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Thread #24481   Message #2598699
Posted By: meself
27-Mar-09 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Derivation of 'Kisses Sweeter than Wine'
Subject: RE: Derivation of 'Kisses Sweeter than Wine'
Well, unless you know the actual air to which Sam Kennedy sang his song, I don't think you can say with certainty that Leadbelly did NOT get his air from SK.

I am familiar with the song mentioned above from the Helen Creighton collection, which is titled "Drimmin Down", or "Drimmindown", and which is clearly related lyrically to the Sam Kennedy song. And in the Creighton song, it is apparent that "Drimmin Down", however nonsensically, is the name of the cow.

It is a long stretch from the Creighton melody to KSTW - however, I do find it conceivable that that melody could be related, either through an intermediary, such as the Leadbelly song (which I have not heard), or through a variant, such as, perhaps, the Sam Kennedy melody.

I don't quite follow you on the connection, or lack thereof, between Drimmin Down and the slow air in O'Neill's - could you elaborate?. The song Sam Kennedy sang is clearly about a dead cow; see the post above with the introductory verse quoted.