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Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources

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ANCHORED IN LOVE
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
ARE YOU TIRED OF ME MY DARLING
BLUE EYES
BUDDIES IN THE SADDLE
CHEWING GUM
DEAR COMPANION
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
GEORGIE ON THE IRT (parody on Engine 143)
GOD GAVE NOAH THE RAINBOW SIGN
GOLD WATCH AND CHAIN
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
I CAN'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
JUST A FEW MORE DAYS
LULU WALLS
RAILROADING ON THE GREAT DIVIDE
SAILOR ON THE DEEP BLUE SEA
SINGLE GIRL
THE CUBAN SOLDIER
THE LITTLE GYPSY GIRL
THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN
THE WRECK ON THE C & O
WAVES ON THE SEA
YOU ARE MY FLOWER


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Subject: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:18 AM

Hi,

This thread will be a summary of the origins and sources of the 292 original Carter Family songs recorded from 1927 until 1941.

The songs will be listed in alphabetical order first then in the order they were recorded. An asterisk before the title indicates that either a member of the Carter Family wrote the song, another musician wrote the song after 1923 or we don't know the source of the song yet. An asterisk also indicates that the Carters, Peer Int or whoever the copyright is assigned, has a valid copyright on the song.


The idea of this thread is to give a brief summary of the origin. This will help musicians, record companies and publishers determine whether that can freely use the songs. Remember that the Carter Family arrangements are also copyrighted and unless the Carters used other musicians arrangements (which they did in some cases) using their exact arrangement could be considered a copyright infringement.

About 90% of the Carters songs are based on other songs. Many of the Carters arrangements and lyrics based on other songs are freely used today. The Wildwood Flower, Circle Be Unbroken, and Worried Man Blues just a few that are considered PD or traditional.

The date for free use in regard to published sheet music and lyrics is 1923. Anything before 1923 is free to use. Any song may be recorded but a mechanical licensing fee is owed the copyright holder on songs after 1923 that have a valid copyright.


Here is how the short alphabetical summary is organized:

TITLE--DATE OF (or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES--REFERENCES AND INFO--DATE RECORDED

Here is how the summary by recording date is organized:

RECORDING DATE & PLACE--TITLE--DATE OF (or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES--REFERENCES AND INFO

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:18 AM

TITLE--DATE OF(or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES --REFERENCES AND INFO--DATE RECORDED BY CARTERS

Original Carter Family Song Sources Alphabetical by Title A-L:

Amber Tresses: 1874- "Amber Tresses Tied in Blue," Words Samuel M. Mitchell, Music H. P. Danks; Carters-1932

Anchored in Love: 1911- "Anchored in Love Divine" James Rowe & James Vaughan; Carters-1928

*Answer to Weeping Willow: 1936- A rewrite by the Carters of "Bury Me Beneath The Willow" Carters-1936

*Are You Lonesome Tonight?: 1926- Lyrics Roy Turk, music Lou Hindman. Carters-1936

Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?: 1877- Song by Cook and Roland; Carters-1934

*Away Out on Saint Sabbath: 1872 Chorus, Verses unknown date- A rewrite of an unknown song based on "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" from a ballet (lyrics) set to music in 1934 by Sara. Carter Family- 1934.

*Bear Creek Blues: 1940- traditional blues verses (1920-1940) from Blind Lemon Jefferson and others from Leslie Riddle arranged by Carters. The Carters added Bear Creek to the verses. Carters-1940

Beautiful Home: 1898- Song by J. Howard Entwisle and Johnson Oatman; Carters-1940

*Beautiful Isle O'er the Sea: Collected 1919 as traditional song “Beautiful Light O’er The Sea” probably based on an earlier song, maybe George Copper's song "Beautiful Isle of the Sea." Recorded by Carters in 1940.

