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This month's Free Tablature is
"Sweet Evelina"
Lyrics: "M"; Music: "T" - first published in 1863





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"Sweet Evelina" is an American folk song that was first introduced to the public in various minstrel shows in the 1830's.   It wasn't formally published until 1863, and by then, the original writers were all but forgotten.   The sheet music credits the lyrics to "M", and the music to "T", and while there have been many guesses and claims over the years as to who exactly those initials may have referred to, there has never been any convincing evidence to their full identities.  The speculation is that the writers, or someone representing them, may have tried to sell the song to multiple publishers at the same time, which was a common practice in those days, and so wished to conceal their identities.

During the Civil War, many songs about "the girl I left behind" became popular among the soldiers, and the same songs were often shared between the Union and Confederate troops.   Other examples of this include "Aura Lee" and "Lorena".   "Sweet Evelina" is said to have been a particular favorite of the Confederate General J. E. B. "Jeb" Stuart, and was one he often asked to be played and sung by any musicians who happened to be in camp.  Due to this connection with the confederacy, the song fell out of favor following the end of the war, and was all but forgotten for nearly 60 years.  It became popular again in the 1920's when a vaudeville show producer included it in one of his shows starring Gene Austin, who went on to have a successful radio career as "The Voice of the Southland".

 Here's a link to a YouTube video of this song performed by Tom Roush, a musician who specializes in 19th century American folk music.

This is a 2-part arrangement (melody and backup), so find a playing partner and work this one up in time for Valentine's Day!

In music and friendship,



Way down in the meadow, where the lily first blows,
Where the wind from the mountains ne'er ruffles the rose;
Lives fond Evelina, the sweet little dove,
The pride of the valley, the girl that I love.


Sweet Evelina, dear Evelina,
My love for thee shall never, never die.
Sweet Evelina, dear Evelina,
My love for thee shall never, never die.

She's fair as a rose, like a lamb she is meek,
And she never was known to put paint on her cheek;
In the most graceful curls hangs her raven-black hair,
And she never requires perfumery there.

Evelina and I, one fine evening in June,
Took a walk all alone by the light of the moon;
The planets all shone, for the heavens were clear,
And I felt round my heart, oh! most mightily queer.

Three years have gone by and I've not got a dollar,
Evelina still lives in the green valley holler;
Although I am fated to marry her never,
I'll love her I'm sure, for ever and ever.




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