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Thread #11295   Message #641131
Posted By: E.T.
03-Feb-02 - 12:55 AM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: Anyone recorded the lot?
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: Anyone recorded the lot?
As in the best tradition - borrow!

"My Country Tis of Thee" is tune of "God Save the Queen."

With careful research, don't think it would be too hard to find probable/likely tunes in an area/time frame. How, establishing which is the MOST probable that may be harder. Hey, we're working with an oral history and tracing it back to a "snapshot" time frame.

On the other hand - it would be absolutely fascinating research.

There are amazing coincidences. I worked on the Recreation Board a few years ago with Irv Finston - who in college, carried the tape recorder (then in the "army portable"version - i.e. it had a handle and it weighed less than a truck) in the 30's(? college) for ballad collector. Reason I know this was because I was singing one of the Shaker while songs setting up for a meeting and he recognized it. (from Chicago Il). Elaine.