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  1. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2011 report

    The song is in the form of a letter from a man on a cattledrive (probably 19th century) to a beloved Caroline. Things are getting tough; they've lost "a few head up in the pines." He won't be back for another year even if God is willing (There are no disasters) and the creek don't rise (preventing a crossing). He boasts about his beloved to his fellow cowboys and at times can even sense her presence so powerful is his love and yet: he speaks of a fever for wandering that perhaps won't break. It's a 250 year old American trope: male freedom vs. romance. With all the conditionals the letter-writer imposes on the lovers' reunion, we suspect he's deeply in love with the idea of her and with the frontier, with freedom, and the sweet anguish of missing someone.

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