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Thread #24463   Message #279866
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
17-Aug-00 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: If it Wasn't for Dicky (Lead Belly)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If it weren't for Dickey
The earliest known version of the song was given by Sidney Owenson in Twelve Original Hibernian Melodies, 1805 (along with her song "Oh! Farewell Dear Erin" to the same tune). This I haven't seen. A sheet music copy is on the Levy sheet music website (Mudcat's Links). Search for 'Drimendoo'. It's not clear that the song given there is complete, and her tune has been altered somewhat. Note that Leadbelly's tune and other traditional ones are all different from the original tune.