I Can Play the Fiddle

Album: Singin' In Our Own Backyard

Lyrics

I can play the fiddle - you can fiddle, too You gotta have a little fire in your soul, it’s true

v1) You gotta start with a piece of flamed maple wood You carve it and your bend it then you glue it real good Then you take your old bow and tighten up the hair You grab your cake of rosin and you rosin everywhere

Yes, I can play the fiddle - you can fiddle, too Just listen up here, here’s all you gotta do

v2) You gotta start with a rhythm both steady and strong You tell your bow about it in strokes good and long Then you’re ready for a’fiddlin’ your very first round A tune called “Boil Them Cabbage Down” goes kinda like this

(tune: Boil Them Cabbage Down)

v3) Now, once you’ve got your left hand fingers flyin’ The cabbages are boilin’ and the hoecakes fryin’ You’re ready for a tune that’s the real McCoy An old time piece called “Soldier’s Joy”

(tune: Soldier’s Joy)

v4) Well, now you got a couple tunes under your belt You can play ‘em so hot you can make the butter melt You can fiddle ‘em sweeter ‘n the honey in the jar You’re ready for “Arkansas Traveler”

(tune: Arkansas Traveler)

v5) Well, now that you played the fiddle for awhile You can hear those old tunes for a country mile You’re ready for a tune just a little bit scary An old time reel called “Tom and Jerry”

(tune: Tom and Jerry)

Well, I can play the fiddle, you can fiddle, too You gotta have a little fire in your soul, it’s true!

Credit

trad'l tunes, lyrics by Jack Pearson © 1994 Jack Pearson, OtterTunity Inc., - BMI