Dooley

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Genre: Bluegrass
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing "Dooley" at 130 BPM. The first break is like the tablature below, but the other two are improvised.

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Dooley." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Dooley." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Dooley." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Dooley." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!


"Dooley" is a song by Rodney Dillard and Mitch Jayne, performed by The Dillards on The Andy Griffith Show in the episodes The Darlings are Coming and Mountain Wedding.  This song was recorded on their 1963 album Back Porch Bluegrass.

Dooley

A            D   
Dooley was a good ole man
   A               E
He lived below the mill
A              D
Dooley had two daughters
      E            A
And a forty-gallon still

One gal watched the boiler
The other watched the spout
And mama corked the bottles
When ole Dooley fetched 'em out.

Chorus:
A                     
Dooley slippin' up the holler
D
Dooley try to make a dollar
A
-Dooley give me a swaller
         E                A
And I'll pay you back someday.

The revenuers came for him
A-sippin' though the woods
Dooley kept behind them all
And never lost his goods

Dooley was a trader
When into town he'd come
Sugar by the bushel
And molasses by the drum.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'l pay you back someday.

I remember very well
The day ole Dooley died
The women folk looked sorry
And the men stood round and cried

Now Dooley's on the mountain
He lies there all alone
They put a jug beside him
And a barrel for his stone.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.
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  • #7037

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    “Dooley.” by the Dillards has always been a favorite of mine. I’m a big Andy Griffith fan! Hope you enjoy 🙂

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/dooley-fiddle-lesson/]

    #7038

    Patrick Dooley
    Participant

    John-
    Tomorrow is my birthday and I can’t think of a nicer gift- will get right to work on this. I had to laugh because my Grandmother used to make her own beer and apricot brandy.

    All the best and God Bless you and your family.

    #7039

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Happy Birthday Patrick! Maybe old Dooley is a relative of yours! 🙂

    #24847

    Angela
    Participant

    I was in the mood for something different and a little easier, and so I thought to myself…”Dooley”….

    I listened to that first break and looked at the words and figured it was pretty easy…didn’t take me long to get it down.  I decided to play along with John.  Started up the first video and played right along…until we came to the second break.  Great!  Sounds awesome…not so easy.  I stop the video, determined to learn this variation.  I pretty well figured it out and can play it at the 100 speed.  Patted myself on the back.  Went back to the first video to play along with John.  Now, I had the first break….almost had the second break…AND WE COME TO THE 3rd BREAK…for crying out loud!!!  Back to square one!!  This one will take some time.  It’s awesome, and I love the way you throw these in there.  Is it to show you’re still the master?  To challenge us?  To tease us?  Whatever it is, here I go…it will be awhile before I have that 3rd one.  :^D

    #24854

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha Angela! It is fun to throw some variation into the extra breaks just to show some possibilities, even if it isn’t in the lesson. I need to go back and tab those out!

    #24857

    Angela
    Participant

    They are awesome!  And it is really helping my ear, too.

    #24918

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I’ve been working on this song for a couple months… I play a very simplified version of the first break and now I’m trying to make it sound more exciting (more like the one here 🙂 ) because it’s one of my grandfather’s favorites. But I think it will be a VERY LONG TIME before I’ll sound that good!

    #24922

    Angela
    Participant

    Kaeleigh, I really like the tune, also.  I always loved the Darlings on Andy Griffith.  🙂

    I love the 3 variations John throws in.  They show how much you can do and still have the tune structure.

    #24949
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Awesome classic ! Think I remember this one from my childhood days. Always fun to listen to, great lesson John, thanks, cant wait
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