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Thread #16866   Message #224816
Posted By: Kim C
08-May-00 - 04:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Eighth of January
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eighth of January
It was always my understanding that the tune was written to commemorate Jackson's victory over the British, and was a popular dance tune for many years, as January 8 was actually celebrated as a holiday in many parts of the country. (I think we should revive that tradition, but that's another story.)

In regard to one of the other threads mentioned above, I thought it was Soldier's Joy that had been called The King's Head. (Whether the king's head was attached to his body at the time is anyone's guess.)