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Thread #97665 Message #1925776
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
03-Jan-07 - 02:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Country I'm Leaving Behind
Subject: RE: Origins: The Country I'm Leaving Behind
Adding a little to information already posted by Malcolm Douglas, The National Library of Scotland dates the Poets Box sheet as betweeen 1880-1900, in line with the date associated with the sheet music.
The "Green Shores of Fogo," from Newfoundland, is quite late, as noted by Malcolm Douglas, collected in 1952 from Mrs. John Fogarty, who "remembers the sailor who composed the lyric for his girlfriend."
In his note, Peacock said that he suspected that the 'Katie' in the song is Mrs. Fogarty.
Kenneth Peacock, 1965, "Songs of the Newfoundland Outports," vol. 2, page 522 with score.
I would guess that performers currently singing "Green Shores of Fogo" learned it from Peacock's book.