learned Barlowe Knife from some OTM friends. Barlowe knife is a well known Old Time tune that you’ll encounter at many OTM gatherings.
This arrangement of Barlowe Knife is in the key of G with three parts and is similar to the version played by the Fuzzy Mountain String Band on their CD of the same name. I’ve also included in the arrangement a simple variation for the A part of Barlowe Knife starting at measure 26. The idea of note repetition, as used in the A part variation starting at measure 26, is a common method of extending a notes length when playing OTM tunes with a mandolin. You’ll understand what I mean when you listen/play the arrangement.
Here is a sample of the lyrics you might hear sung with Barlowe Knife:
Buckhorn handle and a Barlow blade
Best damned knife that ever was made
I've been working all my life
And all I've got is a Barlow knife
Worked in the cotten mill all my life
Nothin' to show but a Barlow knife.
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