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Thread #122229   Message #2678301
Posted By: Brian Peters
12-Jul-09 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: Wind and the Rain (NOT Two Sisters)
Subject: RE: Wind and the Rain (NOT Two Sisters)
I've never seen that version before - the sleeve notes are no help, presumably? I would suspect a recent rewrite here. It's not unknown for verses from one ballad to get mixed up with another by way of the oral process (though it's uncertain whether this kind of thing happened by accident or design), but this doesn't look like that somehow. 'Wind and Rain' versions of Child 10 are historically pretty rare, anyway - there's only one amongst the 97 variants in Bronson, to which can be added the one collected from Dan Tate in 1962 and another from Kilby Snow that the Grateful Dead covered. None of those had the opening verses as listed above.

A great pity Johnny isn't around to ask, of course.