Clawhammer Banjo Tune and Tab of the Week: “FLYING INDIAN”
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…Flying Indian?
Like many curiously named old-time tunes, we often have little to go on when it comes to the origins of their titles. Our selection today is no exception.
Some speculate it’s a reference to a Native American who, despondent over unrequited love, commits suicide by cliff diving.
Others think it may be about a train (The “Flying Engine” becomes “Flying Injun'” becomes “Flying Indian”…).
Since there’s no way to know for sure, I’m just gonna stick with my superhero theory.
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