Virginia Gals

from Homunculus Mellitus by Ben Paley



Kentucky became a state in 1792 and Ohio in 1803, so West Virginia hasn’t been the wild frontier for some time, but these stereotypes tend to stick once formed, and to this day Virginians tell jokes about West Virginia being poor and uncivilised. There are similar songs and jokes from all over the US saying more or less the same things about their neighbours to the west. My dad played this on the guitar in D, and for once I sing in the same key as him, since it falls so neatly under my fingers on the fiddle.


from Homunculus Mellitus, released August 13, 2019
Fiddle, vocals, Ben Paley


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