Behind Those Stone Walls: Early 1900s- traditional folk song titled “Saint Louis, Bright City” Laws E35d and also known as "Behind the Great Wall" arranged by Carters from an unknown source. Carters-1935

*Birds Were Singing of You: Unknown date; based on an unknown song by A.P. Carter. Carters-1930

Black Jack David: 1740 (Ramsay) Child 200 "Gypsy Davy"- traditional English folk song; arrangement taken from Cliff Carlisle’s 1939 version which was based on David Myrick's earlier version. Carters-1940

*Blackie's Gunman: Unknown Date; Rewrite of an unknown song. Referenced to Wilgus. Carters-1940

Bonnie Blue Eyes: 1800s- Traditional arranged by Carters. “Goodbye, Little Bonnie, Blue Eyes” was first reported "written" in 1907 by Louise Rand Bascom in the 1909 JOAFL. She also states that it was "ten years older at least." Carters-1936

Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy: 1800s- Collected by Louise Pound in 1922; Traditional folk song; Arranged by Carters-1929

Bring Back My Boy: 1800s- same song as "Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy;" Carters-1938 Decca

Broken Down Tramp: 1870s- Words and Music by Thomas Herrington related to "Broken Down Sport." Carters-1937

*Broken Hearted Lover: 1800s- Arrangement of an unknown traditional song; Carters-1932 and 1935

*Buddies in the Saddle: 1940- Original song or based on an unknown song, attributed to Maybelle Carter; Carters-1940

Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow: 1909 Belden- traditional folk song. First song recorded by Carters-1927

*By the Touch of Her Hand: 1935- Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter; Carters-1935

Can the Circle Be Unbroken: The chorus is 1907 by Words: Ada Habershon, Music: Charles Gabriel as "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Verses unknown may be from earlier Welling-McGhee recording. Carters-1935

Can't Feel at Home: 1919- Traditional folk hymn and spiritual. Carters-1931

Cannonball (Blues): Early 1900s- Traditional song learned from Leslie Riddle based on earlier song. Carters-1930 and 1935

Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas: 1931 skit Carters with Jimmie Rodgers-1931

*Carter's Blues: 1800s- Rewrite of the traditional folk song "As I Walked Out One Morning Fair" and is related to "Love Has Brought Me to Despair." The title would need to be changed to avoid copyright issues. Carters-1929

Charlie and Nellie: Early 1900s- Traditional folk song based on earlier recordings "Nellie Dare and Charlie Brooks" Carters-1938

Chewing Gum: 1800s- songbook entitled "A Collection of Favorite Songs as Sung by Ben Maginley. Traditional song arranged by Carters-1928

Church in the Wildwood: 1857 William P. Pitts; rewrite 1911 James Rowe; based on gospel song "Little Brown Church in the Vale" Carters-1932

*Coal Miner's Blues: Early 1900s- arranged and collected by Leslie Riddle/A.P. Carter; traditional lyrics from VA coal camp. Carters-1938

Cowboy Jack: 1893- Western rewrite of "Your Mother Prays for You Jack" by F. M. Eliot. Lyrics not by Carters. Carters-1934

Cowboy's Wild Song to His Herd: 1912- Based on a poem in Rhymes from the Rangeland. Wesley Beggs is considered to be the original author of the text of this song. Carters-1934

*Cuban Soldier: Late 1800s early 1900s- based on an unknown song or lyrics. Sara said they got the "poetry" and either she or Maybelle put music to it. Carters-1938

*Cyclone of Rye Cove: May 2, 1929, an unusually violent storm struck the little community of Rye Cove, located in the mountains of Scott County. Song was written by A.P. Carter and recorded in 1929.

Dark and Stormy Weather: Early 1900s- based on the traditional song "I Don't Know Why I Love Her/Him." Recorded by Carters-1941

Dark Haired True Lover: 1918 text is in Robert Gordon Collection #1536; Traditional Folk song; Arr. Carters-1937

Darling Daisies: 1882- "Down by the Garden Wall" by Max Vernor. Carters-1934

Darling Little Joe: 1866- Song by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe." Carters-1934 Also recorded as "Little Joe" in 1938.

