Mudcat Café message #1840288 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94873   Message #1840288
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
21-Sep-06 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Keith and Rusty McNeil sing a fine version of "Diamond Joe," without the jaw nonsense. (Cowboy Frank's website; Cowboy Songs and History, the McNeils- 3 hours of good stuff!). http://cowboyfrank.net/CowboyMusic.htm

Bob Dylan is apparently responsible for the 'diamond-studded jar' lines (verse 2- "And he carries all his money in a diamond-studded jar. He never took much trouble with the process of the law." (1992, Special Rider Music). His version is almost 'a whole nother song', pretty far removed from the Dillingham version.