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Posted By: Goose Gander
11-Mar-07 - 03:10 PM
Thread Name: Origins: If the Wind Had Only Blown the Other Way
Subject: Lyr Add: IF THE WIND HAD ONLY BLOWN THE OTHER WAY
IF THE WIND HAD ONLY BLOWN THE OTHER WAY

I've been a most distressed soul since I lost my heart's control
Flashing, dashing Alexander King
I was just about eighteen when twins appeared upon the scene
Just a year before I wore my wedding ring

If the wind had only blown the other way
I might have been a single girl today
Would not been rushing paregoric into twins who have the colic
If the wind had only blown the other way

He said I encourage him though his chance was very slim
I never knew he followed me
Do you how a women feels when someone's always at her heels?
I was just as scared as I could be

If the wind had only blown the other way, etc.

I met him one day in June on a windy afternoon
If I must be judged by my clothes
I had on a princess gown like a dream been handed down
What attracted him the most was my silk hose

If the wind had only blown the other way, etc.

Source:
Folksongs & Ballads, Vol. 4, Augusta Heritage Recordings (AHR010), 1992, cassette.

Transcribed from the singing of Jim Knicely . . .
"In 1912 I was in Richwood, and I went with father and his brother - Uncle Ward and Ashley - to a theater, and this old girl sang that on the stage there."

'If the Wind had Only Blown the Other Way' Sung by Grace Cameron. 204: Edison Amberol (1909)
From the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Sheet music by Edna Williams and Bessie Wynn; published by JOS W. STERN CO (1909).
Reprint: If the wind had only blown the other way. New York : Jerry Vogel Music, c1937

Song title is listed in Tent Shows Records 1902-1953 and undated, donated by Texas Tech theatre professor Clifford Ashby
An Inventory of the Records, 1902-1953 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Also sung by Maidie Scott, a Music Hall performer.