RUSSEL BLAINE COOPER: A Great-Uncle of mine. I heard him talk once in 1957. The song sounds to me like the way he talked. He was among other things a teacher, a soldier in WWI, and he gave a demonstration of Springfield rifle sharp shooting for Teddy Roosevelt in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1917. And I'm sure he did much else of which I am unaware. Open D, with the third string tuned up to a fourth instead of a third.
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