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Thread #62257   Message #2679227
Posted By: Matthew Edwards
13-Jul-09 - 01:23 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Twang Man
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Twang Man
Thanks Jerry for that extra verse; hope I'll get to hear you sing it one day.

So the song was already in the DT after all, but spelled Twangman (one word).

I named Michael Moran (Zozimos) as the originator since that is who Dominic Behan said it came from in his notes to the Topic LP Down By The Liffeyside. However Dominic Behan's scholarship might perhaps not always be entirely reliable....

Colm O'Lochlainn included the song in an Addendum to his Irish Street Ballads as one of a number of Dublin ballads. Since the article mentions Zozimus as the author of The Finding of Moses it is quite easy to misread O'Lochlainn and infer that the other ballads described in the article are attributable to Zozimus as well. This could very well be the source of Dominic Behan's mistake, and hence mine also.

Matthew Edwards