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Angeline the Baker

Angeline the Baker is shown here in G Ionian Mode, meaning that it is in the key of G and the melody uses the G major scale.

The guitar chords show an Em chord played on the 4th measure, and a C chord on the 12th measure, yet the dulcimer tab is the same for both chords.  How is this?  The dulcimer is playing the notes E and G here, and the notes of an Em chord are E-G-B, and the notes of a C chord are C-E-G.  So, the notes the dulcimer is playing in those two measures fit with both chords.

This song started out as Angelina Baker, a "darkface" song written in minstrelsy dialect by Stephen Foster.  It has changed, and improved, much over the years.  It is usually played as a fiddle tune in D.  I have transposed it to G, so that that it is easier to sing, have changed it from a typical AABB form to AB, and have changed and added some verses.  This version lends itself well to making up verses on the fly.

 

Angeline the Baker

Angeline the Baker lives on the village green
The way I always loved her beats all you’ve ever seen.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

Angeline the Baker, age of forty-three
Bought her sugar candy but she still won’t marry me.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

Angeline can’t work too hard because she is not stout,
She bakes her bisquits every day and pours the coffee out.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

Met her in the moonlight down by the old mill dam,
Never will forget her, no matter where I am.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

Showed Angeline my tractor, showed Angeline my plow
She told me I could win her love, but wouldn’t tell me how.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

Bought Angeline a new dress, neither black nor brown
The color of the stormy sky before the rain comes down.
Angeline the Baker, Angeline I know,
I should have married Angeline twenty years ago.

 

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