Once we got to Asheville I realized how close where we were staying was to Helen's Bridge - the most haunted place in Asheville according to local folk lore. I knew I wanted to title this yet to be written tune Helen's Bridge. The first full day we were there I worked on trying to write something, but I was a little hung over and nothing came of it.
After a good night's rest, I woke the 2nd morning before dawn and jotted down the following song titles to think of as inspiration: Down in the Willow Garden (Red Clay Ramblers), Cold Blows the Wind (Ween), All of These Dreams (Phish), Peggy-O (Grateful Dead), Been All Around This World (Grateful Dead), Blackberry Blossom (Bill Frisell version), Off To Sea Once More (Jerry Garcia), As I Went Out One Morning (Bob Dylan), Far Far From Me (John Prine), Moma Dance (Phish), Wayside/Back In Time (Gillian Welch), and Slow Train Through Georgia (Norman Blake).
Basically I wanted something sort of minor key sounding with an old-English ballad or Blue Ridge Mountain type feel. Before I really even had a chance to use the above songs as inspiration I picked up my guitar and sung a melody to these made up words: Lost on Beaucatcher Mountain is a place called Helen's Bridge. There I first felt the tapping and the dawning of the midge. The notes on the guitar that matched this melody fell right into place. Then I needed a B-part so with a different melody I thought of the following words: Now that my car won't start, I'll just have to walk, over the mountain to, Helen's Bridge. That became the 2nd part.
I don't know if I really needed a bridge, but I did want a third part, so I listened back to that Tweezer jam from 10/31/18 3rd set and added something like that as the "C" part. So the structure of Helen's Bridge is AABBAABBCCCCCCAABB. It's the only tune I have like that. Or basically it's AABBAABB, then the C part as many times through as I want - usually six times through - before going back to AABB for one last time through. Here it is.
Helen's Bridge is a more guitar-friendly melody, while Baked Zizi definitely feels better on tenor banjo than guitar.