*Darling Nellie Across the Sea: 1800s- Based on an unknown song. Per Charles Wolfe, Sara wrote much of the song herself (implying an antecedent). Carters-1930

Diamonds in the Rough:1897- C.W. Byron (words) and L.L. Pickett (music). Carters-1929 and 1936

Distant Land to Roam: 1902- L.M. Bandy's song "Leaving Home" Carters-1929

Don't Forget Me Little Darling: 1874- C.W. Vance (Words) and R. S. Crandall (Music). Carters-1935 for ARC

Don't Forget This Song: 1910- Traditional based on "Bad Companions" or "Young Companions" Carters-1935

Dying Mother: 1881 Nona Lawson- words and C. M. Tate; Carters-1940

*Dying Soldier: 1800s- based on an unknown song; the title may be used. Carters-1930

East Virginia Blues: 1800s- Traditional Arranged by Carters 1934

East Virginia Blues No. 2: 1800s- Traditional arranged by Carters 1935

Engine 143: 1915 by Cox- traditional ballad also called the "Wreck on the C & O" based on the Oct 23, 1890 death of engineer George Alley when the FFV train on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad was wrecked by a landslide near Hinton, West Virginia. Carters-1929

*Evening Bells Are Ringing: 1934 based on an unknown song by A.P Carter; Carters 1934

Faded Coat of Blue: 1865- Civil War song by J.H. McNaughton; Carters- 1934

Faded Flowers: 1851- song by James Powers and JH Brown; Carter Family- 1933

*Fate of Dewey Lee: 1935- Song about the January 31, 1931 murder of Dewey Lee; based on a poem sent to A.P. Carter; Carters-1935

*Farewell Nellie: 1800s-reworking of traditional material by Sara Carter; Carters-1937

Fifty Miles of Elbow Room: No Date known; written by Herbert Buffum 1879-1939. Sara said it was a hymn she heard in California, at Charlie and Mary Bayes's Adventist church. Carters-1941

Foggy Mountain Top: Early 1900s- Traditional, based on earlier folk song. Collected in 1916 by Cecil Sharp. Carters-1929

Fond Affection: 1800s (1911 Combs)- traditional arranged by Carters; Carters-1929

Forsaken Love: 1800s- traditional arranged by Carters 1928

Funny When You Feel That Way: 1873- "It's Funny when you Feel that Way" by George Harris. Per Wolfe, versions credit G.W. Hunt. Carters-1937

Gathering Flowers from the Hillside: 1800s, collected Belden 1909- Traditional song; arranged by The Carter Family. Carters-1935

Girl on the Greenbrier Shore: 1910- Traditional song collected Combs; Arranged by The Carter Family. Wolfe: based on an incident which occurred in 1896. Carters-1941

Give Him One More as He Goes: 1884- Words and Music by Ike Brown "I'll Give You One More as You Go." Carters-1940

Give Me Roses While I Live: 1925- James Rowe (lyrics) R. H. Cornelius (music). Carters-1933

Give Me Your Love and I'll Give You Mine: 1902- L. A. Davis- lyrics M. J. Fitzpatrick- music "You Give Me Your Love [And I'll Give You Mine]" Carters-1936 Decca

Glory to the Lamb: Circa 1900- Hymn Collection titled the “New Onward and Upward” Carters-1935

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign: 1800s, Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual usually named "I Got A Home the Rock." From Leslie Riddle-Pauline Gray. Carters-1929

Gold Watch and Chain: 1879- Traditional chorus based on the Reuben's Train songs. The verses are from 1879 Westendorf song, "Is There No Kiss For Me Tonight, Love." Carters-1933

Goodbye to the Plains: Early 1900s- Traditional Western song "The Dying Cowboy of Rim Rock Ranch" arranged by Carter Family. Tune is "The Mule Song," by Edward Harrigan and Dave Braham, pub. 1882. Carters-1937

Gospel Ship: Circa 1900- Traditional gospel song arranged by Carter Family. Also named "Old Gospel Ship." Carters-1935

Grave on the Green Hillside: 1875- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer. Carters-1929

Happiest Days of All: 1875- Will Thompson song "Gathering Shells From the Seashore." Carters-1932

Happy in the Prison: Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual also known as "When I Lay my Burdens Down" arranged by Carter Family. Carters-1938

Happy or Lonesome: 1913 Dick Burnett songster- Traditional song "Are You Happy or Lonesome" arranged by Carter Family- 1934

He Never Came Back: 1891- Words and music by William Jerome. Also titled "When We Meet on that Beautiful Shore." Carters-1937

He Took a White Rose from Her Hair: Early 1900s- Traditional song "The (Little) White Rose" arranged by Carter Family- 1935

