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Thread #18820   Message #188927
Posted By: Sandy Paton
03-Mar-00 - 04:13 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Rough and tough and hard to bluff
Subject: RE: Rough and tough and hard to bluff
Well, Joe, I can't really help you concerning the "John Jacob Schmidt" recitations, but Grant Rogers, "Songmaker of the Catskills," included the "I'm rough, I'm tough, and I'm hard to bluff" phrase in a song he made up titled "Bulls-Eye Bill." It's on his Folk-Legacy album, now available only as a custom cassette: C-27. You've heard Grant singing "Granny's Old Arm Chair" on the new Ballads and Songs of Tradition CD. Pretty good for an old construction and quarry-worker, eh?

Sandy