Shenandoah, Part 2

by elmergantry

With reference to Paul Clayton, I have recently noticed that Bob Dylan’s version of ‘Shenandoah’ could possibly be taken as an oblique tribute to him.

For example, it includes a line that seems to appear only in Clayton’s version of the song, which appears on his album of sea shanties, Whaling and Sailing Songs from the Days of Moby Dick:

Well, a white man loved an Indian maiden

Added to this, it also an interpolated lyric from another song, ‘Sally Brown’, which appears on the same Clayton album:

For seven long years, I courted Sally
Look away, you rollin’ river
Seven more years, I longed to have her

For seven long years I courted Sally
Look away, you rollin’ river
Seven more years I longed to have her

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