Heart That Was Broken for Me: 1914- Southern gospel song by Judson W. Van De Venter (1855-1939) Carters-1938

*Heaven's Radio: 1930s- Gospel song, no confirmed source, arranged by Carter Family. Carters-1940

Hello Central, Give Me Heaven: 1901- Gospel song by Charles K. Harris. Carters-1934

*Hello Stranger: Early 1900s- Traditional blues lyrics arranged by Carter Family. Carters-1937

Hold Fast to the Right: 1906- Gospel song by James Vaughan; Carters-1937

*Home by the Sea: 1800s- Possible rewrite of "Dear Old Home Beyond the Sea" by A. Hamilton Sims and William A. Keller written in 1887. For now it's based on an unknown song. Carters-1937

Home in Tennessee: circa 1925- Song by Maggie Andrews (Alias Carson Robison) titled "My Little Home in Tennessee." Carters-1934

Homestead on the Farm: 1909- "I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home" by Lambert and Vandersloot. Carter's recorded it twice: Victor in 1929 and ARC in 1935.

Honey in the Rock: 1895- Gospel song by Frederick A. Graves. Carters-1937

I Ain't Goin' to Work Tomorrow: Early 1900s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family. Carters-1928

I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart: 1899 song written by Abbie Ford titled "Under the Pale Moonlight." Carters-1934

I Found You Among the Roses: 1913 song by George Pitman. Carters-1940

I Have an Aged Mother: 1882- Broadside by I.M. Williams titled "Ten Thousand Miles Away" also known as "On The Banks of A Lonely River." Carters-1930

I Have No One to Love Me (But the Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea): 1839- British Ballad "Sweet William." Also known as “Captain Tell me True” and first recorded in 1924 by Gid Tanner as "Sailor Boy." Carters-1928

I Loved You Better Than You Knew: 1893 song by Johnny Carroll. Carters-1933

I Never Loved But One: 1865 song by Armand titled "Those Dark Eyes" also known as "Dark Eyes." Carters-1932

I Never Will Marry: 1864 song "Oh, My Love's Gone" 1906 Belden. Other names are "The Shells of the Ocean" and "Down by the Sea Shore." Carters-1933

I Wouldn't Mind Dying: 1800s Traditional African-American gospel song arranged by The Carter Family. It's also titled "Bye and Bye We're Going To See The King." Carters-1932

If One Won't Another One Will: 1887 Wehman's Collection of Songs; Collected by Belden in 1904- Traditional song also titled "The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter" [Laws H12]. Carters-1932

I'll Be All Smiles Tonight: 1879 song by T.B. Ranson. Carters- 1934

*I'll Be Home Someday: Date unknown- Based on an unknown gospel song. Arranged by The Carter Family- 1934

*I'll Never Forsake You: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family- 1940

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes: 1800s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family. Other names include "In the Shadow of the Pines" and "Broken Ties." Carters-1929 also again in 1941.

I'm Working on a Building: Traditional African-American gospel song from Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family- 1934

In a Little Village Churchyard: 1918- "In That Dear Old Village Churchyard" from Primitive Baptist Hymn Book and Tune Book compiled by Elder John Daily. Needs confirmation. Another song has the same title "In a Little Village Churchyard- II" which is known as "Mother's Grave." It's from "Since My mother's Dead And Gone" by Phil Mowrey, Harry Percy. Carters-1936

*In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family- 1934

In the Shadow of the Pines: 1895- Song by Hattie Lummis and G.O. Long

*In the Valley of the Shenandoah: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family- 1934

It Is Better Farther On: 1836 one verse; (1877) Trad. Arranged by L. Thompson (1911) Traditional gospel song arranged by The Carter Family. Carters-1938

*It'll Aggravate Your Soul: 1934 song by A.P. Carter based on one verse of traditional lyrics. Carters-1934

*It's a Long Long Road to Travel Alone: 1931 words and music by BAD [pseud of Mrs. WH Do France]. Arranged by Maybelle Carter. Needs confirmation. Carters-1940

Jealous Hearted Me: 1924- Based on traditional blues lyrics by Lovie Austin, “Jealous Hearted Blues” recorded by Ma Rainey. Arranged by The Carter Family from Leslie Riddle. Carters-1936

