Mudcat Café message #689668 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40170   Message #689668
Posted By: Genie
14-Apr-02 - 04:53 AM
Thread Name: Songs to different tunes
Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
When Katharine Lee Bates wrote her poem "America The Beautiful," it became wildly popular before any tune had been affixed to it. For about two years, it was sung to a wide array of tunes, most notably "Auld Lang Syne." Then Samuel Butler discovered that it fit perfectly with a melody he had already written, and his tune became "the" tune for that song.