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Thread #23445 Message #511323
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
20-Jul-01 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: RE: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Songs sometimes cross over from one side to the other without change. An example is Goober Peas (peanuts). It was a southern soldiers song in the American Civil War (The War between the States or The War of the Rebellion, depending on where you were raised). Rations were slim and the soldiers were often reduced to digging in the fields for peanuts and other crops. The northern soldiers sometimes didn't have it much better, and the song became popular on both sides. Nothing of events that could be twisted, but a good marching song. I don't know if the song had an author, but I will look for it. The Bonny Blue Flag (composed for a revue in sympathy with the South) is a pretty tune that was changed. I have lost the Northern version.