Mudcat Café message #56859 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8912   Message #56859
Posted By: Steve Parkes
02-Feb-99 - 12:01 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
At the Fitter's Arms in Walsall (England), Alex Campbell often used to tell us about the hard time he had "when I was a negro on the Clyde Delta". One night he was in full spate, when he noticed our West Indian floorsinger Ryland Campbell (no relation!) was slowly sliding from his chair to the floor, laughing hysterically but quietly (we were always very polite at the Fitter's). Interrupting his spiel, he said, "it's all right for you, you're a black negro - I was a white negro!". This brought the house down; Ryland had to be carried home on a hurdle. Ah, happy innocent days ...

Steve