Uh.. are these the same?
Often pronounced "Forky Deer" or "Fork-ed Deer" it is a tune that I love to play.
Lots of speculation on where the title comes from as well as the various versions listed here.
My thanks! I figured!
I remember someone (maybe Paul Brown?) telling me long ago about some old fiddler who insisted that the tune was about a woman, and that it's proper title was "Fulka, Dear". That cracked me up! The fiddler might have also claimed that some ancestor of his (grandfather or great-grandfather) made up the tune, but I'm not sure I trust my memory about that part.
There is a transcription in the Library of Congress of a tune from David A Hamblen or his son Williamson Hamblen called "Forked Ear" which is clearly a version (which I like and play), though somewhat distant, of the modern Forked Deer family of tunes. I believe David A. Hamblen migrated to Indiana from Cumberland Gap in about 1838, so that's a pretty old name for the tune, "correct" or not. I've heard that it refers to a way of cutting the ears of livestock to indicate the owner, much like branding. Maybe fakelore? I couldn't say.
Edited by - Brendan Doyle on 07/17/2019 03:02:30
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