What’s your desire?

In 1963, Tim Rose, one-third of the folk group The Big 3, came up with a radical rearrangement of an old Stephen Foster chestnut, which went like this:

Which is, after all, the folk process in action: adapt and reuse.

A mere six years later, though, it turned into this:

If nothing else, this proves that nobody operates in a vacuum, especially songwriters.


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    8 September 2013 · 1:18 pm

    I’ll be durned.

  2. McGehee »

    8 September 2013 · 7:49 pm

    So now I will be unable to rest until I can “hear” the lyrics to Venus in the original “banjo song.”

  3. Jeffro »

    8 September 2013 · 9:54 pm

    Thank you for that.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    9 September 2013 · 11:43 pm

    Hey! That’s Mama Cass!

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