Wednesday, December 12, 2012
When I was a little bitty baby my mama would rock me...where? It was down in Louisiana, but pretty far
A little bit later, I listened over and over to Harry Belafonte on a record my parents had. I think I may have been taken to hear him at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, but could be mistaken. The figment applied to classify his music was calypso.
There is a song on my parents' Belafonte album which, in my opinion, the Dead make country in this cover.
A recording of : the Belafonte interpretation, much as I remember it, is here.
Here is a link to the Grateful Dead (countrified) cover
I don't think they sing it better. The contrast of calypso to country is pretty clear, is it not?
Note: On the "Cotton Fields Back Home" lyrics: in fact, Texarkana is about 30 miles north of the Arkansas/Louisiana border (as the name suggests); there is no place in Louisiana "just about a mile from Texarkana." One can see that on the map provided by abandonedrails.com. Who knew?