The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4571   Message #653822
Posted By: Art Thieme
20-Feb-02 - 01:53 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Big Rock Candy Mountain(s)
Subject: RE: Big Rock Candy Mountain--Burle Ives' version
As I heard it, John Hartford didn't know the song at all but was asked / told to do the song for the movie. Half of his final product was improvised---including the tempo and melody---maybe the words too on occasion. He was just too ill to put much effort into it.

Art Thieme