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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbanjorex View Post
    I used to hear this song as a young boy. Hadn't heard in a long time. Great memory.
    Most likely Mr Donegan borrowed this song from Mr Guthrie.
    It is quite amazing that some UK skiffle cover songs sounded more
    American than their original counter parts. When Mr Donegan did
    this song it had that jumping in the aisles holy roller penticostal feel
    to it. He puts terrific energy into it... and that lead guitarist is a
    picker straight out of Nashville. Great memories indeed, and great choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee_ginga_yin View Post
    Now this is a song I love, and I suppose it illustrates how Mr Donegan
    took songs and modified them... saving the melody but changing the words.
    The version I have heard was from Lew Dite and it seems to chronicle
    the depression years in America. Here is the version I know.
    From what I know this version came from Carl Sandburg's "The American Songbag" (1927)
    From what I've found the chorus was in Carl Sandburg's 'American Songbag' (1927) and your version (the well known verses) were written by Lee Hays of the Weavers.
    It was covered by lots of folks but even Lew Dite states he learned it from Lonny Donegan. Funny thing is he sings the Weavers version. I guess its like so many of these old tunes, when there is only a chorus its open for anyone to add whatever verses they like.
    The Limeliters and Donegan have more uploads of it on YT than anyone else. I dont know who I heard sing it first. Probably Pete Seagar or Tom Paxton or maybe Harry Belafonte but itt doesnt matter who sang it first. It is a song that stays with you. I too love it!
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    Here's another one I cherry picked off the skiffle list. Always a fun tune.


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    I was looking thru David Lindley's stuff looking for calypso inspiration, and found this one, and then I found it had been done by Lord Kitchener. I'd never heard his version, but it is pretty damn good. Bit difficult to emulate tho.

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    it was on the skiffle list

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyy View Post
    I was looking thru David Lindley's stuff looking for calypso inspiration, and found this one, and then I found it had been done by Lord Kitchener. I'd never heard his version, but it is pretty damn good. Bit difficult to emulate tho.
    Happy Happy music... you have to move to this stuff.
    I am not sure if you should be in the corner with the
    other naughty boys. I just could not make my mind up
    about the lyrics.

    Here is a short history of Lord Kitchener together with the song
    Thanks for bringing this one to the season, and I am sure it will
    be an inspiration for others to explore his music.

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    A popular calypso by The Growling Tiger from 1935...


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    I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, but the reason Lonnie Donnegan's skiffle group was known as 'The Vipers', was that 'viper' was English 50's slang for 'pot-head' - they successfully smuggled that one past the BBC censors.
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    my second Lonnie Donegan song more British than American-more piffle than skiffle

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    an attempt to be topical

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