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Thread #54707   Message #848582
Posted By: Richie
16-Dec-02 - 10:28 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Molly and Tenbrooks
Subject: RE: Origin and Lyr: Molly and Tenbrooks
Stewie, Thanks for your post of the Henry Thomas version. Not much similarity between Monroe's version and Thomas' version. The Thomas lyrics are a mixture of Liza Jane and other gambling songs:

"Learned me how to deal those cards, hold that jack and trey" (Run Millie Run).

"My daddy taught me to gamble, to hold that ole jack and trey" (Black Dog Blues).

My favorite line from Monroe's great version is: "Molly said to Ten-Brooks you're looking mighty squirrel"

Any other old versions or different versions; the Ian & Sylvia version is a ballad done in a minor key.