Great story, Louie.....
I'd love to see the words as originally written by Curly. There are so many versions.
I sing it pretty much like the one in the DT, but Gene's version (above) has an authentic 'feel' (and Gene is VERY careful with his lyrics). Probably missing some verses, though.
Are what you have presumably Curly's 'original' lyrics? If so, I and probably lots of others would love to see them posted.