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Thread #2554 Message #82634
Posted By: Philippa
29-May-99 - 10:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Son in Americay
Subject: My son in Americay /Amerikay
The DT doesn't note the author of the song, Alf MacLochlainn. He was a librarian in Dublin, then Galway - probably retired now. County Derry source singer Eddie Butcher recorded the song and didn't know where he got it from, so the folklorists were confounded when they learned its authorship. I think the story is that someone who got the song from Eddie sang it at a party and Alf was present and surprised to hear his song passing into the tradition.