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Thread #52945   Message #812555
Posted By: GUEST,Richie
27-Oct-02 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Subject: Origin Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
I was wondering about the origin of the Johnson Boys- one version seems to be about the civil war (origin 1964) and the other about "Johnson Boys don't know how to court a maid" (origin 1941). Ballad index origins. What is the earliest origin of Johnson Boys?
Is it PD?

I was also wondering if the Johnson Gals is the same song as Calico. What is the origins of Johnson Gals?

The songs don't seem to be related except by name? Was the Johnson Boys named after the (earlier?)Johnson Gals?

There are 2 versions of Johnson Boys and one of Johnson Gals in the DT. Any other versions or lyrics?