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GUEST,GUEST Lyr Req: Damyankee Lad (Jimmie Driftwood) (25) RE: Lyr Req: Damyankee Lad (Jimmie Driftwood) 10 Oct 18


My mom and dad had a sky blue record with a red....star? or person? on it and I almost think DYL was the title of the record, but the song was on there. NO idea who did it, and can't remember any of the other songs, but when we moved from Colorado to NC when we were little, my sister and I loved to sing that song at the tops of our lungs. We were not impressed by the notion that NC was the very best state in the country, because we knew Colorado was.

There were a few lyric changes that I remember--
"When I found old Sherman had left me behind
I quick had another thought into my mind" (I remember the word 'quick', and that line never quite seemed balanced to me)

And I also remember, very clearly, that it was "cornbread and peaches and ham." And just as clearly I remember "I've raised a fine family of girls and young men/who think that damn yankees are plumb full of sin/they'd call you a liar if you said that their dad/had marched to Mobile as a damn yankee lad".

Now I was young so I didn't have the slightest idea that Atlanta and Sherman was a 'thing'. I was under the impression that the singer never made it to Atlanta but had been left behind near Mobile--but I could be wrong. I came from a state that refused to join the Union til slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.


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