By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state number of folksongs describes the historical past, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs amassed within the specific states, yet quite on songs in regards to the existence and instances of the folks of that country. the subjects variety from the most important ancient occasions, comparable to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on fortress Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions comparable to mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs could be widely known, corresponding to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less commonly used, haven't been reprinted for the reason that their unique ebook, 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 equipped through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and via 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, via dialogue of the tune in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, comparable to these mentioned the following, are an incredible device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the earlier at a unique point from that of latest newspaper money owed and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i am going 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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The new site was named “Lowell” in honor of the recently deceased textile pioneer and was turning out cloth by 1823. By 1840, the same group of investors had established eight major mills in Lowell. Children lacking the skills to handle the complicated machinery and young men being needed for work on the family farm, Lowell’s mill owners conceived a novel plan to recruit young New England women, offering them better wages than they could obtain in other occupations open to them (such as seamstress, house maid, or schoolteacher).
Twas on July, the second day, Oh, when the sun had roll’d away; Then by a musket’s dismal sound, His body by some friends was found. His body did lay on the floor, And from it ran the purple gore; Three deadly groans he gave, ’tis true, Then bid this sinful world adieu. ’Tis said the young man he was poor, ’Tis true, he had no great in store; NEW ENGLAND 13 I think I hear that fame does say, What the other gains is by the way. Now her new will I shall not name, Although he said there’s none to blame; Oh, from my heart I wish them well, For none but God alone can tell.
The businessmen of Berlin then were making money fast, I thought that I too would invest before the boom had passed; A building leased on Mason Street and into business went, I kept a fruit and candy shop, likewise a restaurant. My business proved successful for I was beloved by all, I gained the favor of the great, the rich, the poor, and small; To my surprise, before a year had fully rolled around, In glittering gold I did possess more than a thousand pound. The coming year I wed with one, the fairest of the fair, Her eyes were of the heavenly blue and light brown was her hair; Her cheeks were like the dawn of morn, her form graceful and fair, Her smile as bright as morning light, her step as light as air.
American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set by Norm Cohen