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Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina

Tradsinger 04 Apr 13 - 11:51 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 04 Apr 13 - 12:48 PM
Lighter 04 Apr 13 - 12:57 PM
Tradsinger 04 Apr 13 - 01:12 PM
Tradsinger 04 Apr 13 - 05:48 PM
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Subject: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Tradsinger
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 11:51 AM

I have just recorded a singer singing a song about "Sweet Carolina, the girl I adore". The first line is "It was out in Alberta where the snow's falling thick." The only trace I can find on the Internet is a fragmentary bawdy version, along my singer;s version was quite clean. Come on, you Americans(or Canadians), help me out on this one. What's the origin?

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 12:48 PM

I live in Alberta, and seem to vaguely recall the song.

Could you give a few lines to help my memory?


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Subject: RE: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Lighter
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 12:57 PM

A "quite clean" version of this song would be worth posting.

Dirty versions seem to have been ultimately inspired by the sentimental Victorian song, "Sweet Evelina" (1863), which begins, "'Way down in the meadow where the lily first blows,/ Where the wind from the mountain n'er ruffles the rose...."


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Subject: RE: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Tradsinger
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 01:12 PM

Here's verse 1 and the chorus:

It was out in Alberta where the snow's falling thick
Us cowboys all gathered and drink followed drink
It was there that I met her upon the dance floor
Sweet Carolina, the girl I adore.

She was Sweet Carolina
She was my Carolina
I fear there's only coffee and beer
For me and my lady love

Ring any bells?


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Subject: RE: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Tradsinger
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 05:48 PM

Thank you to Lighter for the information. "Sweet Evelina" does seem to be the origin of the song I heard, but after 150 years of oral transmission, it has changed quite a bit. I listened to a rendering of "Sweet Evelina" on YouTube and the tune is fairly similar to the version I got. So in the absence of any other information, we'll call that a result. I wonder what path it took from a cowboy song to rural Gloucestershire? We'll never know.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Anyone know this song? Sweet Carolina
From: Lighter
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 07:25 PM

My guess is that the clean version of "Carolina" is an oddly intentional rewrite of the bawdy song, rather than a direct descendant of "Evelina."


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