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Thread #5830   Message #1653920
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
22-Jan-06 - 10:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Roger the Miller and the Grey Mare
Subject: RE: Roger the Miller (The Grey Mare)
The fourth verse is as sung by Tanner on the only known recording of the song made by him. The other verses on the recording lack the additional lines quoted by Kennedy and ascribed to Tanner. Compare the transcriptions above if you are in doubt.

Either they were from Tanner and, for some reason, not included on his recording (and yet, by some unexplained means, known to Kennedy) or they were added by Kennedy from elsewhere. I have suggested that Kidson's B text is a possibility, but I don't know that to be the case; neither do I know why Kennedy makes no mention of the question of the additional lines, unless there is some comment included with such notes as may accompany the copy of the song on his own Folktrax label.

Kennedy does state on his website (http://www.folktrax.org/) that the song was recorded from Tanner in 1949 by Maud Karpeles (Kennedy's aunt) but he is not always accurate, and makes no mention in his book of her involvement in 1949, though other sources do mention that Karpeles was involved with the recordings made in 1937 (for which, see Veteran link above).