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lamarca DTStudy: A Proposal - part 2 (58* d) RE: DTStudy: A Proposal - part 2 28 May 02

This is great! One of my longtime gripes about the DT has been the lack of (or incorrect) attribution for a given set of lyrics. Since the DT started as Dick Greenhaus', Susan Friedman's and Dennis Cook's (and perhaps others') personal lyric collections that they had on computer disc, they didn't always bother to say where that particular set of words came from - it was, after all, his or her personal word book.

Once these entries started being used as a public resource, however, the need for accuracy in transcription and references for the recorded or written source for the material became essential, and their lack a major flaw in the DT.

Going in and correcting mistakes and mondegreens, or even just labelling an entry as "transcribed from Martin Carthy, Crown of Horn" or "words from memory, learned circa 1967" will help future singers and scholars determine how accurate any given entry is. A discography of recorded variants of a song would be nice; a lot of this work has been done by the JHU site. But ultimately, each individual DT entry should have a source listed for that particular set of words, and who actually entered them.

This is a massive effort which couldn't be done by Dick, Susan and Max on their own - I'm glad it's turning into a community project!

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