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Thread #10886   Message #1476434
Posted By: Pete Peterson
02-May-05 - 10:41 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Katy Cruel History/Info???
I suspect that most of us learned it, directly or indirectly, from Peggy Seeger's 10" Folkways LP "Folksongs of Courting and Complaint." (my copy is obviously the 2nd edition because the accompanying booklet says "copyright 1955, 1962").
Charles Seeger's notes say "A California singer has traced this somewhat nonsense song back to Oklahoma. It is fragmentary and its stanzas, divided into two groups of two stanzas, tell no story. A few of them seem to be borrowed bodily from other songs."