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Thread #16866   Message #159876
Posted By: Banjer
08-Jan-00 - 04:22 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Eighth of January
Subject: Eighth of January
Since today's date is also the name of the tune it seems appropriate to ask: Does anyone know if the original Eighth of January, the tune of which we know today as The Battle of New Orleans, had any words to it or was it just one of those old fiddle tunes? Why was it called The Eighth of January? Was there some significant historical event for which it was written or was that perhaps the first day it was ever played?