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Thread #51310 Message #4116108
Posted By: pattyClink
10-Aug-21 - 09:45 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
Subject: RE: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
Joe, up above, Rex unearthed a good printed version closest to Rogers, regardless of what Katie or Utah did later, see the post above dated thusly:
From: Rex - PM
Date: 05 Aug 21 - 04:42 PM
The earliest published form of this song is in A Golden Songster, University Club, 1953. If it wasn't printed by his efforts, it was by his consent as he was a member. Note that it is simply titled, Dolores.
And yes, I think especially when you have a fairly bona fide text like this, from a pretty erudite author, you need an awfully strong reason to meddle with it. I will agree with Leeniea about dropping the 'greaser' as most singers have been doing.
As far as topography: Mesas are often convex outward and may not feature canyons. As far as the creek tumbling down, there are indeed waterfalls in the arid and canyon country parts of Utah I visited. There is even some fellow who has made a life's vocation of tracking down the hundreds of waterfalls in New Mexico. Many of them are 'ephemeral', as so are many of the creeks ephemeral, coming to life only after a big rain. A spring might be more likely, but I don't know if it's worth a rewrite. What do you call a spring if it feeds a little creek at the base of the drop, seems like it graduates to creek status.