"Pelrad, since we are all in nit picking mode here, may I point out that you are not "loathe" to change the wording, you are "loth" to change the wording."
Thanks, Murray! That's actually a word I have only heard, never seen written. And I never knew the correct pronunciation of "slough" either, having only read it. We don't have many sloughs here in RI, or they're in disguise.
Although the changing perspective (from "I" to "he" or "she") drives me batty, I don't change it. I like the character of traditional lyrics.