Coll. by M.C. Parler Fred High
Jan. 25, 1960
Reel 349, Item 2 Mr. High Introduces His Songs
This is Fred High from High, Arkansas, talkin to ye. I sleep in twelve foot of where I was born, and I'm settin in twelve foot of where I was born, and I'm in my own home at High, Arkansas. This town is fifty-two years old, and it was named after me, and the population of this town is one. And that's Fred High of High, Arkansas. No post office here now, but there used to be. Thirty-five years I was the post master right here, and eight years prior to that I carried the mail from different places and different ways. But I had to go a-horseback then because there wasn't no cars nor no roads to run em. Back before the nineteenth (sic) century come on.
And I think now that I can sing -- well, they tell me that I'm the best singer they is — some people tells me I'm the best singer there is in the United States. They tell me that — people that lives at Fayetteville, Arkansas. And I try to sing with different tunes each time. While the Carters is good singers, but they sing with the same tune all,the time. I've been in their shows; but I haven't never saw Roy Acuff at Nashville, Tennessee. But I intended to go there and see him last summer but I didn't go. So I'll go there later.
This comin year I want my picture made by Uncle Ike's side. They say I and him favors — they tell me that in Colo- ray-doe. And maybe we do — if I can get him still long enough to have our pictures made side-and-side in Washington, Dee Cee some time this summer. So now then we'll sing. I'll sing the song that I sung a while ago and we made a mistake on it. We'll try it again. All right, the name of the song is "Custer's Charge."
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