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Question by angel
Submitted on 11/6/2003
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Does anyone know if Susannah's Song was actually a real song and/or if it's ever been recorded? From the first time I heard it I loved it and would love to here a full version of it if there is one.

Answer by Mikee
Submitted on 12/11/2003
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The song of Susannah is probably the poem written on the fence in front of the vacant lot. So it is not a real song.


Answer by BangoSkank
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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Yeah the poem on the fence on the vacant lot is partly what the song of susaannah is.   It is also "Maid of Constant sorrow."  And the memories of that night before gettin arrested, and of her mother as she was a young girl.  The whole novel is Susannah's song.


Answer by Kelly
Submitted on 8/20/2004
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Maid of Constant Sorrow is a song.  It is a traditional folk song.  King said in the book it was recorded by Joan Baez, but the only version I could find was record by Judy Collins on a 60's album of the same name.  Bob Dylan did a cover called "Man of Constant Sorrow" on his 1st album, and this song was recently done by the Soggy Mountain Boys on the movie soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou" with a bluegrass twist.  I was curious if Joan Baez ever actually did a cover of this song, if it is a mistake by King and he was thinking of the Judy Collins cover, or its another example of differences in alternate worlds.


Answer by Blog
Submitted on 2/7/2005
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Hate to tell you Mikee but it is a real song which I know fairly well off by heart. And it has been recorded by Bob Dylan as well as on a soundtrack album of "O Brother Where Art Thou" but was penned much earlier than that...there's also different versions as well but the tune and the sentiment remain the same. Check it out if you don't believe it...


Answer by Lawrence
Submitted on 12/17/2005
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The song appears to have been written for the Up In Smoke episode of 'Mad About You'. I can't find any credits for a writer let alone an original artist. It's not on the Mad About You compilation soundtrack either.

By the way, the two previous answers are on about a completely different topic from a book!


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