The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167850   Message #4066167
Posted By: cnd
27-Jul-20 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Manly Wade Wellman
Subject: RE: Manly Wade Wellman
Some additions upon receiving Bethancourt's CD in the mail recently:

Bethancourt sang verses to Roving Gambler in a medley with Oh Ugly Bird, validating my comment that the text scanned to the tune well. He sings the lines to Oh Ugly Bird first, then the segments of Roving Gambler quoted in the book, and adds as a final stanza that goes "As through this world I ramble/As through this world I roam/It's nothing but the wanderlust that makes me leave my home," which the notes credit as a composition by Bethancourt.

Still having some trouble identifying the "Old Devlins" song. If anyone thinks they could be of help in identifiying it using the tune from the CD, please PM me.

Additional lyrics from Bethancourt's CD suggest to me further that my assumption that Hark Mountain was based on a derivative of Rye Whiskey. Bethancourt's version is slower than any version I've ever heard, but the tune is definitely right, in addition to the fact that he includes several of the common floating lyrics from the song in addition to Wellman's text. Bethancourt also melds part of Desrick on Yandro to this song, but with different lyrics. He sings "There's a desrick on Yandro hid down in the pines/Where a lady is waiting where the sun never shines." This addition is fitting since the story does reference Yandro.