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Rex Origins: Windy Bill (29) Origins: Windy Bill 19 Jan 04

Mark Gardner and I are doing another CD on early cowboy songs based on Howard "Jack" Thorp's book: Songs of the Cowboys, first published in 1908. We want to include "Windy Bill". The first question is does anyone know just when or where this song first appeared? The next one then is the kind of question that just drives normal people up the wall. Real picky details. You'll find in the songbooks that this song often comes with its own glossary to nail down those cowboy terms. But it's not that simple. They will say that the "Sand_Stacked" is a well known type of tree, yes, rawhide over wood, or the whole saddle. Well the tree is just the framework if you will. I've been in touch with historians who insist that it was a "Sam Stagg" tree. There were saddles in Texas in the 1860's that had a particular exposed rigging and were identified as having a Sam Stagg tree. (See the Smithsonian's "Man Made Mobile"). So then, why does Thorp who was acquainted with cowboys and their truck, call it "Sand-Stacked"? He also stays with that term in his reprinting of the book in 1921. Was it a running joke? Or did he just hear it wrong and never worried about it? I'm hoping that someone out there can help with this one. Thankee,


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