Jim Blake's Message: Circa 1909, 1910 issue of "Railroad Man's Magazine" Rewritten by Carson Robison with Peter Condon- lyrics in 1927. Carters-1937

Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy: 1875 song by William Shakespeare Hays “Jimmie Brown (The Paper Boy)”. Carters-1929

*Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family: 1931- Song-and-spoken-word skit by The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers- 1931

John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man: Late 1800s- Traditional song arranged by the Carter Family. Carters-1928

Just a Few More Days: 1922- Traditional hymn from Hymns of Praise: For the Church and Sunday School by F. G. Kingsbury -Hymns, English page 15. Needs confirmation. Carters-1938

Just Another Broken Heart: 1890s- Carter's arrangement of the folk song usually known as "Only Flirting," "Only a Broken Heart" or "She was Only Flirting." Carters-1936

Keep on the Firing Line: 1915- Southern gospel song by Bessie F. Hatcher. Sara said it was a hymn she heard in California, at Charlie and Mary Bayes's Adventist church. Carters-1941

Keep on the Sunny Side: 1899- Gospel song by Ada Blenkhorn and J Howard Entwisle. A.P. Learned the song from Flanders Bays, his uncle. Carters 1935

*Kissing Is a Crime: 1800s- Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. It resembles the Scottish song "Some Say that Kissing's a Sin" published in 1829. Carters 1935

Kitty Waltz: 1872 music; lyrics 1926 Al Hopkins- arranged by the Carter Family. Carters 1929

Last Move for Me: Circa 1926- Gospel song by Herbert Buffum (1879-1939) "When I make My Last Move" Carters 1936

Lay My Head Beneath the Rose: 1879 by Ned Straight; 1897 Madison and Faulkenstein. Carters 1936

Let the Church Roll On: 1800s-Traditional African-American gospel song from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family. Carters 1931

Let's Be Lovers Again: 1893 song by Gussie Davis titled, "Jack and May (Make Up and Be Lover's Again)." Carters-1935

Little Black Train: Late 1800s (Cohen)- Traditional gospel song arranged by the Carter Family Carters 1935 and 1937

Little Darlin' Pal of Mine: Early 1900s- Traditional lyrics melody is the spiritual "When The World's On Fire." It's also titled "Little Sweetheart Pal Of Mine" or "My Little Girl." Carters 1928 and 1935.

*Little Girl That Played On My Knee, The: Late 1800s Unknown (1937 by Carters)- Based on an unknown parlor song. In the repertoire of Jennie Devlin (1865-1952) as "The Little Valley" which combines this song with a version of "Red River Valley."

Little Joe: 1866- by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe"; "Little Joe" was recorded by the Carters in 1938. First recording was "Darling Little Joe" in 1934.

Little Log Cabin by the Sea: 1903- song by W.C. Hapley titled "Bible in the Cabin by the Sea" Carters- 1927

Little Log Hut in the Lane: 1879- Thomas Westendorf (Going From De Cottonfields) usally titled, "I'm Going From the Cottonfields." Carters- 1930

Little Moses: circa 1871- traditional gospel ballad about story of Moses harmonized by G.R. Street. Collected by Belden 1905. Carters- 1929

*Little Poplar Log House on the Hill: 1930s (may be based on earlier song)- Callahan Brothers on August 16, 1934. The Carter Family recorded their version 6 years later. Carters- 1940

Lonesome for You: 1918- song "I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome" by Brockman and Vincent (words) and Kendis (music). Carters- 1931

*Lonesome for You Darling: 1940- Unknown song; Carters- 1940

*Lonesome Homesick Blues: circa 1941- written by Maybelle Carter. According to the Carters biography she wrote the song when she was missing Eck, her husband. She also used a blues lick learned from Leslie Riddle. Carters- 1941

*Lonesome Pine Special circa 1930- Railroad song attributed to Sara Carter by Janette Carter in a talk to a music class at Warren Wilson College. Janette is the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter. Carters- 1930

Lonesome Valley: 1800s- Traditional spiritual from both white and black sources. The song was probably from Leslie Riddle but popular versions by both Dalhart and Jenkins had been circulating. Carters- 1930 and again in 1935

