Barlow Knife

John Kirk solo fiddle.

Three parts. We like to play it in key of G but some jams do it in A or D.

  • Fuzzy Mountain String Band plays it in G (MP3 on Amazon)
  • Vi Wickam [utoob].
  • Mark Ralston's instructional video, fiddle+banjo, key of A [utoob].
  • The Phillips Collection contains two versions in G.

Lyrics

I've been workin' 'bout all my life And all I've got is a Barlow knife. Barlow handle and a Barlow blade.Best durn knife that ever was made. I worked in the cotton mill all my lifeNothin' to show but a barlow knife.Barlow handle and a Barlow blade.Best durn knife that ever was made.