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Wrinkles Lyr Req: Oklahoma Rose (Percy French) (24) RE: Lyr Req: Percy French - Oklahoma Rose 26 Mar 05


French's attempt to use black vernacular (a kind of pseudo-gullah) _is_ unintentionally funny, particularly from today's post-PC viewpoint.

Linguistically however, it is interesting to see in his "sight spelling" exactly how a middle class Hibernian English speaker heard this accent, or perhaps imagined it.

Ironically, "sight spelling" only works when the writer and performer share exactly the same accent, so no American (of any color) or English person can ever perform this tune as intended!

Wrinkles


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