Longing for Old Virginia: 1915- E. Clinton Keithley song "I'm Longing for Old Virginia and You." Carters-1934

Look Away from the Cross: 1895 (1901 by Meade)- F.L. Eiland gospel song "From the Cross To The Crown." Professor F.L. Eiland, was a noted hymn writer whose "Hold to God's Unchanging Hands" became widely used in American churches. Carters-1940

Look How This World Has Made a Change: 1800s- Traditional spiritual arranged by J.B Vaughan in 1912 and recorded by the famous Vaughan Quartet in 1928. Carters-1937

Lord, I'm in Your Care: Early 1900s- Traditional spiritual and is sometimes titled "Oh Lord, I'm in your Care." It was recorded first by Edward Clayborn in 1927. Carters-1937

Lover's Farewell; 1849- "Thou Hast Learned to Love Another" or "Farewell, farewell, Forever" by Charles Slade. "We Have Met and We Have Parted" which is dated by Meade as circa 1870s. Carters-1930

*Lover's Lane: Unknown c 1900- "Lover's Lane" was apparently the first title for the song "You're The Girl of My Dreams." The song could be a rewrite of "Down de Lover's Lane" by Will Marion Cook c 1900. Not Confirmed. Carters-1937

Lover's Return:1800s- Traditional folk song usually called "Too Late" or "Too Late You Have to Come Back to Me." Carters-1934

Lulu Walls: 1800s (Jan. 1888 Meade); Wehman's Collection of Songs. Unknown author from 1800s. Carters-1929 and 1935

.......................SUMMARY...................... There are 141 titles for the original Carter Family songs from A-L. One song "Darling Little Joe" is also titled "Little Joe." There are two versions of "Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow (Answer to Weeping Willow)" and two versions of "East Virginia Blues." Technically there are 137 different songs in the A-L titles. Some of the songs were recorded more than once by different record companies.

There are 34 songs with an asterisk indicating they are either original or we haven't found the source.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:18 AM

TITLE--DATE OF(or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES --REFERENCES AND INFO--DATE RECORDED BY CARTERS

Original Carter Family Song Sources Alphabetical by Title M-Z:

*March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away: 1900s- Rewrite of traditional blues lyrics associated with "Trouble in Mind" and "I Know You Rider": "The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day (2X) Wind's gonna rise and blow my blues away." Carters-1934

Meet Me by the Moonlight Alone: circa 1812- Traditional song. Evolved from lyrics by J. Augustine Wade, also titled "The Prisoner's Song" as recorded by Vernon Dalhart. Carters-1928

*Meeting in the Air: 1900s- Unknown gospel song. Possible rewrite of the 1908 Pentecostal Hymn by I.G. Martin. Carters-1940

'Mid the Green Fields of Virginia: 1898- song by Charles K. Harris.

Motherless Children: 1904- S.C. Brown (words) and Charles Dryscoll (Music) Motherless Children is also traditional from African-American sources. They learned this song from Leslie Riddle. Carters-1929

*Mountains of Tennessee: Unknown (1934)- unknown song. Seems like a rewrite of the song, "Sweet Sunny South." The song has different chords and melody but the lyrics and form are very similar. The "cool shady nook" line is found in Katie Kline. Carters-1934

*My Clinch Mountain Home: Circa 1911- Reported to be the first song A.P. wrote: Wanting to earn enough money to buy himself a piece of land, A.P. left his home in 1911 and set out for Richmond, Indiana (as his father had done), to work on the railroad but came down with typhoid fever and quickly returned home. Family members recall that he wrote his first song while he rode the train back to Virginia, "My Clinch Mountain Home." The chorus and sentiment are based on James A. Bland's 1878 song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." The verse is the melody of the "Battleship of Maine." Carters-1929

My Dixie Darling: 1907- song by Gillispie and Weinrich titled "Dixie Darlings." Carters-1936

My Heart's Tonight in Texas: 1900 also rewrite 1913- This western folk song is credited to Roden-Max S. Witt in 1900. It was published by the title "Down by the Silvery Rio Grande" in 1913 by Dave Weisberg, R. F. Roden, and music-Charles Speidel. Carters-1934

