Blue Mountain Lake (The Belle of Long Lake) [Laws C20]
DESCRIPTION: The singer recalls the "racket" on Blue Mountain Lake when Jim Lou and "lazy Jimmie Mitchell" fought. The song concludes with a joke about Nellie the camp cook, "the belle of Long Lake"
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Warner)
KEYWORDS: cook fight moniker
FOUND IN: US(MA,NE)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Laws C20, "Blue Mountain Lake (The Belle of Long Lake)"
Warner 59, "The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner-Eastern, pp. 30-31, "The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake" (1 text)
ThompsonNewYork, p. 267, "(no title)" (4 sundry stanzas, from this or something like it)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 174-178, "The Belle of Long Lake" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSUSA 49, "Blue Mountain Lake" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 44, "The Rackets Around Blue Mountain Lake" (1 text)
DT 605, BLUEMTN*
Pete Seeger, "Blue Mountain Lake" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07b)
cf. "Moosehead Lake" (floating verses)
cf. "Derry Down" (tune) and references there
NOTES [37 words]: This song shares at least three verses with "Moosehead Lake," as well as the "Derry Down" tune, but the remaining text (and the feeling) are just enough different that I -- very tentatively -- keep the songs separate. - RBW
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