Waiting for the Boatsman


Key: D

Form: A hymn air played quickly enough to be a dance tune

ABC

X:1
T:Waiting for the Boatsman
S:Melvin Wine
M:C|
L:1/8
N:A hymn air played quickly enough to be a dance tune.
D:Poplar LPI 40290, Melvin Wine – “Cold Frosty Morning” (1976)
F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/waiting-boatsman
Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz
K:D
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Source (if known): Melvin Wine*

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*Notes: From the Traditional Tune Archive: “The melody was in the repertoire of fiddler Melvin Wine (1909-2003), of Copen, Braxton County, West Virginia, who played it quickly, almost dance tempo. It is Wine’s derivation of a hymn that he learned from the singing of his mother. Drew Beissewenger, a Wine biographer, says that the fiddler would sometimes sing the hymn’s lyrics before playing the tune. They began:

Oh, I’m waiting for the boatman, he is driving o’er and o’er.”