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Thread #113867   Message #2424514
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Aug-08 - 01:15 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Forty Shades of Green - Origin Request
Looks like Johnny Cash wrote it in the 1960s after a visit to Ireland. Cannot find any indication of it prior to the Cash copyright. Checked several compendia of Irish song.

The expression, "forty shades of green" is much older.

A couple of websites call it traditional. It is mishmash of Irish references; so this is unlikely.

There are several threads which contribute little except the lyrics, and the song lyrics are in the DT. Enter -forty shades of green- in Lyrics and Knowledge Search to find them.