American Folk Songs 2 volumes : A Regional Encyclopedia by Norman Cohen

By Norman Cohen

This state-by-state number of folksongs describes the heritage, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different kingdom folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs accrued within the specific states, yet particularly on songs about the existence and instances of the folk of that nation. the themes variety from the main ancient occasions, equivalent to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions equivalent to failures and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. many of the songs could be well known, corresponding to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less common, haven't been reprinted considering their unique book, yet need to be studied due to what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is geared up by means of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and via states inside of each one zone. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs offered, with a normal of 10 songs in line with kingdom. for every tune, a whole textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the track in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, resembling these mentioned right here, are a major instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the previous at a distinct point from that of up to date newspaper money owed and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are historical past writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite kingdom, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God reliable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.

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I harnessed up my horses, my business to pursue, And I went to hauling cordwood as I always used to do. The taverns being opened and the whisky running free, As soon as one glass was empty another was filled for me. Instead of hauling eight loads I didn’t haul but four, For I got so very drunk that I couldn’t haul no more. It was there I met my old companion—her name I will not tell. She told me that night where the dance was to be held. ’Twas hard to be persuaded, but with her I did agree For to meet her there that night where the fiddler was to be.

Like our sires before us, We will swell the chorus, Till the heavens o’er us, Shall rebound the loud hurrah. Hurrah! hurrah! 15 Born and reared in Milford, New Hampshire, three brothers—Judson Hutchinson, tenor (1817–1859); John, a baritone who could sing falsetto (1821–1908); Asa, bass (1823– 1884)—and their youngest sister, Abby, contralto (1829–1892), formed a quartet and began concertizing in New England in 1841. Initially, their repertoire centered around conventional melodramatic songs, but the Hutchinsons’ contacts with Frederick Douglass and with the Washingtonian movement of reformed alcoholics led a fourth brother, Jesse, to invent original lyrics with abolitionist and temperance themes to familiar hymns and folk songs.

To her he went and thus he cried, Dear Sally, will you be my bride? For sure our vows must end the strife Or cut the brittle thread of life. No answer from her could he gain To ease him from his bitter pain; He said you’ve pierc’d my tender heart, Alas, this world and I must part! Now when her parents this did hear, They said we fear his death draws near With scornfulness the damsel spoke— I soon will send him to a rope. ’Twas on July, the second day, Oh, when the sun had roll’d away; Then by a musket’s dismal sound, His body by some friends was found.

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