*My Home Among the Hills: Unknown date (1940); Based on an unknown song. Similar to Autry hit song "Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Carters-1940

My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains: 1800s- Traditional folk song collected by Louise Bascom Rand as "My Own True Love" in 1909. Bascom Lamar Lunsford stated that this song can be classified as a "Straw-ride song." Possibly it is based upon an old religious song, "Oh, How I Love Jesus." Carters-1937

My Honey Lou: 1897- Song by Frank M. Statia. A different song with the same title "My Honey Lou" was written in 1904 by Thurland Chattaway. Carters-1936

*My Little Home in Tennessee: 1926- Song by Carson Robison. Carters-1932

My Native Home: 1855- "My Dear, My Native Home", music by John Rogers Thomas, words by Charles Hart. Carters learned from a woman in Russell County, VA. Carters-1936

My Old Cottage Home: Circa 1880- Song by R.A. Glenn; Carters- 1931.

*My Old Virginia Home: Unknown Date (1935 by Carters); Unknown song. Fiddler Miller Wikel recorded a song by that title twice but the sides were not released. "My Old Virginia Home" by Charles Frey in 1855 is similar in sentiment but not the same song. Carters-1935

*My Texas Girl: Unknown Date (1935 by Carters)- Unknown western song possibly a rewrite of one of the "Sleepy Rio Grande" songs. Bob Miller's 1934 songbook had the song "Sleepy Rio grande." Other titles include: "Where the Sleepy Rio's Flowing," and "By the Sleepy Rio Grande." Possibly based on the Carson Robison, Frank Luther song "Sleepy Rio Grande" backed by "When it's springtime in the Rockies" which was a huge hit for Victor in 1929. Carters-1935

*My Virginia Rose Is Blooming: Unknown Date (Carters in 1935). Unknown song collected by Perry in the JOAFL 1945. It seems like a rewrite by A.P. of "Yellow Rose of Texas." Carters-1935

Never Let the Devil Get the Upper Hand of You: 1684 England 1800s US- Version of the traditional ballad, "Knoxville Girl," which is the US version of the "Wittham Miller/Berkshire Tragedy/ Cruel Miller" large group of songs from the British Isles, originating as "The Bloody Miller" in 1684. In the US it is known as "The Wexford Girl," "The Oxford Tragedy," "The Expert Girl," Johnny McDowell," "The Prentice Boy." Carters-1937

No Depression in Heaven: Circa 1936- James David Vaughan, published in his songbooks. Also known as "No Depression." Carters-1936

No More the Moon Shines on Lorena: circa 1889- Song by Louis Staab. The song has been recorded titled as "Lorena" "Lorina" and "Lorrainna" according to Meade. The other song is the Civil War song "Lorena" which is a different yet similar song. Carters-1930

No Other's Bride I'll Be: 1869- C.A. White's song "Widow in the Cottage by the Sea." Meade references another publication in 1869 by C. P. Bishop. Another song "Cottage by the Sea" by J. R Thomas is a diferent song. Carters-1935

No Telephone in Heaven: 1899 Werner's Readings and Recitations; Meade sites Delaney's Recitations #3 (Willian W. Delaney, Circa 1910); Carters-1929.

Oh, Take Me Back: 1938- Traditional blues arranged by the Carters. Looks like the 3rd verse could be original. Leslie Riddle was an influence on the Carters blues songs. Carters-1938

On a Hill Lone and Gray: 1894- Southern gospel song (There's A Hill Lone and Grey) written by Beverly Francis Caradine and appears in Truths and Triumphs for Revivals. Carters-1934.

