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Smith explains in this note: Farewell to Lane County, farewell to the West, I’ll travel back East to the girl I love best; I’ll stop in Missouri and get me a wife, And live on corn dodgers the rest of my life. With chapters like “Tarnished Love Tales or Colonial and Revolutionary Antiques,” “Bandit Biographies,” and “Picnic and Hayrack Follies, Close Harmony, and Darn Fool Ditties,” the reader interested in a people’s history of the United States will be delighted at every turn by this tour through turn-of-the-century popular verse and lyrics.

There were children heard a father or uncle, a mother or aunt, sing it hundreds of times.

They made new songs, they changed old songs, they carried songs from place to place, they resur- rected and kept alive dying and forgotten songs. There is heave of shoulders, deep breath control, the touch of hands on a familiar well-worn hammer handle. When Combs came down from the mountains in his sixteenth year, he was to see for the first time a railroad train, a telephone, typewriter, fountain pen, bath tub, barber chair, and other items of onrushing civilization.


Lively Laws – a – mas – soy, what have you done? It might be called a white man’s spiritual.

Johnstone, please let me alone. Carl Sandburg often mixed poetry and folk music in his public performances, and his career as a collector and performer of American songs and ballads garnered him almost as much acclaim as his writings in his day.

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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Top front corner bumped, owner name. Combs tells of men leaving for a year or two of ” ranching it ” on the western plains, and then straggling back saying of the flat prairies and level horizons, “It was too lonesome, too 1-o-n-e-s-o-m-e.

Black, a Chicago attorney-at-law, lived on the Ohio River as a boy and heard his father sing Ameeican.

And the girl that has loved you so true. Dennis Hanks, a cousin of Abraham Lincoln, when queried by W. If she says “Yes,” Come back and tell me, If amerjcan says “No,” we’ll run a – way.

And who will glove your hands? William Gropper is the contributor of four or five songnag pertinent to his style and modernist viewpoint. American folk-song as a whole has been imported from the Old World. His legs arc all crook – ed and wrong put on, They’re -h ,,-J.

The American Songbag

This is arranged from the ballad as sontbag by Arthur Sutherland and the buccaneers of the Eclectic Club of Wesleyan University. Why this is so, Mr. Luke Stancil of Pickens County, Georgia. In timber country farther east they sang The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane; its tune was familiar to the lonely “sodbuster” who made this song about his dwelling in a region where rivers are sometimes a half mile wide amerian a half inch deep.


Rickaby of Riverside, California, as she heard them when a girl in Galesburg, Illinois; the other two verses arc from Neeta Marquis of Los Angeles as learned by her mother in Kentucky in the late ‘s.

Songs from ‘The American Songbag’ by Carl Sandburg

Gordon and others find “Common Bill” sung almost exclusively by women. The book begins with a series of Dramas and Portraits, rich with the human diversity of the United States. These relics arc now preserved and built into the Watch Tower, designed by Mr. Studied engineering at Massachusetts Insti- tute of Technology.

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Some some titles include: His travels from coast to coast, his meanderings in a motor car through the southern states, always seeking old songs or characteristic and sig- nificant songs, brought about a collection that is without doubt the largest assemblage of folk- song material ever gathered by any one person.

They go to a soft, brave melody. Oh, the springtime has came And I’m just out of jail, Without any money, Without any bail. Often a song is a role. Not songbah peepul” of the politicians, nor the cus- tomers of Tin Pan Alley, but rather The Folks, the common human stream that has counted im- mensely in the history of music.

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