Audio Recordings Pop Goes the Weasel
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Pop Goes the Weasel
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Jigs
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Compass: 12
- - Key: G
- - Meter: 6/8
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Phrase Structure: AA'BC QQ'BC (aba'b' cdef qrqr' cdef)
- - Stylistic features: Noticeable tendency toward 2/4. If Henry Reed has a normal jig speed and style, this is perhaps it. Note that he appears to begin on high strain.
- - "Pop Goes the Weasel" is widely distributed in the English-speaking world and has especially broad popularity in America, probably because it sustains itself as a song for children--often, actually, for adults to sing or play for the entertainment of children. It also has been used for dancing, though not necessarily for jigs, despite its 6/8 meter. Typical sets are Sharp, Country Dance Tunes, vol. 1, pp. 10-11; Linscott, Folk Songs of Old New England, p. 108; Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 3, p. 368; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 40; Winner's Collection of Music for the Violin, p. 79; One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 24 (with dance directions); Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 3 (with left-hand picking directions).On the fiddle, it is a perennial favorite with a special feature: the "pop" is played by picking the E-string with the left hand. Henry Reed's version is in G, which is customary and indeed required to make the "pop" come out on the open E-string; but in his version the "pop" is actually "pop goes"--that is, it is two picked strings, the open E-string followed by the open A-string.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 36 seconds
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: You know that?/ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, "Pop Goes the Weasel."/HENRY REED: [Laughs]
- - Recording chronology: 040
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B32
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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