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When Woody Guthrie was singing hillbilly songs on a little Los Angeles radio station in the late 1930s he used to mail out a small mimeographed songbook to listeners who wanted the words to his songs. On the bottom of one page appeared the following: This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of our'n, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do - Pete Seeger, on Woody, June 67

Author Topic: Oh Papa (mama don't care for you)  (Read 1175 times)

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Offline Annabel

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Oh Papa (mama don't care for you)
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:50:44 AM »
Hi all,

Does anyone know the origin of this song and/or which artists have performed it? It sounds like a simplified version of Elizabeth Cotten's "Mama Your Papa Loves You"/Honeybabe Your Papa Cares for You. I became aware of this version of the song in a Stefan Grossman video but he doesn't mention the origin of it.

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Annabel




Offline Annabel

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Re: Oh Papa (mama don't care for you)
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 09:43:15 AM »
I got the answer from Stefan himself:

"The tunes are related. I learnt my version from Patrick Kilroy in 1964. Elizabeth Cotten had stayed with him for several weeks and Pat picked up the tune from her. I've never heard a version done by Elizabeth."

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Oh Papa (mama don't care for you)
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 12:46:26 PM »
That looks like fun. Sounds like it too :)

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