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Thread #55271 Message #858188
Posted By: Bob Bolton
03-Jan-03 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Oh, Had I a Golden Thread (Seeger)
Subject: RE: Origins: OH, HAD I A GOLDEN THREAD
G'day sed and Dave,
I seem to remember reading Pete's account of writing the song, on a request from the New York (Seamstresses' Gulid?). He reckons he wrote the song and handed it over before he realised that he had subconciously appropriated the tune of the old hymn.
I certainly believe that can happen - I've done similar things myself ... letting a tune form for exisitng words, then finding that the tune already exists - and must be buried somewhere in my subconcious.