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Thread #2777   Message #3344450
Posted By: GUEST,Charles Macfarlane
28-Apr-12 - 11:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Goodbye Liza Jane
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodbye Liza Jane
> I also learned Matt's version in the seventies and I think that it was from John Pearse.

> That's the version that I learned from Derek Brimstone

Yes, I have the same words from Derek Brimstone, it's on the vinyl album "Shuffleboat River Farewell", Rubber Records RUB 017.

However, folksingers in those days were always ripping off each other's material. To realise this, you've only got to compare the discographies of The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, and The Corries - I'm not criticising any of these, they were all very good acts in different ways, and I have favourite versions of songs from all three, I'm just saying that's the way it was.

However, wrt to "Scarlet Town", Jon Betmead also recorded it on the vinyl album "A Vision Of Heaven", Plant Life PLR 004 (as well as "Trouble In Mind" which Derek Brimstone also covered), and Jon has these slightly different words, which he credits to Richard Farina, though it's clear from all the above that if the latter really did arrange the song in a particular way and copyrighted his version, he didn't write the original lyrics.

Scarlet Town is burning down
Goodbye, Goodbye,
Scarlet Town is burning down
Goodbye Lisa Jane.

Chorus:
Ain't yer feelin' sorry
Goodbye, Goodbye,
Ain't yer feelin' sorry
Goodbye Lisa Jane.

Lisa Jane I loved you
You loved me, my best friend too

Lisa Jane is dead and gone
But her memory lingers on