"A publication to cherish permanently." — The long island Times.
With this considerable number of actual ballads and songs, you could immerse your self within the wealthy culture and history of yank folks tune. detect the variety, spontaneity, free-flowing melody, and sheer invention of rankings of songs sung by means of cowboys and convicts, lumberjacks, hobos, miners, plantation slaves, mountaineers, infantrymen, and lots of others.
One of the impressive beneficial properties of this assortment is its authenticity. some of the songs have been recorded "on situation" via famous folklorist John A. Lomax and his much more recognized son, Alan, as they traveled round the usa. the consequences are firsthand models of track and lyrics for over 2 hundred railroad songs, chain-gang songs, mountain songs, Creole songs, cocaine and whisky songs, "reels," minstrel songs, songs of early life, and a number of others. between them are such accepted favorites as "John Henry," "Goin' Home," "Frankie and Albert," "Down within the Valley," "Little Brown Jug," "Alabama-Bound," "Shortenin' Bread," "Skip to My Lou," "Frog Went a-Courtin'," and a bunch of others. a good advent, notes on every one tune, a bibliography, and an index around out this huge and priceless collection.
Musician, musicologists, folklorists, singers — someone attracted to American people tune — will welcome this treasury of undying track accrued in a single convenient, low-cost volume.
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And that i used to be chilly and hungry, And had now not a chew to consume; I laid me all the way down to take a snooze And relaxation my weary toes. Then I walked as much as a sort leave out, And requested for a chew to devour, a bit piece of cornbread And a bit piece of meat. She threw her hands round me: “I love you as a chum, but when I gave you this to consume You’d bum ’round the following back. ” “Kind pass over, variety omit, Don’t check with me so tough, you're thinking that I’m a previous hobo, simply because i glance so difficult. ” She took me in her kitchen, She handled me great and type; She received me within the proposal Of bumming forever. And as I left the kitchen And went all the way down to town, I heard a double-header blow, And suggestion she used to be western certain. I walked down at the sidetrack And stopped on the railroad store; And heard an agent inform a guy The educate it's going to now not cease. My center started to flutter and that i started to sing, “Ten thousand miles clear of domestic, A-bummin’ a railroad teach. ” I pulled my cap down over my eyes And walked on down the tracks; Then I stuck a sleeping-car, and not did glance again. I acquired off at Danville, received struck on a Danville woman; You wager your existence she used to be out of sight, She wore these Danville curls. She wore her hat at the again of her head, Like high-tone humans do. And the very subsequent teach comes down this line, I’ll bid that woman adieu. THE smash at the C. & O. OR THE demise OF JACK HINTON* “The ballad and the proof agree as follows: (1) The F. F. V. , teach No. four, operating east at the C. & O. Railroad, was once wrecked close to Hinton (Virginia) by way of a landslide. (2) The ordinary engineer, George Alley, used to be killed. (3) The fireman stored his lifestyles through leaping from the engine. ”* alongside got here the F. F. V. , the quickest at the line, working o’er the C. & O. street, twenty mins in the back of the time; working into Sewell backyard, was once quartered at the line, A-waiting for strict orders and within the cab to journey. refrain: Many a guy has been murdered by means of the railroad, railroad, railroad, Many a guy has been murdered by way of the railroad, And laid in his lonesome grave. And whilst she blew for Hinton, her engineer was once there, George Alley was once his identify, with brilliant and wavery hair; His fireman, Jack Dixon, used to be status via his part, A-waiting for strict orders and within the cab to experience. George Alley’s mom got here to him with a basket on her arm, She passed him a letter, asserting: “Be cautious the way you run; And in case you run your engine correct, you’ll get there simply on time, for lots of a guy has misplaced his existence in attempting to make misplaced time. ” George Alley acknowledged: “Dear mom, your letter I’ll take heed. i do know my engine is o.k. and that i understand that she's going to pace; So o’er this street I suggest to run with velocity unknown to all, And while I blow for Clifton Forge, they’ll absolutely listen my name. ” George Alley stated to his fireman, “Jack, a bit additional steam; I intend to run outdated No. four the quickest ever visible; So o’er this street I suggest to fly like angel’s wings spread, And while I blow for the large Bend Tunnel, they’ll definitely pay attention my name. ” George Alley stated to his fireman, “Jack, a rock forward I see, and that i be aware of that demise is lurking there for to snatch either you and me; So from this cab, expensive Jack, you jump, your darling existence to avoid wasting, For i need you to be an engineer whereas I’m napping in my grave.