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American Folk Tales and Songs



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American Folk Tales and Songs
Songs with Muisc and Guitar Accompaniment
Compiled by Richard Chase
239 pages  

American folk tales, songs and other examples of the English-American tradition as preserved in the Appalachian mountains and elsewhere in the United States. The folklore reflects the hardships, humor and creative instinct of the people who have lived in the hills of Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky for centuries. Songs with music and guitar accompanimet; includes 40 tales, songs, ballads, hymns, children's songs, fiddle music, country games, riddles, love rhymes and jokes. Notes identify the informant or origin and give details concerning the author's editing "for popular use".


1. TALES: Ancient Tales (11), Five Jack Tales, The Fool Irishman Tales (6), Tall Tales (7)

Ballads: The Devil's Questions, The Cambric Shirt, The 2 Ravens, Lady Gay, Home Came the Old Man, The Merry Golden Tree, Nickety Nackety, Bold Robin Hood, Old Bangum and the Boar, The Little Mohee, The Rich Old Lady, Locks & Bolts

Songs: The Darby Ram, The Deaf Woman's Courtship, Lolly Too Dum, The Bashful Courtship, Clinch Mountain, The Miller's Will, The Gambling Suitor, Sourwood Mountain, Paddy O'Doyle, At the Foot of Yonder Mountain, Devilish Mary, The Riddle Song, Johnny's Gone to Hilo.

Hymns: The Garden Hymn, Wondrous Love, The Wayfaring Stranger, Jesus Walked in Galilee, Oh Lord How Long?, Over Yonders Ocean.

Songs to Sing Your Children: Fiddle-i-Fee, The Swapping Song, The Old Gray Goose Is Dead, Cock Robin.

Songs as Sung by Ora Canter: Johnny Jarmanie, The Wagoners' Lad, The Little Family, Will the Weaver, The Old Woman All Skin and Bones.

3. GAMES AND COUNTRY DANCES: Granny London Tells About Old Times, We're Marchin' 'Round the Levee, Skip to My Lou, The Tennessee Wagon Wheel, Molly Brooks.

4. FIDDLE TUNES:  I Love Somebody Yes I Do, Give the Fiddler a Dram, Old Salt River, Natchez on the Hill.

5. ODDS AND ENDS:  The Bedtime Prayer, A Field Trip, How to Plant Crops, Old Brindle, Love Verses, Deaths on Three-Mile Creek: 1841-1915, Jokes.





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