@davey-a Hey Dave, you are indeed welcome! It's great to have you on the site. Thanks for your kind comment and thanks for listening.
Thanks Gordon, I enjoyed that.
@ken-longfield it was my pleasure! Thank you.
Thanks for sharing this Gordon. You did a great job of playing and singing this song as well as providing information about it.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Great info, Gordon and Dusty!
@strumelia @robin-thompson @dusty-turtle Thanks folks for listening and for your kind comments. I saw/heard a video by Willy Blake (William Henry Blake) playing the tune on the banjo and singing a version of the song. I liked it so I googled "Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone sheet music" (I can't tab by ear so I use sheet music to write my tab) and found both lyrics and sheet music on Lyle Lofgren's site "Remembering The Old Songs". I found it quite easy to tab, play and sing and I figured it was old enough to be Public Domain. I have had a lot of fun with it!
That's a great old tune, Gordon, and you do a nice job with it.
According to the liner notes to Bascom Lamar Lunsford's Ballad's, Banjo Tunes, and Sacred Songs of Western North Carolina , he learned the song in 1904 from Miss Lela Ammons, who "sang, played the song on the old-time organ, and would sing this beautiful text of 'Old Stepstone.'"
This is a wonderful old sentimental song, Gordon, and I like the way you play & sing it.
May i ask where you found this song Gordon?
It's a sweet/sad sentiment, and I like how you sing it.