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RUFFLED DRAWERS (New Five Cents)
This ditty was sung to the first strain of the tune (collected by John Hartford from fiddler Roy Acuff):
City gal she wears ruffled drawers,
Country gal she wears plain;
My gal she wears no drawers at all,
But she gets there just the same.
When I saw her ruffled drawers,
Her ruffled drawers so fine,
When I saw her ruffled drawers,
I knew I'd make her mine.
AKA: New Five Cents (1) which was in the repertoire of Kentucky fiddler Isham Monday (1879-1964), who played the tune in ADae tuning, but who tuned his fiddle so low it sounded below C. See also the closely related "Robinson County," and the accompanying note. Marion Thede, in connection with an unrelated Oklahoma tune, prints the following lyrics, indicating the floating nature of some verses:
I wisht I had a new five cents, wisht I had a dime,
I wisht I had a new five cents, to give that gal of mine.
Mark Wilson says the tune is called Buffalo Nickel (2) in the Ozarks, dating that title for the tune to around 1913 (albeit the melody may be older, under different titles). Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out the second strain is similar to the second strain of "Grey Eagle," as played by Missouri fiddler Ike Helton. Gus Meade (2002) finds the earliest recording of the tune to be by Paul Warmack, who recorded it in 1928 as "Five Cents." The Kentucky group Walker's Corbin Ramblers recorded a version of the tune as "Ruffles and Bustles" in 1934.
RUFFLED DRAWERS full Score and Annotations and Past Featured Tunes
T:New Five Cents
N:The last part is the vocal melody
S:Howdy Forrester and Roy Acuff; transcribed by John Hartford
F/G/|Af f/g/f/e/|dB/d/ A/G/F/E/|D/F/A/d/ f/a/f/d/|e4|
Af f/g/f/e/|dB B/c/B/c/|AF/D/ E/F/E/F/|D3:|
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