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Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
16-Jun-02 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
"The Lovely Ohio," Chris Carney version, is fuller (verse 4) and more satisfactory than the original, put together by Ed McCurdy and recorded way back when (not really trad, but an original composition by him with borrowings from "Hunt the Buffalo" etc.?). Good song.

"El-a-noy" is a similar song (Lomax, FSNA, pp. 87-88, and Sandburg, American Songbag, pp. 162-163):
Chorus and verse 2:
Then move your family westward,
Good health you will enjoy,
And rise to wealth and honor
In the state of El-a-noy.

'Twas there the Queen of Sheba came with Solomon 0f old,
With an ass load of spices, pomegranates and fine gold,
And when she saw this lovely land, her heart was filled with joy,
Straightaway she said, "I'd like to be a queen in El-a-noy.

This booster song possibly comes from the Shawneetown days on the Ohio, but again, its origins are poorly known. It could be a nostalgic song from much later. It doesn't seem to be in the DT.