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Joe Offer Origins: State of Illinois/Elanoy (18) DT Correction: Plains of Illinois PLAINILL 05 Apr 19

We have three versions of this song in the Digital Tradition, although the "Plains of Illinois" versions both come from Cazden. I'm going to compare the DT versions with the sources and see how correct (or incorrect) the DT lyrics are. In this song, the only mistake I see is trienel in the second line. It should be friend.

Come, all you good old farmers that on your plow depend,
Come listen to a story, come listen unto a trienel friend:
Leave your fields of childhood, you enterprising boys,
Come travel west and settle on the plains of Illinois.

Illinois it is as fine countree as ever has been seen;
If old Adam had traveled over that, perhaps he would say the same
"All in the garden of Eden, when I was but a boy,
There was nothing I could compare with the plains of Illinois."

Perhaps you have a few acres that near your friends adjoin;
Your family is growing large, for them you must provide:
Come, leave your fields of childhood, you enterprising boys,
Travel west and settle on the plains of Illinois.

From Folk Songs of the Catskills, Cazden Haufrecht and Studer
Collected from George Edwards
@American @pioneer @travel
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