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Black Eyed Susan

Key of G or A or D. Sometimes Susan, sometimes Susie. Sometimes two parts, sometimes three. There are several versions of the third part.

Links
  • Old banjo singer Roscoe Holcomb on Smithsonian: Mountain Music of Kentucky [scroll down & click to hear a short clip] or hear the whole track [utoob]. 
  • Old fiddlers at Slippery HillJohn Sykes [mp3, key=D], Oscar Jenkins [mp3, key=D], Luther Strong [mp3, key=D], Skillet Lickers [mp3, key=G], JW Day [mp3, key=D].
  • Wild fiddling by Prairie Acre [utoob] (key=D).
  • Mary Jane Michelle twin fiddles [utoob, key=A].
  • Bigfoot Stringband, Clifftop winners (Rhys Jones, John Herrmann, more) [utoob, key=A].
  • Old Crow Medicine Show, first album [utoob, key=D].
  • Whitetop Mountaineers [utoob, key=C].
  • We have this on a compilation CD from Smithsonian Folkways. Scroll down for a clip with Mike Seeger.
  • We have this on the "Galax Way" CD by New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters (key of A). There are no clips on-line. The CD sells for over $100 on some sites. County Sales lists it for $13.50.
  • Fiddler Kirk Sutphin [clip on Amazon, key=D].
  • Old fiddler J.P. Nestor [mp3 player at The Bristol Sessions] [site stopped working]
  • Solo fiddle in the bedroom [tube].
  • The MidRiffs on stage [tube].
  • Named after the Maryland state flower: Rudbeckia hirta.
  • Great fretless solo banjo [tube] by Dan Gellert.
  • DC Square Dance [utoob, poor audio] with Brauneis fiddling.
  • The Old Time Snake Milkers [OTSM] with harmonica.
  • Brad Kolodner on fretless gourd banjo [utoob].
Lyrics?
  • Love my wife, love my baby. Love my biscuits sopped in gravy.
  • Suzie & I went huckleberry picking. She got the berries, I got the lickin'.
    • Hey pretty little black eyed Suzie, hey.
  • All I need to keep me happy, two little boys to call me pappy.
  • One named Sam, other one Davy. I like my biscuits sopped in gravy.
    • Hey pretty little black eyed Suzie, hey.
  • Boys and Sue went blackberry picking. Suzie fell down and she got a lickin'.
  • Some got drunk, some got boozy. I went home with Black Eyed Suzie.
    • Hey pretty little black eyed Suzie, hey.
  • Down the hill and around the hollow. Some old man gonna loose a daughter.
  • All I got is a big silver dollar. See your daddy coming, you let out a holler.
    • Hey pretty little black eyed Suzie, hey.
  • All I need in this creation, pretty little wife and big plantation.
  • Love my wife, love my baby. Love my biscuits sopped in gravy.
    • Hey pretty little black eyed Suzie, hey.
Gladson Family Band - Black Eyed Susie (key=D)
Chicken Train -- Black Eyed Susie (key=A)
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