Ride Old Buck to Water

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RIDE OLD BUCK TO WATER. AKA and see "Hell Broke Loose in Georgia (3)." Old-Time, Song and Breakdown. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AB. "Ride Old Buck to Water" was recorded in 1930 for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Ga., by the North Georgia group The Skillet Lickers [1]. The group's personnel changed from time to time over a ten year recording career, but the line up for this tune was Clayton McMichen, Bert Layne and Lowe Stokes on fiddles, Riley Puckett, vocals and guitar, and Gid Tanner on banjo. Puckett sang brief couplets in the first strain of the tune in between instrumental portions:

The Skillet Lickers

Ride Old Buck to water,
Ride Old Buck to water.

Saw him down at the foot of the hill,
If he ain't come back I'd a-been there still.

Ride Old Buck to the halter,
Sold, for a dollar and a quarter.

Raccoon treed the possum,
Raccoon treed the possum.

Don't you cry my honey,
Don't you cry my honey.

A similar tune is "Hellbound for Alabama," recorded in the 1920's by another north Georgia band, Fiddlin' John Carson and His Virginia Reelers.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

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Recorded sources: - Columbia 15665-D (78RPM), The Skillet Lickers (1930). County 526, "The Skillet Lickers, vol. 2" (1973). County CD-3509, Skillet Lickers – “Old Time Fiddle Tunes and Songs from North Georgia.” Document DOC-8060-CD, “Skillet Lickers: Complete Recorded Works, vol. 5.” Field Recorders Collective FRC 710, "Dean Sturgill, The Spencer Branch Fiddler" (2015). Patuxent Music, Nate Leath & Friends - "Rockville Pike" (2008). Revonah RS-932, The West Orrtanna String Band - "An Orrtanna Home Companion" (1978).

See also listing at:
Hear the Skillet Lickers' recording on youtube.com [2] and at Slippery Hill [3]
Hear a 1989 field recording of Kentucky fiddlerTommy Taylor by John Herrod at Berea Digital Content [4]

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