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Thread #10506 Message #2164609
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Oct-07 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: If I Had a Ribbon Bow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If I Had a Ribbon Bow
The only example I could find of this song in the Roud Index was "Ef I had a ribbon bow" in Niles, Seven Kentucky Mountain Songs (1929) pp.10-11. Anybody have this book? It's also in Songs of John Jacob Niles, bu not in his Ballad Book.
Many of the songs "collected" by John Jacob Niles turned out to be composed by Niles. So, is this a Niles composition? I have to say I like the songs Niles composed, even if they weren't authentic folk songs. I don't like his singing, though.