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Thread #25358   Message #3294153
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
21-Jan-12 - 08:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
I think you're worrying too much. There is no real evidence that this is a southern song, and even if it were, so what? Is it somehow shameful that there is a southern part to our country?

We heard this song as a lullaby when I was little kid in Chicagoland. It was neither northern or southern, it was just a song. It could have happened on any farm where there's a goose and a pond.

I have my doubts about your "Yankee soldier" verse. A farm dweller wouldn't call a goose, which is female, "him." Not that I think you're lying; I think somebody with a politcal agenda slapped the verse onto an old song. I recommend that you ditch that verse and continue to enjoy singing to children.