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Thread #34695   Message #469362
Posted By: Suffet
24-May-01 - 06:56 AM
Thread Name: Are folk lyrics ever 'wrong?'
Subject: RE: Are folk lyrics ever 'wrong?'
When I first heard Tim Hardin sing "The Lady Came from Baltimore" at the Night Owl Cafe in New York City in the 1960s, he sang, "She didn't know that I was poor, she never saw my place..." That's how Tim recorded it.

A couple of years later, Joan Baez covered the song on one of her own LPs and sang those lines as "She didn't know that I was poor, she never saw my face..." That struck me as all wrong. How could she not have seen his face? Did he wear a bag over his head when he courted her?

Cut to the chase. The next time I heard Tim Hardin, he was also singing "face" instead of "place." To me it was wrong. But hey, it's Tim's song, and if that's how he sang it, it had to be right!

--- Steve