“Sally Goodin”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (recording, Eck Robertson)
Keywords: love courting nonballad floatingverses dancetune
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So)


"Had a piece of pie an' I had a piece of puddin', An' I gave it all away just to see my Sally Goodin." About how much the singer loves Sally, how he courts her -- with perhaps a few sundry comments about food and liquor along the way


Another piece that endures mostly as a fiddle tune. Given the lyrics, it's not hard to see why. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Lomax-FSNA 121, "Sally Goodin" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph 544, "Sally Goodin" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 403-404, "Sally Goodin" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 544A)
  4. BrownIII 89, "Sally Goodin" (5 fragments, though "D" and "E" might be other songs)
  5. Fuson, p. 158, "Sallie Goodin" (seventh of 12 single-stanza jigs) (1 short text)
  6. Cambiaire, p. 56, "Sally Gooden" (1 text)
  7. Darling-NAS, p. 255, "Sally Goodin" (1 text)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 33, "Sally Goodin" (1 text)
  10. Roud #739
  11. BI, LoF121