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Thread #94873   Message #1840527
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
22-Sep-06 - 12:47 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
I've been in touch with Stephen Wade, an old Chicago friend. Stephen put together that great CD of his favorites from the old Library Of Congress LPs of traditional collected examples. Of course, Charlie Butler's "Diamond Joe/Jo is on that CD. He feels my idea about the song being possibly addressed to a Diamond Jo steamboat is pure wishful thinking mainly because D.J.Reynolds made his boats for the Upper Mississippi trade.
True, I love the romantic idea of the river/steamboat connection. It's just fun thinking about it. But Stephen doesn't want my idea to get around because them things have a way of taking on an aire of actual fact. Well, that's folklore for ya!!! Often truth don't have much to do with it. Tall tales always have been, pretty much, lies told on purpose! The fun comes in when the greenhorn guy stays out in woods all night long holding the bag and freezing his butt off.

Art