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Thread #581 Message #3920974
Posted By: DianeV
29-Apr-18 - 03:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins:Deportees-seeking original Woody recording
Subject: RE: Differences in published versions of lyrics
I'm not here often, having completed my own quest for information and the book about the plane wreck having been published. But I do have some information regarding the original lyrics as written by Woody Guthrie. Tim Z. Hernandez' book, "All They Will Call You" has a copy of the original typed, signed lyrics as the inside covers.
Some specifics from Woody's signed version:
The first line is "My crops there all in an' my peaches all rottening".
"My" is typed as "muy" 10 times by my count, and "mye" once.
There are many misspellings, and many apostrophes replacing syllables.
The typed info at the end says "Woody Guthrie someywheres or the other February Thirde Nineteen & Fortey & Eighte".
Woody's signature is written down the right side in red ink, and "Los Gatos Plane Wreck" in black ink down the left side.
It would have been worth buying the book just to see this incredible document, but I didn't know about it until I received my copy. Tim was thrilled when I wrote to him immediately upon seeing it. Though I've been involved in his research almost since he began it, he didn't tell me about this wonderful surprise in advance.