Mudcat Café message #23221 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3952   Message #23221
Posted By: Art Thieme
06-Mar-98 - 11:32 PM
Thread Name: info about Paul Clayton??
Subject: RE: info about Paul Clayton??
Bruce, you are correct-------but the name of the song I think you're getting at is "The Banks Of The Little Eau Pleine". W. N.Allen is William Allen-----also wrote his songs under the name of "SHAN T. BOY". His songs, (these two anyhow), both contain a single "place" in each of 'em where, upon hearing it, the listener wonders if the writer is pulling your leg. Ie. the "hop lice dancing on her grave" in Eau Claire and/or the description of her lover's clothing (pretty outrageous) in Eau Pleine. Versions of both can be found in the wondrous collection BALLADS AND SONGS OF THE SHANTY BOY by Franz Lee Rickaby. (1925) I, too, had a wife then (still have same one & she has me!) but I did do a gig at that Playboy Club. (see the WONDERBRA thread for insight) Back then I did whatever I could to pay the rent! Art Thieme