Learn to Play "I Had But 50 Cents"

Posted by Jody Stecher

I Had but 50 Cents 8 BARS
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Jody Stecher got this song from John Herald, the guitar player and lead singer in the Greenbriar Boys, which was a New York City bluegrass band that he joined as a mandolin player when he was 17, just out of high school.

They sing this song in Cajun Louisiana; it’s “Chanson de Cinquante Sous.” Same story, same melody, although there are different melodies.

Here is an eight-bar excerpt.

Excerpted from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher

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