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Thread #122515   Message #2688082
Posted By: Mzee Simba
27-Jul-09 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Axe- fact or urban legend?
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Axe- fact or urban legend?
Hey, the axe as banjo bit was a joke! The song Pete sang with an axe, chopping wood, was "Didn't Ol' John" a wood-chopping work song. Sometimes he would start with hand-claps, and then, a little way in to the song, he would stop, and say, "Well, that's not quite the right sound..." Then he'd walk off stage, and come back with the log and axe, to laughter from the audience. Then he would finish the song right. He really knew how to wield an axe, too, having built his family log cabin by hand, chopping down the trees himself with an axe.