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Thread #66440   Message #4167041
Posted By: Lighter
06-Mar-23 - 12:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: 'Judas' (Child 23?) by John Jacob Niles
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Judas' (Child 23?) by John Jacob Niles
Hi, Bob. I started this thread long ago to help flesh out the discussion on this one:


The comments by Niles's biographer, Ron Pen, are enlightening.

It's no surprise that some of the soldier songs that Niles published in "Songs My Mother Never Taught Me" are also outright impostures, notably "Venezuela."

He often acted as though he thought of *himself* as the voice of the people as well as the dean of ballad collectors.