Mudcat Café message #3046869 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25358   Message #3046869
Posted By: GUEST,norton howe
05-Dec-10 - 11:16 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Re: "Go tell Aunt Rhody"

I am 73 years old. My grandmother sang this song to me while rocking me to sleep. My great grandmother was a piano teacher,so she might have bought the collection of Southern and Appalachian folk songs when my uncle was born around 1918. If I were to search for European origins, I would begin with Scotch-Irish traditions. So many songs emanate from plagues, such as the "Black Death." Maybe the song came from a poultry disease many years ago in Europe.