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Thread #129488   Message #2909433
Posted By: GUEST,Hootenanny
18-May-10 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: Woody Guthrie song '...old oak tree...'?
Subject: RE: Woody Guthry song '...old oak tree...'?
It was some years back but I once watched a part (as much as I could bear before hitting the off button) of a tv programme on the making of the album. If my memory is correct one of the songs which Bragg wrote a tune for already had a satisfactory melody from when it was written before Woody's time. "I'll be with you when the roses bloom again". My guess is that like many of us Woody wrote down the words of song which he liked and might want to learn suggesting that not all of his written notes were his own compostions.

On this subject I could never understand why this project was given to someone from the eastern fringes of London with an accent to match
when he had nothing in common with Woody's cultural background. There were many people in the States that could have done a more sympathetic job I am sure.