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Thread #138276   Message #3165198
Posted By: Kent Davis
04-Jun-11 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: Patrick Gainer - WV Song Collector
Subject: RE: Patrick Gainer - WV Song Collector
Dr. Gainer was a great collector of Child ballads, but he collected other songs as well. One which would perhaps have otherwise been lost is "A Few More Months".

His informant, a Frank Kennedy of Gilmer County, WV, appears to be the sole source. I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere on the Internet. Here they are from Gainer's FOLK SONGS FROM THE WEST VIRGINIA HILLS (1975).

A FEW MORE MONTHS

A few more months, a few more years,
A few more pray'rs, a few more tears,
It won't be long, a few more years,
Will hush my song, my earthly song,
When they shall lay me in the valley.

A little pain, a little joy,
Just less or more, it matters not,
Some mingling yet with earth's alloy,
And then forgot, Oh, soon forgot,
When they shall lay me in the valley.

Here is Dr. Gainer singing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-JwOj0BH6k

In Dr. Gainer's book, when he refers to "'Uncle' Frank Kennedy", he uses quotation marks around the word "Uncle" indicating, I suppose, that Mr. Kennedy was not actually his uncle, but was commonly known by that title in the community.

I did find one independent mention of the song and of Frank Kennedy (but not of the words or the tune) in the eighth paragraph of this 1967 article, "Folksingers and the Re-creation of Folksong" http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/re-creation.htm

Does anyone have additional information about this?

Kent