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Thread #32073   Message #419766
Posted By: Sandy Paton
17-Mar-01 - 01:38 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
I collected a neat Adirondack version that is included on Lawrence Older's Folk-Legacy cassette of Adirondack songs and ballads. It's titled there as "Flim-a-lim-a-lee," from the refrain. Also, you should check the Max Hunter Ozark collection (see Mudcat links). Caroline and I learned a version from Max back in 1962, but his source singer is probably included on the Max Hunter Collection web site.

I'm pretty sure that Margaret MacArthur recorded a New England version ("Blow, blow, blow ye winds, blow") on one of her early records. Check Jane Keefer's Folksong Index. Printed sources are fine, but ballads, unlike children, should be heard and not seen. (That's a quote from Barry Tolkien.)