“Fire on the Mountain (Run Boys Run)” | Doc Watson – Intermediate Guitar Lesson


“Fire on the Mountain” (Run boys, run!). A well known traditional bluegrass song that has many different variations. It is typically played at breakneck speed, giving rise to popular folklore for the origins of the title. The fiddler plays so fast the fiddle catches on fire and lights up the woods!

This tune was originally recorded in the early 1940's for the Library of Congress. Verses are sometimes sung to the melody, especially in the variants by other names such as “Betty Martin,” “Ten Little Indians,” “Pretty Betty Martin” and “Hog Eye.”

Fire on the mountains, run, boys, run,
Fire on the mountains, run, boys, run.


You get three MP4 video files, six MP3 audio practice tracks and a PDF tab sheet.

Lesson Preview


Part A – 15:17
Part B – 13:42
Rhythm – 4:36

PDF Tab Sheet

Fire on the Mountain.pdf

Audio Backing Tracks

120 BPM – 1:44
120 BPM with Metronome – 1:44
100 BPM – 1:39
100 BPM with Metronome – 1:39
80 BPM – 2:03
80 BPM with Metronome – 2:03