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Thread #43706   Message #1375328
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter at work
09-Jan-05 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Brian O'Lynn & Tam o' the Linn
Subject: RE: Req/Add: Brian O'Lynn & Tam o' the Linn
The Silver Burdett version merely substitutes the name "Tam o' the Linn" for "Brian O'Linn" in what is pretty much the familiar text.
I suspect this was a conscious conflation by one of the editors.

"Recent" traditional versions with "Tom Bolynn" or any kind of "Tom" are extremely rare. Oscar Brand's heavily rewritten and modernized bawdy "Tom Bolynn," recorded in the mid-'50s and now widely known, appears to have been inspired by a non-bawdy New England version in the Flanders collection - IIRC. There's another "Tom" text in Sharp & Karpeles, which is repeated in Lomax & Lomax, "Our Singing Country."
I believe another one appears in Shoemaker's "Folklore of the Schoharie Hills." These derive from an early 19th C. American broadside.