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Angelina Baker, Stephen Foster (public domain). Lucy heard a version of this with Foster’s verses and found it more interesting than the tune most old-time players learn early on. We end with the “common” tune. Fiddle: AEAE Banjo: aEAC#E


Way down yonder on the old plantation that’s where I was born,
I used to beat the whole creation hoein' in the corn:
Oh! then I worked and then I sang, so happy all the day,
‘Till Angelina Baker came and stole my heart away.

Angelina Baker! Angelina Baker's gone
She left me here to weep a tear and beat on the old jaw bone.

I've seen my Angelina in the spring time and the fall,
I've seen her in the corn field and I've seen her at the ball;
And every time I met her she was smiling like the sun,
But now I'm left to weep a tear ‘cause Angelina's gone.


Angelina is so tall she never sees the ground,
She has to take a wellumscope to look down on the town
Angelina likes the boys as far as she can see them,
She used to run old Massa ‘round to ask him for their freedom.


Early in the morning of a lovely summer day
I ask for Angelina, and they say she's gone away
I don’t know where to find her, ‘cause I don't know where she's gone,
She left me here to weep a tear and beat on the old jaw bone.



from .​.​.​because we ARE, released December 18, 2015
Composed by: Stephen Foster

Lucy Allen: lead vocals, guitar
Amy Buckingham: harmony vocals, guitar, fiddle
Brooke Lauer: banjo
Nancy Hamilton: bass



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The Battleaxe Band Greenville, South Carolina

The Battleaxe Band is an all-female string band based out of Upstate South Carolina. Members include Amy Buckingham on fiddle and guitar, Lucy Allen on guitar, Brooke Lauer on banjo, and Nancy Hamilton on upright bass. The band loves to play hard-driving Old-Time dance tunes as well as singer-songwriter songs. The Battleaxes, are best known for their powerful vocal harmonies. ... more

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