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Jimmie Rodgers – Kisses Sweeter than Wine / Honeycomb

Lead Belly playing an accordion

“Kisses Sweeter than Wine” is a popular love song written by The Weavers in 1950. The song was a hit for Jimmie Rodgers in 1957 and Frankie Vaughan in 1958.

In his 1993 book Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Pete Seeger described the long genesis of this song. Apparently the folk musician Lead Belly heard Irish performer Sam Kennedy in Greenwich Village singing the traditional Irish song “Drimmin Down” aka “Drimmen Dow”, about a farmer and his dead cow.

Lead Belly adapted the tune for his own farmer/cow song “If it Wasn’t for Dicky“, which he first recorded in 1937. Lead Belly did not like the lack of rhythm, which had been a part of many free-flowing Irish songs, so he made the piece more rhythmic, playing the chorus with a twelve-string guitar.

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