Background Info: Diamond Joe
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Diamond Joe (Background Info)
- Said to be written to by Tex Logan
- Tex Logan probably copyrighted much the way Dylan copyrights traditional songs.
The lyrics on Jack's and Bob's versions are identical, though Dylan's melody is
slightly different (gentler). The melody is very close to "State of Arkansas,"
and while the story is sort of similar, the lyrics are only
similar on the corn dodger meat I could not chaw verse. 
- The lyrics are probably an adaption of the humorous song "The State
Of Arkansas," the most widely known version of this being Lee
- Dylan's version is similar to that recorded by Cisco Houston.
(Also see part of liner notes for
Cisco Houston - The folkways years 1944-1961 that mentions
"Diamond Joe") 
- Jack Elliott also recorded "Diamond Joe" on his Vanguard album Jack
Elliott now available with a Town Hall Concert from 65 as The Essential
Jack Elliott (Vanguard). He credits it to no one. 
- Alan Lomax, in "Cowboy Songs And Other Frontier Ballads,"
states that the Texan Diamond Joe "wore big diamond buttons on his
 contributed by Peter Stone Brown
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