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Sandy Paton Index of Folk Songs in Print (34) RE: Index of Folk Songs in Print 26 Apr 05

Thanks, Joe. Karen still has a pile of books turned over on my shelves, waiting to have their indices (is that the plural of index?) photocopied. These are some that she doesn't have in her own library, nor were they indexed by Brunning.
    I have pointed out to Karen some of the difficulties involved in the project. For example, I have a small book of songs from Appalachia that is titled with some nonsense syllables that are included as the title of one of the songs in the book. The song happens to be a variant of "Eggs and Marrowbone" or "The Old Woman from Yorkshire." To see only the nonsense syllables would not lead a "Marrowbones" researcher to this particular version of the song. That kind of information should be included to make such an index really valuable.
    The "Songs of the Rivers of America" that Carl Carmer put together, is really a gem, isn't it? I stumbled on my copy about ten years ago by sheer good fortune -- got it for $35. A bit shabby, but it's all there! Some bookshop owner didn't do his homework before putting it up on ABE. When I first got the book in my hands, it fell open by chance to "The Housatonic" -- my home river!
    See you at the Getaway this year, maybe.

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