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Thread #51310 Message #4116171
Posted By: GUEST
11-Aug-21 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
Subject: RE: Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers)
First off, spring was not original, if the printed words say:
"Where a crick come tumbling down,"
You sing the song however you please, but I'd rather we would stretch out heads to use a few Spanish words for a song about a place inhabited by Spanish people long ago. So many people think Murca was settled by Anglos only, and Mexicans are usurpers crossing 'our' border. In reality the West was inhabited by Indians, Spaniards, and Mexicans long before we arrived on the scene. I don't want to clean up all our songs so they use only 'our' words.
I don't recall anyone recommending keeping 'greasers', it was apparently acceptable slang to Utah's generation for Mexican or other poor folk, but not to later ones, and Katie did not use it.
And I also don't see anything in the song about prostitutes, so where did that all come from? Somehow a Mexican girl must be a prostitute?