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Thread #87534   Message #1635235
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
26-Dec-05 - 11:24 PM
Thread Name: Happy! – Dec 26 (Kwanzaa / St Stephen)
Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 26 (Kwanzaa / St Stephen)
Coons? 'Possum? The American "Billy Barlow" and allies depart from the English "Cutty Wren" in which only the the bird is sought.

The Barlow version in FSNA was collected by Lomax in Texas, but both animals have ranges which extend through New York and into Canada. I doubt the traditionality of the song in New York, however.

The Traditional Ballad Index separates the two songs under the names "Cutty Wren" and "Billy Barlow(I)". "The Wran," a relation of "Cutty Wren," was collected in New England by Flanders and Olney; was it also found in N. Y?.