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Thread #19122   Message #2072605
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
09-Jun-07 - 11:23 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barbara Allen (different versions)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Barbara Allen' different versions
Lets see, a few additional bits...

1) It ought to be "the month of May" and "the month of June." NOT the "moth" of May and June.

2) If there were verses about 'Do you remember in yonder town---you drank a toast to ladies all but slighted Barbara Allen'---well, I never wrote 'em down for some reason. But that was 45 years ago. This was how it got saved. So, I guess this'll have to be it.

3) I do think that the line about 'The place where she was dug in' is obliquely taking note of the fact that she probably was living in a sod house where the building blocks had to be dug from the prairie ground.

4) I recorded Cowboy's Barbara Allen twice. The first time was on my very first LP album in the 1970s--on Kicking Mule Records--KM 150--Art Thieme-Outright Boldfaced Lies--Live At The Old Town School Of Folk Music.
All of Kicking Mule was sold to the jazz label Fantasy Records and they are sitting on those tapes--probably until I pass on.

The second time I put the song out, I took some old concert tapes from the 1970s and '80s and put together my 1998 CD called The Older I Get, The Better I Was--on Waterbug Records. It's available at: