I Wish I Died In My Cradle

The saw shows up in old country songs, and here’s a great Soundie by Tom Emerson’s Mountaineers, “I Wish I Died In My Cradle.” There’s not a lot of information about them, but they seem to have done most of their recordings in the late 1930s and early 1940s and produced a few Soundies. In this first Soundie you can hear the saw around 1:30 minutes in. The saw player is very good and his dramatic flair is well worth watching.


If you are interested, click here so you can hear the Mountaineers play a great version of “Listen To The Mockingbird,” one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite songs. The mockingbird video by the Mountaineers has no saw, but toward the end, you can see the saw player play a balloon, a musical feat that you don’t see every day. It’s the saw player who plays the balloon. He’s a man who can make music from anything. Enjoy!



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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.