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Thread #48495 Message #731013
Posted By: Zorro
16-Jun-02 - 03:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lakes of Pontchartrain - Irish Words
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lakes of Ponchartrain - Irish Words
I have a video titled Irish Music in America narrated by Emmy Lou Harris.. On it there is a clip of a band called the Hot House Follies??? singing this song. It wasn't complete but seemed to be the same one posted by A,P, Ceolmhar above. She said the song traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Ireland and one version was popular during our civil war. She said it is also know as You're Welcome Here Kind Stranger. There are several songs with the same melody including Lilly of the West by Joan Baez and as someone mentioned, the one recorded by the Chieftains. I have no idea of the origin. But it's one of my favorites. It's not uncommon for folkies to take a really great melody and write their own words. Patriot's Game is another example. Bob Dylan's With God on Our Side has the same basic melody. Z.