Caroline Paton: mountain dulcimer, lead vocal; Cathy Barton: banjo, lead vocal Sandy Paton: guitar, vocal; Dave Para: guitar, vocal; David Paton: hammered dulcimer|
I learned this sprightly Southern Appalachian tune from Sara Grey and Ellie Ellis. (They recorded it in England on their Fellside album, A Breath of Fresh Air.) Sara learned "Little Creek" in Arizona from fiddler/singer Chester James who, in turn, had learned it from Lulabelle and Scotty Wiseman. I grew up near Chicago, where I listened to the National Barn Dance on WLS, and Lulabelle and Scotty were favorites of mine. I don't remember ever hearing them do this song, but I'm not surprised that I was drawn to it when I did hear it.
Sara and Ellie follow "Little Creek" with a tune called "Big Liza" which they learned from mountain dulcimer player and singer Leo Kretzner. In our arrangement, we use part of the "Big Liza" tune as a break between the verses. (Carolyn Paton)
- Goin' to Little Creek, just 'fore long,
Goin' to Little Creek, just 'fore long.
Goin' to Little Creek, just 'fore long,
To see that gal of mine.
- When I was a little boy, my mother kept me in.
Now I am a great big boy, she can't do that again.
Cheeks are like a blooming rose, hair of golden brown.
I'm gonna see that pretty little girl before the sun goes down.
Yonder comes that pretty little girl. I low do you reckon I know?
I know her by her apron strings, tied up in a double bow.
Finger ring, finger ring, shines as bright as gold.
I'm gonna marry that pretty little girl before she gets too old.