fiddling friend many years ago. One of the reasons I wanted to find lyrics is that I'm curious what the title refers to.


30 Mar 02 - 07:34 PM (#679773)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Billy in the Lowground
From: Giac

GUEST -- if you'll go back up to Masato's first post, and click on the word, HERE, it will take you to a good deal of information about the song, including to what the title may refer.

Mary