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Bury Me 'Neath The Weeping Willow / Dying Cowboy by Martin & Roberts


Album Info

Release Date: 1932

Label: Conqueror

Both sides recorded 25 March 1932 in New York, NY.

Side A matrix no. 11574-2.
Side B matrix no. 11576-2.

Dying Cowboy - Also known as Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie. The ballad is an adaptation of a sea song called "The Sailor's Grave. No known writer.
Bury Me 'Neath The Weeping Willow - So who wrote this song? No way to know for sure (except we can be reasonably certain that Natalie Merchant didn't write it). Here's a link to an interesting discussion thread on Mudcat.org, in which Mother Maybelle Carter is quoted about the song. If the quote is accurate, the Carter Family had sung the song all their lives. She names the believed author as Bradley Kincaid, but it is more likely that Mr. Kincaid simply "collected" the song during his travels in the mountains, since a written version was in existence when he was only 14, and already in tradition. We do know that The Carter Family recorded the song at Bristol, Tennessee in 1927, as Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow Tree. It was the first song they ever recorded commercially.

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