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Thread #25204   Message #574273
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
17-Oct-01 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Dixie
Subject: RE: Help: Dixie
The attempts to rewrite Dixie's Land started early, with the publisher and Emmett himself. According to Galbreath, the original 1st verse was rejected by the publisher on religious grounds. The published version shows rewrite by Emmett to take out the comments about Negroes. (Was his father still alive at the time, 1860?) Subsequent rewrites to make the song palatable occurred up to the time of the "folksingers" in the 1950-1960 period.
I am looking for the original of "Blue Tail Fly," which includes the line "To South Carolinar's sultry clime." which was in vol. 1 of the 12 vol. work on American song.