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Coyote Breath Origins: State of Arkansas (46) RE: State of Arkansas 16 May 03

My name is Sanford Barnes, I come from Nobleville town
I been this wide world over, I been this wide world round
I been this wide world over, many ups and downs I saw
But I never knew what misery were 'til I come to Arkansas.

The version I've been singing was collected by one or another of the Lomax(es). The tune is NOTHING like the Diamond Joe that I sing. Ain't the folk process wonderful?

The tune I'm familiar with sounds a bit like the tune for "I'm a Good Old Rebel" as played by Mitch Greenhill in the 'brothers' film "The Long Riders". But not quite.

I think I learned "my" Diamond Joe from Ramblin' Jack Eliot but if so that was a long time ago. Coulda been Luke Faust, too. Lucas Hapgood Faust... Chicago??...1960-64??



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