By Norm Cohen

ISBN-10: 0313340471

ISBN-13: 9780313340475

This state-by-state selection 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 concentrate on songs gathered within the specific states, yet relatively on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folk of that nation. the subjects diversity from the most important ancient occasions, similar to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions corresponding to failures and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a number of the songs can be well known, resembling Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less wide-spread, haven't been reprinted considering the fact that their unique ebook, yet should be studied as a result of what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is equipped by way of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside of each one zone. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a typical of 10 songs consistent with country. for every music, an entire textual content is reprented, by means of dialogue of the tune in its ancient context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, corresponding to these mentioned right here, are an immense instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the previous at a special point from that of latest newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are historical past writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite kingdom, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.

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Full soon ye’ll know the ringing of the rifle from the tree! Chorus: For the rifle (clap, clap)— The rifle (clap, clap) In our hands will prove no trifle! Ye ride a goodly steed; ye may know another master. Ye forward come with speed, but ye’ll learn to back much faster, When ye meet our mountain boys and their leader, Johnny Stark, Lads who make but little noise, lads who always hit the mark! Chorus. Had ye no graves at home across the briny water, That hither ye must come like bullocks to the slaughter?

I soon began a wild career caused by the thirst for gold, My property on Mason Street for a goodly sum I sold; I bought a building on Main Street, which cost a handsome sum, I ran a free-and-easy house and went to selling rum. My fair young wife would often beg me my steps to retrace, She told me that the path I trod led to death and disgrace; Had I but heeded her warning, I wouldn’t be here now, And she might still be living with no brand upon her brow. I soon began to associate with men of low degree, And my business kept me constantly in their base company; I quickly went from bad to worse, did many a deed of crime That never will be brought to light in future years of time.

A “down-easter” is either a person or a vessel from that region. The term has been used at least since the 1820s. “Away Down East” was a favorite song of the Hutchinson Family, a singing troupe that concertized through New England and the eastern states in the 1840s and 1850s, often supporting such social causes as temperance and abolition. “The pyramid of slabs” refers to the piles of waste boards near the sawmills, which, with the advent of steam, replaced water as power for the vast lumber operations.

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