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Thread #58068   Message #2638977
Posted By: Dan Schatz
22-May-09 - 09:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Utah Phillips songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Utah Phillips songs
For years, none of Utah's friends believed that these people existed. Rosalie Sorrels told me that they used to say, "Right Bruce. 'Luigi del Puppo.' Sure." And she told me that whatever anybody else says, Utah wrote the song.

Which he did, more or less. But he built it on the original song that del Puppo and Chumlevich wrote while in a Nelson, BC jail. Joanna wanted to make sure we credited it correctly on the two CD set, because Utah only wrote the third verse and reworked the chorus. She told me it was collected at the Vancouver jail. Utah got hold of it, and sang it for a long time as originally written:

"I remember loving you
Yes and I've had quite a few...."

It wasn't quite right, so he changed the chorus and wrote the third verse, and it became known as his song. But he always gave credit to the original authors.

Tom Paxton does a WONDERFUL version of this song on the two CD set.