http://youtu.be/G3VxsfUjMusHere's a tune that's played a lot among Celtic-Folk-Old Time music groups. I use a low-D, diatonic harmonica to play it. makes a nice lively tune. Usually I hear it only as an instrumental, though I have heard a couple of attempts to put lyrics to it.

Got this one posted to my YouTube site. https://www.youtube.com/kelticdead .

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One of the first tunes I learned, and yes, there are lyrics to it

http://youtu.be/WCjha5C8IrI

The original  song was Angeline Baker,   the THE  was added later , the song was written by Stephen Foster and is in its  original form a very sensitive anti-slavery song. The Unwanted do a partial version of it sung by Rick Epping on their "Music from the Atlantic  Fringe" album.

 The Old Jaw Bone  , was  horse or mule jaw bone played by the man at the end of the line of minstrels in the black faced troupes (many of whom were Irish) . The guy on the end was often the comedian in the troupe. The  Line of  minstrels created the modern stance of  ensemble  music  where the band  faces the audience, as a distinct straight  line , rather than in a horseshoe  facing each other with a central conductor.

Thanks Sean.  Thanks for the input. In addition, I learned there are MANY variations of the tune and song over time. I found the lyrics and reposted the tune on my website at http://kelticdead.webs.com . Really appreciate the feedback.
 
Sean Laffey said:

The original  song was Angeline Baker,   the THE  was added later , the song was written by Stephen Foster and is in its  original form a very sensitive anti-slavery song. The Unwanted do a partial version of it sung by Rick Epping on their "Music from the Atlantic  Fringe" album.

 The Old Jaw Bone  , was  horse or mule jaw bone played by the man at the end of the line of minstrels in the black faced troupes (many of whom were Irish) . The guy on the end was often the comedian in the troupe. The  Line of  minstrels created the modern stance of  ensemble  music  where the band  faces the audience, as a distinct straight  line , rather than in a horseshoe  facing each other with a central conductor.

Thanks Barry. I redid the tune on my YouTube site and reposted it on my website at http://kelticdead.webs.com . Thanks. Always finding ways to improve and have fun with this song catching stuff.
 
Barry Nelson said:

One of the first tunes I learned, and yes, there are lyrics to it

http://youtu.be/WCjha5C8IrI

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