By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the heritage, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs amassed within the specific states, yet quite on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folk of that nation. the themes diversity from the main old occasions, resembling the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions reminiscent of mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs should be well known, corresponding to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less generic, haven't been reprinted considering the fact that their unique e-book, yet should be studied due to what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is prepared by means of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside every one quarter. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a regular of 10 songs in keeping with country. for every track, a whole textual content is reprented, by means of dialogue of the music in its ancient context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, corresponding to these mentioned right here, are an immense device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reports of the prior at a special point from that of latest newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine,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 sturdy to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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In our valleys there is danger, and there’s danger in our hills! Oh, hear ye not the singing of the bugle wild and free? 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!
Then he hurried off to Portland, with his bundle in his hand, And sees Mount Joy, great joy for him, for this must be the land; Poh, man, you’re crazy! for doubt not in the least, You go a long chalk further e’er you find Down East. Then away through mud to Bangor, by which he soiled his drabs, And the first that greets his vision is a pyramid of slabs; 8 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS Why, this, says he is Egypt, here’s a pyramid, at least, And he thought that with a vengeance, he had found Down East. Goodness, gracious!
Moosilauk is not a real place name, but is a reasonable derivation (according to Barry and his coauthor, Fanny Hardy Eckstorm) from Maine Indian moos (moose) and aukee (place). The Stratton Mountain Tragedy Cold swept the mountain’s high, Dreary was the pathless wild; Amid the cheerless hours of night A mother wandered with her child; As through the drifts of snow she pressed, The babe was sleeping ’neath her breast. ” The lithographed illustration is by F. F. Oakley of Boston. Author’s collection.