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Thread #25627   Message #353357
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O
07-Dec-00 - 08:25 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier's Joy
Subject: RE: Origins of 'Soldier's Joy'?
Single sheet songs with music is still a much neglected subject. Tunes are obviously song tunes on these, and only the ones that also make good instrumental tunes get in music books, but with the words deleted. That's why histories of tunes derived primarily from instrumental collections don't turn up the origins of these, like "Soldier's Joy".

I found something in the same vein one time on a visit to Washington state (Gig Harbor). I heard a local bluegrass group do what was obviously "Grandfather's Clock", but it was altered a bit and one couldn't really sing the song to it. After the set was over I asked them about the tune, and they said they'd learned it from another bluegrass group, and they hadn't known there were ever any verses to the tune.