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Thread #48495   Message #731208
Posted By: GUEST
16-Jun-02 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lakes of Pontchartrain - Irish Words
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lakes of Ponchartrain - Irish Words
The Irish influence in Louisiana (and the music thereof) can be found at the River of Sound website here:

To understand why it is seriously plausible that the song was originally written by an Irish American, see this website with a pictorial history of the New Basin Canal, built to connect New Orleans to Lake Pontchartrain in the early 1830s by Irish immigrants, who settled in the area.

FWIW, I'm a Mississippi River folkie who first heard the song titled as "My Creole Girl".