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Thread #56663   Message #888125
Posted By: GUEST,Q
11-Feb-03 - 08:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Bonny Moon
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Bonny Moon
I have looked at the versions in Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 4, pp.319-320 (# 800). The two versions are very close to the one posted by Malcolm Douglas from Gale Huntington, especially B, from Miss Grace Hahn, Fayetteville, Arkansas. She called it "Roll On, Silver Moon."
One probable correction to Huntington's text- Verse 2, line 1, should be: LIKE a hart on the mountain, my lover was brave.

Version A, Verse 2, line 1, changes to "Like the heart of a maiden, my lover was brave." We do not have the red deer and "hart' would not be known to many. The other noticeable difference in in verse 3, where line 4 is "In the soft silvery lighted bonnie moon."

The same sheet music applies to both versions.