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Origins: Rings Like Silver and it Shines Like Gold

voyager 07 Feb 18 - 03:05 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 07 Feb 18 - 09:35 PM
voyager 08 Feb 18 - 09:10 AM
voyager 08 Feb 18 - 09:11 AM
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Subject: Origins: Rings Like Silver and it Shines Like Gol
From: voyager
Date: 07 Feb 18 - 03:05 PM

I bought a new guitar this week and when my son asked how did it play I answered - 'rings like silver and it shines like gold'. Now I know the phrase is attributed to John Henry / 9 Pound Hammer song origins but I wondered if the phrase has a life outside these traditional songs. I guess it's 'all about the hammer' (or getting hammered) so I thought I'd toss this out to Mudcat for comments.

voyager


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rings Like Silver and it Shines Like Gol
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 07 Feb 18 - 09:35 PM

On a much older thread,
Dick Greenhaus contributed a post.
He states there that
Merle Travis' "Nine Pound Hammer"
is itself a song
whose lyrics come from a number of earlier songs.

But Greenhaus did not spell out any more about those earlier songs.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rings Like Silver and it Shines Like Gol
From: voyager
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 09:10 AM

Two Mudcat Threads here - Origins of John Henry and 9 Pound Hammer.
Incidentally, Charlie Bowman (not Merle Travis) has the songwriting credits for 9 Pound Hammer. Still looking to tease out my subject line - 'Rings Like Silver and Shines Like Gold'

John Henry Origins (mudcat circa 2000)

9 Pound Hammer (Charlie Bowman) Origins - (mudcat 2004)

Roll on Buddy Origins (Alan Lomax LOC Recording) - Clay County, KY 1939

'and it rings like gold'
voyager


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rings Like Silver and it Shines Like Gol
From: voyager
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 09:11 AM

errata from previous post - 3 threads and 'it rings like silver'
wish we had an Edit function on the Mudcat.


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