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The Washington Squares - Fourth Day of July

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Published on Mar 23, 2008

Lauren Agnelli, Tom Goodkind, and Bruce Paskow in the 2nd video from their 2nd album Fair and Square. The setting is downtown NYC (the CB1 area where Tom is a member). Tom performs lead on his singature model electric Deering Crossfire longneck banjo, which was also played by Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio on his Up and In album.
The song is a traditional folk song with new lyrics by the Squares. It originates from the anonymous c. 1250 British song "The Cuckoo Song" about the bird most commonly associated with jealously and cuckoldry. When the United States rebelled against England, rebelious Americans replaced the words to many of these well known British songs. One of them became our national anthem.
Writing new lyrics to traditional songs, handed down from generation to generation defines folk music, and the Washington Squares, from Greenwich Village thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this tradition.

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