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raredance Origins: Sweet Fern (34) RE: Help: Sweet Fern origin 13 Jul 02


"In the Pine, Selected Kentucky Folksongs" by L Roberts, C Buell Agey & Jan Philip Schinan (1978 Pikeville College Press)has a text that matches the Carter versiion in the DT, i.e. no mention of yodeling. Two minor differences, in verse 1 "the" woodlands (I suspect a typo in the DT) and in the last verse a "gold" ring. That text was collected in 1959, plenty of time to be influenced by recordings.

rich r


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