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Thread #83304   Message #1530739
Posted By: GUEST,Bryan Bowers
28-Jul-05 - 08:36 PM
Thread Name: Who Actually Wrote City of New Orleans?
Subject: Corrections to the Digital Tradition
"The moral of this story is:

Don't believe everything you see on the Internet!

(except here at Mudcat, of course.)

Lyrics sites are especially prone to this particular kind of misinformation. People associate songs with recording artists, and anyone can listen, transcribe, and submit the lyrics of a song under the name of their favorite performer without ever considering that someone else might have actually written the damn thing."

You can't always trust Mudcat. I once recorded Tommy Thompson's beautiful song, "Hot Buttered Rum" and the Digital Tradition credited me for writing it. I sent many, many emails asking that it be changed over a period of several YEARS. They were always ignored. I was particularly concerned because Tommy was so ill in his last years. Finally, it was corrected. But it was too late to make much difference. Tommy had died.