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Thread #51310   Message #4116117
Posted By: leeneia
11-Aug-21 - 01:26 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
Subject: RE: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
I disagree about lyrics. I don't want to use my time and my breath to further attitudes I think opprobrious. When the cowboy refers to the prostitute (probably an Indian teenager with little choice)as a greaser, I consider that opprobrious, and I won't sing it. I consider the third verse TMI, and I suspect Fraser wrote the verse about the peppers, etc to replace it.

I also don't sing words nobody knows because they interrupt the flow of the story. I might take time to explain ahead of time, or I might not have the chance. In this song, I think the image of the peppers drying in the sun is picturesque and worth keeping. The word viga, not so much.

Rex, the spring wasn't a re-write, it was original.