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GUEST,dick greenhaus Lyr Req: Roll On Buddy (10) RE: Lyrics request - 'Roll on buddy' 07 Mar 00

The version quoted most frequently (9 Pound Hammer) was assembled from earlier sources, with a largely re-written tune, by Merle Travis in 1941. Earlier versions (or at leasat songs with overlapping verses) incclued Brad Kincaid's (193?) Roll On John and Swannanoa Tunnel, collected by Cecil Sharp in 1918 (he thought it was Swannanoa Town-O).

Archie Green's fine book "Only a Miner" devotes a chapter to this one.

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