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Thread #92300   Message #3680309
Posted By: GUEST,Autoharper
26-Nov-14 - 04:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Colorado Trail
Subject: RE: Origins: Colorado Trail
I wrote the line notes with Faith Petric when we released the Faith's Favorites CD. This is the verse Faith wrote:

Wind's comin' down the gulch,
Night birds cry alarm,
Wish I'd stayed in Abilene,
Nice and dry and warm.

Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman wrote the others.

In _American Songbag_, Sandburg observed the similarities between this classic cowboy love song and the 16th century English poem:

Oh, Western wind, when wilt thou blow
That the small rain down can rain?
Christ, that my love were in my arms
And I in my bed again.