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Thread #10886 Message #1476788
Posted By: michaelr
03-May-05 - 12:42 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Katy Cruel History/Info???
I first heard the song on the excellent Bay Area singer Sylvia Herold's CD "A Bowl of Crystal Tears" (Tuxedo Records, 1997). Sylvia plays swing rhythm guitar in a band called Catz'n'Jammers; plays and sings in Guinness-cum-LSD faves Wake The Dead; and is an acomplished Irish music accompanist playing in DADGAD tuning.
Sylvia's liner notes: "This mysterious song is Appalachian, with strong echoes of the Old World. I borrowed the last verse from a related song called "I know where I'm Going". The chorus evokes a sense of futility and longing. Who this Katie is and why she is cruel are questions left unanswered."