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Posted By: GUEST,Les B.
30-Jan-02 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins: History on Frankie and Johnny
Subject: RE: Help: History on Frankie and Johnny
Also, there is the version that Charlie Poole did, called "Leaving Home" which can be traced to a song dated 1912 at the Levy Sheet music site.

This version was later done by the Kingston Trio, who (in error?) attributed its authorship to Mike Seeger, and others associated with the New Lost City Ramblers, who learned it from Poole's recorded version, circa 1928.

"Leaving Home" refers to the fated lovers as "Frankie and Johnny," and has the ".44 gun under the silk kimono" references, but adds a wordy, driving chorus which makes the song more interesting.