Mabel Price…traditional song

Train_TracksThis is a traditional song arranged for banjo and voice. It is about a woman named Mabel Price. In some family history by my great-great-great grandfather I came across this song. Just the melody was written out.

Mabel Price was a trapeze artist in the 1800s in Florida. She was with the Jacksonville Circus. Around the late 189os she took a bad fall and broke both her legs. With the state of health care at that time, she ended up having to have both her legs amputated. This, of course, ended her circus career in the circus, and, in the early part of the twentieth century, she moved to Baton Rouge, where she became a beggar.

I don’t believe this song has been played in over a hundred years…

MABEL PRICE
Mabel Price ain’t got no legs
She just goes downtown and begs
Takes the bus there and back
Lives ‘longside the rail road track
Mabel Price ain’t go no feet
She begs downtown on Fairmount Street
Takes the bus to there and back
Lives ‘longside the railroad track
Mabel Price ain’t got no knees
She do zactly what she please
She keeps her kit in a gunny sack
Down along the rail road track
Mabel Price ain’t got no feet
She can’t tap them to the beat.
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3 responses to “Mabel Price…traditional song

  1. this tune is so good I don’t even care if the back-story is fact or legend.

    (you may quote me on that. ;-) )

    as you may have noticed over the years, I loves me some simple, stripped down arrangements. ’tis a gift to be simple.

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  2. HH: the backstory to a song is generally just something that the performer should know and keep in his/her mind when singing the song…it’s not of much importance to the audience. ….and simple songs are the hardest to do, I’ve found.

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