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Thread #123229   Message #2712162
Posted By: GUEST,Lord Moosejoy, Bart.
30-Aug-09 - 11:44 AM
Thread Name: Meaning: I'll dye my petticoat
Subject: Alan Lomax says
The Folksongs of North America, Song #20, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier. Alan Lomax writes: "The girl dies her petticoat red to show that she is engaged and loyal to her absent Johnny."
Lomax does not explain why petticoat dying = loyalty, so we must take it on faith.