American ballads and folk songs

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Dover, 1994 - Music - 625 pages
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Music and lyrics for over 200 songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad Man Ballad, Jesse JamesDown in the Valley, The Bear in the HillShortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and many more.

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Contents

Steel Laying Holler
10
Tie Tamping Chant
17
Mike
23
The Wreck on the C 0
31
The Wreck of the SixWheel Driver
39
SONGS FROM SOUTHERN CHAIN GANGS
55
CHAPTER FACE
68
NEGRO BAD
87
BREAKDOWNS AND PLAY PARTIES
265
SONGS OF CHILDHOOD
301
Love Little Willie
327
VAQUEROS OF THE SOUTHWEST
359
COWBOY SONGS
373
SONGS OF THE OVERLANDERS
419
The HardWorking Miner
437
THE SHANTYBOY
443

WHITE DESPERADOES
121
SONGS FROM THE MOUNTAINS
145
THE BLUES
189
Michie Preval
213
Aurore Pradere
220
Foller de Drinkin Goud
227
Hard to Be a Nigger
233
The Ballad of Davy Crockett
251
Old Dan Tucker
258
THE ERIE CANAL
453
THE GREAT LAKES
475
SAILORS AND SEA FIGHTS
481
CHAPTER PAGE
486
WARS AND SOLDIERS
519
WHITE SPIRITUALS
561
BIBLIOGRAPHY
614
INDEX
623
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About the author (1994)

Born in Austin, Texas, and educated at Harvard University, the University of Texas, and Columbia University, American folklorist Alan Lomax is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable folk-music scholars of the twentieth century. Lomax became interested in collecting and recording folk songs through the work of his father, John Avery Lomax, a curator at the Library of Congress and a pioneer in the field of folk music. After college, he toured prisons in the South, recording folk song performances for the Archive of American Song of the Library of Congress. During his travels, he met the great blues singer Huddie Ledbetter ("Leadbelly"). Lomax later became responsible for introducing radio audiences to a number of folk and blues artists, including Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives. Between 1951 and 1958, he traveled throughout Europe, recording hundreds of folk songs in England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain. His most important work is, perhaps, "The Folk Songs of North America" (1959). He also published a number of works with his father, including "American Ballads and Folk Songs" (1934) and "Folk Song: USA" (1946). In addition to his work with folk songs, Lomax was very interested in the historical and social origins of jazz, and he wrote a notable biography of the early jazzman Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton entitled "Mister Jelly Roll" (1950).