By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state number of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different country folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs gathered within the specific states, yet quite on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folks of that kingdom. the themes variety from the main historic occasions, equivalent to the Boston Tea get together, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions reminiscent of mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. the various songs may be well known, resembling Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less widespread, haven't been reprinted due to the fact that their unique book, 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 geared up through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by means of states inside of every one area. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a normal of 10 songs according to nation. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, by way of dialogue of the music in its ancient context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned the following, are a huge software for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern stories of the previous at a unique point from that of up to date newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God solid to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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For the land which we till Must have sons to defend her from valley and hill; NEW ENGLAND 29 Leave the harvest to rot on the fields where it grows, And the reaping of wheat for the reaping of foes. From far Michiscom’s wild valley, to where Poosoonsuck steals down from his wood-circled lair, From Shocticook River to Lutterlock town— Ho—all to the rescue! Vermonters, come down! 31 The original text of this song is a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892), born near Haverhill, Massachusetts, and one of America’s most popular poets in the early nineteenth century.
In the early 1830s, a larger mill was built modeled after the Lowell complex, with nearby accommodations for workers in both tenements and boarding houses. Soon, the city was served by the new Concord Railroad, which opened in 1842. By the following decade, the company was relying less on local labor than on imported skilled weavers from Scotland, Sweden, and Germany. The Brookfield Murder The Brookfield murder has come to light, By a young man rather short of sight; Joe Buzzell he hired and drove young Cook, To shoot the girl, so it seems to look.
We’ll range the wild woods over, and a lumbering will go; Refrain: And a lumbering we’ll go, so a lumbering will go, O! we’ll range the wild woods over, and a lumbering will go. When the white frost gilds the valley, the cold congeals the flood; When many men have naught to do to earn their families bread; When the swollen streams are frozen, and the hills are clad with snow, O! we’ll range the wild woods over, and a lumbering will go. Refrain. When you pass through the dense city, and pity all you meet, To hear their teeth chattering as they hurry down the street; In the red frost-proof flannel we’re incased from top to toe, O!
American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set by Norm Cohen