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Thread #81172   Message #1484729
Posted By: John M.
14-May-05 - 01:06 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Ballad of 'Jonestown' . Sing it anyone?
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ballad of 'Jonestown' . Sing it anyone?
brucie, Yes, *many* generations of children have "passed away" since this song was "written". The earliest date *I* have for it is 1927 from the Gordon "Inferno" collection at the Library of Congress and the book Immortalia.

Jonestown is not a bawdy song and is very much in the Child ballad tradition -- everyone dies a horrible death.