The Arkansas Traveler sheet music for Treble Clef Instrument
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The Arkansas Traveler
Oh once upon a time in Arkansas
An old man sat in his little cabin door,
And fiddled at a tune that he liked to hear,
A jolly old tune that he played by ear.
It was raining hard but the fiddler didn't care
He sawed away at the popular air,
Though his roof tree leaked like a water fall
That didn't seem to bother than man at all
A traveler was riding by that day,
And stopped to hear him a-practicing away
The cabin was afloat and his feet were wet,
But still the old man didn't seem to fret.
So the stranger said: "Now the way it seems to me,
You'd better mend your roof," said he.
But the old man said, as he played away:
"I couldn't mend it now, it's a rainy day."
The traveler replied: "That's all quite true,
But this, I think, is the thing for you to do;
Get busy on a day that is fair and bright,
Then pitch the old roof till it's good and tight."
But the old man kept on a-playing at his reel,
And tapped the ground with his leathery heel:
"Get along," said he, "for you give me a pain;
My cabin never leaks when it doesn't rain."
The play "The Arkansas Traveler" was a favorite attraction in
Salem, Ohio, in the 1850's. It tells of a travel's experience
with an Arkansas squatter whom he finds sitting in his cabin
playing away at a tune which he has heard for the first time on a
trip to New Orleans. The entire play revolves around this tune
and the squatter's effort to remember the ending of it.
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About 'The Arkansas Traveler'
|The Artist:||Traditional Music of unknown author.|
"The Arkansas Traveler" was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963; it has been the state historical song since 1987. The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806-1874); the current official lyrics were written by a committee in 1947 in preparation for its naming as the state song.
|Number of Pages:||1|
|Difficulty:||Intermediate Level: Recommended for Intermediate Level players|
|Style:||Traditional (View more Traditional Treble Clef Instrument Music)|
|Copyright:||Creative Commons Attribute 3.0|
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