You know, I'm a Service Technician in the real world and one of the things that drive my customers nuts is when their system won't fault for me the way it faulted for them...kinda like your tooth not hurting anymore by the time you get to the dentist! <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif" border=0 alt="Laughing">
All of which brings me to your post (and thanks for the feedback BTW).
I read your post and said to myself "Self" says I, "Isn't that the way you always do it anyway?" and just to be sure, I went to a public songbook, picked a likely candidate and followed my standard routine which is exactly what you outlined and, sure enough, this time I got the song saved to my songbook.
Darned if I know why it should work today for the first time ever, but heck, as I tell my customers, I don't argue with success.
As for the ethics of saving a song from someone else's book to my own after they had edited it, I honestly hadn't thought of this before as an issue, but I can see where some folks might find it an interesting moral dilema.
I figure that every song I find here represents *somebody's* initial effort to transcribe the song and it wouldn't even *be here* if they were'nt amenable to having folks copy it for their own use.
The majority of songs in my songbook have received some tweaking on my part to make them more closely match my ear and ability to play (or inability to play according to some <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif" border=0 alt="Laughing"> ) and I do the editing for my own benefit.
If someone likes my version and chooses to save it for themselves then I'm more than happy and even a little flattered to have them do so.
Hope this soothes any qualms you might have about saving songs from other songbooks and thanks again for the advice and feedback!