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Thread #29673   Message #3418804
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
12-Oct-12 - 05:10 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Venezuela (John Jacob Niles)
Subject: RE: Origin: Venezuela (John Jacob Niles)
In support of Niles's claim is the fact that no earlier version of "Venezuela" has ever been found in any form.

Another one from the same book is "He-Hey, Why do We Pay?" It would take some very fast talking to persuade me that this was a "traditional" song.

I suspect that even with the help of co-editor Doug Moore, Niles couldn't fill up a whole book with genuine American soldier songs of WW1, particularly the printable kind. So he occasionally made up his own in what he took to be the proper spirit.

A few songs from the book are sung in the background of the 1932 movie "Ace of Aces," starring Richard Dix.