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Origins: Woodys 'Hard Travelin' tune provenance

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A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE
AS I GO RAMBLING ROUND
BELLE STARR
BOUND FOR GLORY
CLEAN-O
DEPORTEES
DO RE MI
DUST PNEUMONIA
EL DO RE MI
GAMBLER
HARD TRAVELIN'
HARD, AIN'T IT HARD
HIGHWAY 66 BLUES
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
I'M GONNA MAIL MYSELF TO YOU
JACKHAMMER JOHN
JESUS CHRIST
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM
LIFEBELT WASHED UP ON THE SHORE
LUDLOW MASSACRE
MEAN TALKING BLUES
MRS. ROOSEVELT
NINE HUNDRED MILES
OKLAHOMA HILLS
PASTURES OF PLENTY
POOR LAZARUS
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
RAMBLING ROUND
RANGER'S COMMAND
RED WINE
ROLL ON COLUMBIA
ROLL ON THE DAY
SHIP IN THE SKY
SO LONG IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH
TALKING BLUES
TALKING DUST BOWL BLUES
THE 1913 MASSACRE
THE BLINDING OF ISAAC WOODARD
THE GRAND COULEE DAM
THE LADIES' AUXILIARY
THE PHILADELPHIA LAWYER
THE SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
THOSE BROWN EYES
TOM JOAD
UNION MAID
WHY OH WHY


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GUEST,Autoharper 29 Jan 13 - 03:14 PM
GUEST,Bb Coltman 30 Jan 13 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 03 Feb 13 - 03:05 PM
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Subject: Origins: Woodys 'Hard Travelin' tune provenance
From: GUEST,Autoharper
Date: 29 Jan 13 - 03:14 PM

What traditional or popular song provided Woody Guthrie with the melody for his song, "Hard Travelin'?"

I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
I thought you knowed.
I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
Way down the road.
I been a-havin'some hard travelin',
Hard ramblin', hard gamblin',
I been a-havin'some hard travelin', Lord.

Thanks,
Adam Miller
Folksinging.org


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Subject: RE: Origins: Woodys 'Hard Travelin' tune provenance
From: GUEST,Bb Coltman
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 06:36 AM

The tune could be Woody's reworking of the tune variously known as "Crawdad Song" or "Sugar Babe." Granted it departs from the original, but that's at least a possibility.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: Woodys 'Hard Travelin' tune provenance
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 03 Feb 13 - 03:05 PM

Two more possibilities, closely similar, which might have been reworked to arrive at "Hard Travelin's" tune:

Froggy Went a-Courtin'
This Train Is Bound for Glory


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