Run, Jimmy, Run

As played by Clayton McMichen from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Clayton McMichen Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record


This tune was once very popular, and was a standard at fiddlers' conventions a century ago.  It was one of my father's favorite old time tunes (along with Shout Little Lulu, Corrina Corrina, and Sally Had a Wooden Leg).  Now, it's more a novelty tune, probably due to its politically incorrect title and subject matter.  Although I abhorr political correctness, it is my policy to sanitize tune titles that contain racial slurs.

The recording consists of a fiddle intro, seven fiddle breaks, and a fiddle outro, with darkly comedic lyrics interspersed between the fiddle parts.  I have transcribed the fiddle lead, which was mostly played with sawstrokes.

Beware that the video below may contain content that some viewers may find offensive:

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Run, Somebody, Run; The Pattyroller Song

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