Mudcat Café message #3160162 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: GUEST,Howard Jones
25-May-11 - 03:48 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier's Joy
Subject: RE: Origins: Soldier's Joy
The Fiddlers Companion has extensive information:

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/SO_SOR.htm

The tune seems to be found everywhere, but where it actually originated still appears to be obscure. That's folk music for you. However it's probably European rather than American.