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Thread #94873   Message #1840336
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
21-Sep-06 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
No matter, it's a fine image of a guy who believes 'If ya got it, flaunt it!' I like it and sang it that way for 35 years. Good tune too with nice emotional changes and minor chords. A rather perfect little gem, (no pun in-ten-did, of course)...

And I'll always hope to find proof for my feelings that Charlie Butler's Parchman Farm 1937 collected "Diamond Jo/Joe" was being sung to a STEAMBOAT. Diamond Jo Reynolds owned his Diamond Jo Steamboat Line and built those vessels out of Dubuque, Iowa. His main boat was actually called THE DIAMOND JO ---- and each of his boats sported a painted-on diamond with the letters JO right in the middle.---------- There's a line in that song that actually says, "Diamond Jo, where's yer fireman?"---at least that's how I hear it. What's more natural than for a prisoner to want the boat to haul him away from there...

Art