By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state choice of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs accrued within the specific states, yet fairly on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folks of that country. the subjects variety from the key old occasions, akin to the Boston Tea get together, the assault on fortress Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally vital occasions reminiscent of mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. the various songs can be widely known, similar to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less universal, haven't been reprinted on the grounds that their unique book, yet should 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 via areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by means of states inside of every one quarter. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs offered, with a regular of 10 songs according to country. for every track, an entire textual content is reprented, via dialogue of the tune in its old context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, akin to these mentioned right here, are a major software for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the prior at a distinct point from that of latest newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am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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Refrain. When winter’s snows are melted, and the ice-bound streams are free, We’ll run our logs to market, then haste our friends to see; How kindly true hearts welcome us, our wives and children too, We will spend with these the summer, and once more a lumbering go. Refrain. And when upon the long-hid soil the white pines disappear, We will cut the other forest trees, and sow whereon we clear; Our grain shall wave o’er valleys rich, our herds bedot the hills, When our feet no more are hurried on to tend the driving mills; Then no more a lumbering go, so no more a lumbering go, When our feet no more are hurried on to tend the driving mills.
NEW ENGLAND 7 He was taken from the car, carried into a room, And in a short time this poor man met his doom. This happened at seven; he expired at noon. ” With a calm resignation he bade her good-bye. ’Twas twelve years or better he had worked on this track; He never was known once a duty to lack. 7 Henry K. ” On June 8, 1848, while he was riding the train headed for Oldtown, the train jumped the track near Stillwater, pinning him to the ground. 8 The ballad was well known after the accident occurred, but by the 1930s, when the editors of the New Green Mountain Songster (NGMS ) were collecting songs in New England, they found only three individuals who could recall any part of it.
The engine, baggage and mail cars crossed the bridge safely; the passenger cars ran off the abutment of the bridge and down a fifty-foot chasm. Just as the cars left the rails, someone gave the emergency stop signal. Engineer Charles H. Pierce set the brakes and looked out of the cab window in time to witness the disaster, and with his fireman was the first to go to the rescue of the victims. Conductor Smith Sturtevant was pinned under the burning wreckage: Pierce saved him from burning to death on the spot, but the conductor died later of his injuries.
American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set by Norm Cohen