“My Singing Bird” is a collection of 150 folk songs from the Anglo-American, African-American, English, Scottish and Irish Traditions selected by staff at The Kodaly Center of America. This is a follow-up to 150 American Folk Songs (item 804065, available separately). In contrast to Sail Away (item 814349, available separately), there are no Hispanic or other songs of many other ethnic groups. Songs include many ballads of a historical nature, work and play songs, cowboy and songs of the developing West, animal songs and some spirituals. About 1/5 of the songs have a game or a dance. Dances are for grades 4-6. Some songs are appropriate for high school. Melodies have metronome markings and tone sets. Three-note songs lead to pentatonic songs, which lead to diatonic melodies.
Introduction; Acknowledgements; Editorial Considerations; The Notation of the Songs; The Musical Organization of the Songs; Index of Syllables, Ranges, Meters, Games, and Rhythms; Alphabetical Index of Song Titles; The Songs; Notes to the Songs; Alphabetical Index of First Lines; Classified Index; Bibliography; Discography; Periodicals.
A - C: A Brisk Young Soldier, A Sailor, Across the Western Ocean, Alabama Gal, All Hid, All of God's Children, All Things Are Quite Silent, All Through the Night, Another Man Done Gone, As I Walked Out One Morning, As I Walked Through the Meadows, As Sylvie Was Walking, Ash Grove, Aunt Jemima's Plaster, Balooloo My Lammie, Barbara Allen, Betty Anne, Black is the Color, Blow the Candle Out, By Yon Bonnie Banks, Captain Kidd's Lament, Captain Wedderburn's Courtship, Charley, Charlotte Town, Chicka Hanka, Christ Child Lullaby, Christian Race, Cocky Robin, Coffee Grows On White Oak Trees, Cold Mountains, Come All Ye Fairand Tender Ladies, Cotton Eye Joe, Crawdad
D - G: The Daemon Lover, Days of '49, The Deaf Woman's Courtship, Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again, The Derby Run, Devilish Mary, The Diamond Ship, Dinah, Down By the Sally Gardens, Down in the Valley 2 by 2, Drill Ye Tarriers Drill, Edward, Ef I Had a Ribbon Bow, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, The FalseYoung Man, Far California, Farewell Dear Rosanna, Fee Fie Fo, Fiddle Dee Dee, Fire in the Mountain, Foreign Land, The Fox, Gin a Body Meet a Body, Go To Sleep, Going Across the Mountain, Going Upon the Mountain, Green Brooms, Greenland Whale Fishery, Grizzly Bear, The Gypsy Laddie
H - N: The Hamstead Boys, Haul Away Joe, Hold On, Hold Out Your Light, How Can I Keep From Singing, How Many Miles to London Town, Hushaby Darling, I Got a Letter This Morning, I Left My Darling Lying Here, I Senta Letter to My Love, I Will Give My Love an Apple, The Irish Girl, Jack Said to Jimmie, Julie, Just From the Kitchen, Kansas Boys, King's Land, Knock Jim Crow, The Little Black Bull, Lonesome Road, Long John, The Long-Legged Sailor, Lowland Low, The Maiden's Lament, Mama Lama, The Morning Dew, My Home's Across the Smokey Mountains, My Singing Bird, The New Mown Hay, The Nightingale, 900 Miles, Now is the Cool of the Day
O - S: Old Aunt Dinah, Old Grey Mare, Old Kingand His 3 Sons, Paddy Works on the Railroad, Paper of Pins, Phoebe in Her Petticoat, Po' Li'l Jesus, Pretty Sarah, Railroad Bill, Reap Boys Reap, The Rich Old Lady, Ride Charley Ride, Rio Grande, Rocks in the Mountains, Rocky Road, Roman Soldiers, Sailor Sailor on the Sea, The Saucy Sailor, Sea Lion, Seminole Duck Dance, Shenandoah, She's Like the Swallow, Sioux Lullaby, Skipping Rope Song, The Snow Lay Deep, Soldier Will You Marry Me, Soon I Will Be Done, The Squirrel, Step Back Baby, Sun Don't Set in the Morning, Sun Down Below, The Sunny South, The Swapping Song, Sweet William
T - Z: The Tailorand the Mouse, There Was a Lady in the East, Tom's Gone to Hilo, Trail to Mexico, The Tree in the Wood, The Wagoner's Lad, Wallabug, Way Down Yonder in the Brickyard, 'Way Out West in Kansas, What Makes the Wild Cat Wild, When I Was In My Prime, Whistle Daughter Whistle, The Whistling Gypsy, Whose Bag is My Gold Ring, Will Ye Go Lassie Go, Won't You Let the Birdie Out, The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies O,Ye Mar'ners All, The Young Girl Cut Down in Her Prime, The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn, Your Darlin' My Darlin'