Rock the Cradle, Joe (Key of D)

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This lesson was taught by our friend Cecil Gurganus when he visited us at fiddle camp one evening.

Genre: Old-Time
Skill Level: Intermediate

FIDDLE TABLATURE / NOTATION
Rock the Cradle Joe (1 page, PDF)

Rock the Cradle Joe is an old-time tune, perhaps descended from "Rock the Cradle, John" which was licensed by Laurence Price in 1631 in England. Alternate titles include "The Humours of the Priest's House," "Miss Johnson," "Miss Johnson of Houghton Hall," "The Muster Bank," "The Mountainy Man, and “Rocking the Cradle." It is also related to the 'B' of "Sally Ann.”

This version was taught by Cecil Gurganus of Watauga County, NC, at my free Fiddle Camp. It is in the tradition of of J.W. “Babe” Spangler of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, who recorded it in the late 1940’s. The following ditty is sometimes sung to the tune in old-time tradition:

(A) Can't get up, can't get up,
Can't get up in the morning;
What we gonna do if the baby cries?
Rock the cradle Joe.

(B) Rock the cradle, rock the cradle,
Rock the cradle Joe;
Rock the cradle, rock the cradle,
Rock it nice and slow.

(A) What’ll we do when the baby cries
I don’t know;
What’ll we do when the baby cries
Rock that cradle Joe.

Source: Ibiblio.org

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    John Cockman
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    Here’s a play-along tune the Cecil Gurganus taught during a guest appearance at my Fiddle Camp!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/rock-the-cradle-joe/

    #46219

    Kristn54321
    Member

    I really like this!

    Kris

    #46223
    cricket
    cricket
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    I love that tune…they all sound so good!

    #60518
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    I can use this song as the date is about the time  (1630) that my granddaddy (X10 greats) disembarked in Mass.   I connect the music with the events and this fits.  Now to learn it!   Will watch it over and over so thanks for providing it.

    #60519
    cricket
    cricket
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    It’s a fun tune, Ruckydoo…you’ll have a good time with it.

    #60521
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    I love watching your kids camps ! You should post more of them ?

    #60523
    cricket
    cricket
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    Steve…it sure looks like fun, doesn’t it?  I’d go to that camp if i was close enough, even though i’m a 60=something kid…lol.  Still it’d be fun.

    #60526
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    Yes It would be fun to be outdone , outclassed by a three year old ! we can always use someone like kids to humble us and inspire us , and if we’re lucky maybe they would share some of their secrets !

    #60530

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Ralph, I love putting songs in a historical context too. It is so much more meaningful that way!

    Steve, I do need more videos of camp. I’ll be taking more this summer, Lord willing.

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