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Thread #142290   Message #3282240
Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
30-Dec-11 - 09:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add/Req: Wheel, oh, Matilda
Subject: RE: Lyr Add/Req: Wheel, oh, Matilda
I could ask some of the posters on the Jamaican forum I post on about a Belafonte version. I've certainly never heard of one. But this song appears at the end of an Anansi tale called "The Devil's Honey-Dram" collected in 1904 by Walter Jekyll in Jamaican Song and Story and I think that's where it comes from. Some stories included songs as well. The song may have become separate from the story as it was told and retold.