Crow Wing Drive
DESCRIPTION: "Says White Pine Tom to Arkansaw, 'There's one more drive I'd like to strike.' Says Arkansaw, 'What can it be?' "It's the Crow Wing River for the old Pine Tree." The loggers leave Bemidji for Brainerd, where they "make some noise."
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Rickaby)
KEYWORDS: logger travel train moniker
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Rickaby 24, "The Crow Wing Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS2, p. 465, "Crow Wing Drive" (1 text)
ST Rick099 (Partial)
NOTES: The relationship between this and the "Casey Jones"/"Joseph Mica (Mikel) (The Wreck of the Six-Wheel Driver) (Been on the Choly So Long)" [Laws I16] families will be obvious. Rickaby's informant said it was built out of those elements by White Pine Tom, the singer mentioned in the first line.
Whether White Pine Tom is the actual author or not, the piece clearly was composed by someone familiar with northern Minnesota. Given that the informant, Ed Springstad, was known as Arkansaw, it may have been a local joke.
I have this feeling that there may have been a few more verses than Rickaby printed. - RBW
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