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(circa 1840)

Traditional Southern Appalachian
Arr: Merv Rowley & Ruth Randle 2012

Like most traditional folk tunes, true origin is often vague and uncertain. Folk singer, John Lomax claimed Cindy originated in North Carolina in the mid-1900's. Other authorities have found that the music itself was taken from an old Negro Gospel Hymn entitled, Gospel Train, in  the early 1800's, whose opening lyrics were, "Get on Board, Little Children". The hymn eventually became a fiddle tune and folk song named Cindy, Cindy, with it's own lyrics, improvised freely and often, to suit the tempo of "hoe-down" or "square-dance" music. No one is sure when it reached the lyrics shown in this piece, nor whether it has other versions still in use.

Some years ago, TV personage Andy Griffith performed Cindy, Cindy on guitar, accompanied by the jug-band of the Darling family . The lyrics in this piece contain a verse from a much older dulcimer tune called Shady Grove. Both she and Cindy are described as "standing at the door, shoes and stockin's in her hands, bare feet on the floor". Here is a tune to relax and enjoy!

Your 1-3-5 Team


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