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Thread #4257   Message #2371062
Posted By: GUEST,knowitall
20-Jun-08 - 06:16 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: RE: Origin: Shenandoah
Shenandoah is PROBABLY an early 19th century shanty song that has evolved lyrically through the past two centuries to fit the needs of the musician performing the piece. The intoduction of the word Missouri into the piece most likely stems from the western migration of early pioneers, most probably from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is inconcievable that such a popular old song would not have changed at all from its beginnings until now. It is impossible to portray an accurate history of such a piece without any verifiable written documentation