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Goose Gander Origins: William Taylor (84* d) RE: Origins: William Taylor 09 Nov 10

Stumbling forward, I would argue the general point that conscious rewriting is also often part of the oral tradition and folk process. From North America, Hobart Smith, Nimrod Workman and Roscoe Holcomb all took considerable liberties with traditional material. I would be very surprised if English singers never did the same.

Of course, I can't provide any evidence for the case of William Taylor.

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