Earl was a Georgia, short-bow fiddler with a brisk attack, highlighted by upward slides in the melody that pushed his tunes forward impressively. Mississippi Sawyer (a descriptive term for a river snag, long-used by steamboat pilots) was very popular in Georgia, and was recorded on OKeh by his Georgia contemporary Fiddling John Carson. Carson added words to the second part of the tune: “Christmas time will soon be over (x3); Then we’ll join the band!”
Fiddler Tex Logan took that part of the tune, changed the key to E, and made the song “Christmas Time’s A-Coming”, recorded by his friend Bill Monroe. (an “in-joke” if there ever was one.)
Here is Earl, with his version (a crooked one at that!) of Mississippi Sawyers.
And here is John Carson with Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over.
And finally, here’s Bill Monroe with Christmas Time’s A coming.