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Thread #4280   Message #1428006
Posted By: Midchuck
06-Mar-05 - 09:47 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Poor Howard / Green Corn (Leadbelly)
Subject: RE: Lyric req: poor howard
I believe Leadbelly sang this, with the verse:

Who's been here since I've been gone?
Big black nigger with a derby on...

The weavers recorded it, changing the lyric to:

...Great big man with a derby on.

This was like, the early '50s. It may have been the very first manifestation of what later came to be known as political correctness.