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Thread #81820   Message #2964816
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
13-Aug-10 - 10:05 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
This book review, from Feb. 1903, of Lubbock's ROUND THE HORN,,. (1903) purports that in it Lubbock mentions the "old favourite" chanty, "Roll, Alabama, roll."

http://books.google.com/books?id=X2tIAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA206&dq=%22roll,+alabama%22&hl

However, I am unable to locate it in Lubbock's book itself! (?)

In any case, FWIW the date of 1903 trumps The Traditional Ballad Index's "Earliest Date."