Date: Wed, 5 Oct 1994 13:50:59 -0400
From: Bob Lancaster SLANCASTER[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU
Subject: Aunt Rhody
Are any of you familiar with the variant line "Go tell Aunt Nancy" in the
"Old Gray Goose" song? If so, have you detected evidence that this variant
may be related to Anansi? If so, regionality is likely. Or other variants?
Song books have "Aunt Rhody.
I've sung this as Nancy as long as I can remember. My wife remebers it when
she was a child. We both grew up in Delaware, so the regional "Anansi"
looks pretty doubtful. Re the sonbooks, John and Alan Lomax "Folk Song USA"
Bo b Lancaster
SUNY - English emeritus
Hamilton, NY src6