I have been unable to locate any piece in the printed collections that would appear to have been the origin of this tune. Recorded by Uncle William Raines.
I made little or no systematic effort to probe Uncle Bob for information on when, where, or from whom certain individual tunes came, including this one. I never heard it before nor since and can find no tune in the older publications which has the characteristics of being the source of this tune. Apparently this tune is traditional. Recorded by Bob Walters in April, 1954.
Other titles often heard are "Up Jumped Susie," "Hop up Susan," etc. "Wake up Susan" is a two-part tune and is in most of the older collections. Howe, in 1864, published "Mountain Dew," a different tune, also in the key of A but having four parts. I have heard various mixtures of these two tunes over the years. The first two strains of Vee Latty's version are fairly close to the original "Wake up Susan." The first part of "Picnic Romp" in Ira Ford matches the first part of "Wake up Susan." Recorded by Vee Latty.
This tune is a replica of "Hell on the Wabash," published in 1862 by Firth and Pond in a drummers' and fifers' tune book. Recorded by Bob Walters in October, ~ 1950·
Walters recalled that his father brought this tune home about 1905. No other fiddler has ever played this tune in my presence. Recorded by Bob Walters in :~ November, 1949.
This version is comparable with "Lazy Kate" as published in Adam's book, where it is described as a typical Ozark mountain tune of about 1840' Recorded by Bob Walters in September, 1950.
This version is dissimilar to a tune of the same title in Ira Ford's book. On the other hand. Ford's "Tip Toe, Pretty Betty Martin" is, similar to the tune given here. Recorded by Bob Walters in November, 1949, and on several later occasions.
Played by Dallas Stamper in 1926 at a picnic in Dixon, Missouri. I never heard this tune again until about 1957, when a fiddler in Indiana played a similar version at a square dance. In 1968 I visited this fiddler, who reportedly had learned it years ago, minus any name, from an old fiddler living along the Wabash River.
AKA Jan's Tune