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Thread #14233   Message #1918936
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
25-Dec-06 - 09:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
I goofed in posting the words to John D. Lee, above. I didn't put in the title, and I didn't make some comments I'd intended to.

Phillips has slightly adapted the tune of a song from Civil War times, called "Hiram Herbert", about a man mistakenly accused of murder by the Confederates, and hanged.

"John D. Lee" is based on a famous historical incident of the Old West, but not too closely. Phillips admits it's not quite historically accurate, but it's still a powerful song.

Dave Oesterreich