Sorry but there's a lot of backwash to my thread here, so please bear with me. Many years ago I bought what I now know to to be the Penguin book of American folk edited by Alan Lomax, I know this because I have just bought a 2nd hand copy off Amazon... my original purchase was in England in the late 60's... Since then I've been through all sorts of music some of which would be castigated here on Mudcat. Relationships later I started playing "Irish" music, still do when I can... but whilst still in England I saw a BBC4 program with Bruce Springstein and the Seeger Session Musicians playing all these brilliant tunes I thought were in the song book I had bought way back when..
I particularly liked what on his album is called "the Erie Canal" more so now since I live in Syracuse. Now where am I going with this thread?.. Good question. The song in the Alan Lomax book is not the tune Bruce was singing.
Here in Syracuse we have a Erie canal museum which I have been to.. worth a visit for anyone here.. in their gift shop they had a song book of like 20 or more songs called "Erie Canal"...
So where am I going with this thread?
First off I'd like the lyrics and chords to whatever version Bruce is playing, but I would love to be able to put together a whole web site about the importance of the Erie canal focusing on the music that surrounds it