The 20th century is almost over…by which I mean the 19th as well, if we don’t focus too hard.
To complete the hat trick before an expected moratorium on music history, I now present a third song off the Highwaymen’s debut album “Highwaymen”.This song specifically deals with history, as the title “The Twentieth Century is Almost Over” would indicate. Steve Goodman and John Prine wrote it; Goodman was best known for the legendary folk song “City of New Orleans”, brought to fame by Arlo Guthrie and then Willie Nelson. As has been the case with the other two songs reviewed, The Highwaymen simply changed lyrics and the tune as they saw fit. In this case, the omitted lyrics contribute only to the tune and not to the history, so those won’t be covered.This song is a light nostalgic look at the 20th century. This particular song is covered by Nelson and Johnny Cash.Since we’ve all been introduced to the group in previous analyses, let’s begin.Willie Nelson starts off:Back in 1899Everybody sang “Auld Lang Syne”A hundred years would take a long long time,For every little boy and girlNow there’s just one thing I would like to know,Where did the twentieth century go?I swear it was there just a minute ago, all over this worldAuld Lang Syne was originally penned in 1788 and became a standard song for New Year’s. Although I should point out that not everybody sang it in 1899, that’s getting excessively pedantic even by my standards.Nelson and Johnny Cash then cover the refrain:All over this worldAll over this worldThe twentieth century is almost overAll over this worldThen it’s Johnny Cash solo:Does anybody recall the Great Depression?I read all about it in the True ConfessionSorry I was late for the recording session,Somebody put me on holdDid anybody see them linoleum floors, petroleum jelly, and two world wars?They went ’round in revolving doors, all over this worldThe Great Depression began in 1929 and lasted for around a decade. “The True Confession” refers to a single issue of “True Confessions”, which began publication in 1922.”Recording session” starts to get a bit shaky. Although studio recording sessions really began to peak in the 1920s, the practice had been going on since at least 1890. It was extremely primitive and the quality was poor, but it was still a recording session. Several good photographs involving the setup of these early sessions can be seen here.Now, as a fan of early country and bluegrass, I’m at risk of rambling off on a tangent about the famous Bristol sessions. These sessions took place in 1927 and introduced the country to the last type of popular music that hadn’t taken off commercially yet (country, bluegrass, Appalachian folk music, and country gospel; all grouped into “hillbilly music”). Trust me, I’m restraining myself, especially since I have Jimmie Rodgers on in the background while typing this.”Wait!”, you may think. “This type of music WAS popular before Bristol! Vernon Dalhart had a huge hit with ‘Wreck of the Old 97’ and ‘The Prisoner’s Song’, which were recorded in 1924! And the Bristol sessions were a response to this, since it was obviously a case of Ralph Peer trying to replicate Dalhart’s success!” Well, maybe. Yes, Dalhart had two hits of staggering proportions, and it was recorded in 1924. And there’s no question that Peer set up shop in Bristol to find the next hugely successful act.But on the other hand, Dalhart’s two hits aren’t necessarily classified as this type of (all-encompassing “hillbilly”) music. “The Wreck of the Old ’97” involved an acoustic guitar, and “The Prisoner’s Song” only added a mournful viola to the acoustic guitar. Eck Robertson would add a fiddle. But to hear a banjo would require either being somewhere live or maybe catching a radio broadcast with Uncle Dave Macon. And none of this was really an option outside of the American South.Bristol changed that. Bristol was where the Carter Family first made their presence known, where Jimmie Rodgers introduced his distinctive yodeling, and where an audience well outside the South would get to hear the banjo, the mandolin, and unpolished vocals that took a backseat to brilliantly talented instrumentals. Perhaps no one summed up Bristol more than the Carter family. A.P. Carter was just 36, and brought along his wife Sara (29) and his brother’s wife Maybelle (a precocious 18). Peer had already secured a tentative commitment to bring the family to Bristol, but was shocked to see them. A.P. was dressed in ragged overalls, Maybelle and Sara in clothes that had been made at home. But once he heard Sara’s voice and Maybelle’s unique guitar playing, which was less strumming or picking and more scratching, he was sold. So, too, was America; the Carters would sell over a quarter of a million records within three years. That’s to say nothing of the ensuing Carter progeny, or the millions of people who would grow up and draw inspiration from what began at Bristol. (Who knew that Anna Kendrick would score a huge hit in 2012 with a remake of a Carter Family song that was first recorded 81 years prior?)Okay, where the hell was I? Oh right, needless pedantry.”Them linoleum floors”, on the other hand, is a case of nostalgia superseding reality. Linoleum was patented by a guy named Frederick Walton in 1860, and his company was known as Linoleum Manufacturing Company in 1864. And when the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company opened up a few years later, the company town was called Linoleumville. Yes, linoleum floors are associated with household kitchens on both ends of WWII, but they’d been around long before then.”Petroleum jelly” is obviously exactly what it sounds like. Robert Chesebrough was the one who took an unrefined black goop off of oil rigs to refine and discover what it could be used for. This was in the 1860s; Chesebrough patented the process of refining and producing petroleum jelly in 1872. And since his first factory was in Brooklyn, this wasn’t exactly a product that was unknown to the masses by the time the 20th century dawned.”Two World Wars” is obviously in the 20th century, but “revolving doors” are not. Theophilus Van Kannel was granted a patent in 1888 for inventing revolving doors, and he would receive Franklin Institute of Philadelphia’s John Scott Legacy Medal in 1889 for his contribution. Obviously both of these dates are in the 19th century.So all of those folks singing Auld Lang Syne in 1899 were already very familiar with linoleum floors, petroleum jelly, and revolving doors; chances are that they had also listened to music created in a recording session. They needed only to look around or to their own recent past, not ahead into the 20th century.That’s three cases of bad history in just six lines, three and a half if you include the “recording sessions”. And unfortunately, this means that the singer of these lines must be outed for putting his voice to bad history. And that means that Johnny Cash must join the ranks of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.tl;dr – Will Kris Kristofferson emerge as the only truthful member of The Highwaymen?
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