Popular US song with the notes B-A-E1, 1890 - 1920
June 11, 2013 7:53 PM Subscribe
My grandparents had a special tune they'd whistle when separated from their kids in a crowded place. My dad taught me this whistle years ago, and I remember the three notes as B, A, and up an octave with a rapid bend from D# up to E.
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Also, according to my dad, these were three consecutive notes in a song that was a favorite of his parents. I think they were the last three notes.
The song would have been popular before 1925, possibly before 1920. Most likely between 1890 and 1920, and popular in upstate New York.
I've tried searching for the song, but haven't found a search engine that supports this kind of oddball query. I've listened to tons of on-line from the era. I have so far struck out. I don't read sheet music, which limits my options to quickly scan for this stuff.
Help me, Metafilter musicologists. What is this song?