On My Way to Canaan's Land: 1800s- Traditional spiritual usually known as "I'm on my Way to Canaan's Land" or just "I'm On My Way." According to one author, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the song come from the traditional "If You Go Don't Hinder Me." The Pace Jubilee Singers 1927 recording was titled "I'll Journey On." The Carter's recording surely came from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gary. During the 60s Civil Rights movement the song was changed to "I'm on my Way to Freedom Land." Carters-1930

On the Rock Where Moses Stood: 1800s- Traditional spiritual also known as "Crying Holy Unto The Lord." It's perhaps derived from the spiritual "Elijah Rock." First recorded by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet in 1924 as "Crying to the Lord." Carters-1930

On the Sea of Galilee: Circa 1709- Isaac Watts (Two Verses)- Spiritual recorded by the Carters in 1933 for Victor and then they changed the name to avoid copyright issue when they recorded the song for ARC in 1935 as "Sea of Galilee." Carters-1933 and 1935

One Little Word: 1899- Song written by Gussie Davis. Carters-1934

Only Girl (I Ever Cared About): 1899- Will Cobb (Words) Gus Edwards (Music) originally titled "You Are The Only Girl I Ever Cared About." Carters-1937

Over the Garden Wall: 1879- Written by the minstrel showmen Harry Hunter and George D. Fox. Sara Carter said "that was an old ballet given to us by an old lady in Tennessee." Carters-1933

*Picture on the Wall: Circa 1927- Song by Bud Landress of Georgia Yellow Hammers. Wolfe says Sara recalled that they had learned it 'from an old record'. He credits Carters song to Landress and almost certainly they learned from the 1927 Yellow Hammers hit recording. Carters-1932

Poor Little Orphaned Boy: 1874 (Meade)- Traditional. The first recording was made in 1928 by Buell Kazee. Carters-1933

Poor Orphan Child: 1898- Gospel song "Saviour Lead Them Orphans" by H.W. Elliot and Emmett Dean. Carters-1927

Rambling Boy: 1830 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(2054))- English folk song classified by Laws as "The Wild and Wicked Youth" [Laws L12]. Carters-1941

Reckless Motorman: 1900s- Traditional reworked by A.P. Carter Rewrite of the "Dying Brakeman" and the related "True and Trembling Brakeman" songs. According to Cohen a brakeman is also referred to as a motorman. He also said A.P collected the song on a collecting trip in Southwest, Virginia in 1937 or 1938. Carters-1938

River of Jordan: 1800s (1915 recording)- Listed under "Some of These Days" [Me III-C 27]. Other names include: "God's Gonna Set This World On Fire" and "Jacob's Ladder." Shelton Brooks song titled "Some of These Days" is a different song as is the Poplin Family's "River Of Jordan." Carters-1928 and 1934

Room in Heaven for Me: Circa 1900- James Vaughan song titled "Is There Room for Me?" Carters-1930

Sad and Lonesome Day: 1927- Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See that my Grave is Kept Clean." Blues the Carters probably learned it from a member of their Kingsport blues group that included Brownie McGee, Leslie Riddle and Sam Lyons. Also known as "Two White Horses in a Line" and "One Kind Favor." Carters 1935 and 1937

Sailor Boy: 1800s- Traditional ballad listed as "The Faithful Sailor Boy" [Laws K13] and by Meade as "Sailor Boy's Farewell." It was first recorded by Gid Tanner of Skillet Licker fame in 1924. Vernon Dalhart's 1925 version titled "Sailor Boy's Farewell" was popular. Carters- 1934

School House on the Hill: 1907- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer (1840– 1904) titled "The School House On The Hill." Carters-1933

Sea of Galilee: Sea of Galilee is another title for "On the Sea of Galilee" which was recorded twice by the Carters with two titles. It is already covered above under the O titles "On the Sea of Galilee." Carters- 1935 ARC

See That My Grave Is Kept Green: 1879- Gus William's song Speculation about Williams song being the the source for Blind Lemon Jefferson's "see that my Grave is Kept Clean" is unfounded and only the title itself appears to have been used. Carters-1933

*Single Girl, Married Girl; Late 1800s- Traditional song; According to the Carters biography the song came from Mollie Carter, A.P.'s mother and it was a well-known old song. Carters- 1929 and 1935

Sinking in the Lonesome Sea: 1685 broadside- Version of "The Golden Willow Tree" or "Lowlands Low" which is the English ballad "The Golden Vanity" Child 286. Carters- 1935

Something Got a Hold of Me: 1930s- Gospel song by Warren Caplinger, is best known as "Cap" of Cap, Andy and Flip, a gospel singing trio who played over WMMN, Fairmont. Carters-1941

Spirit of Love Watches Over Me: circa 1840-gospel song by George Lindley(1798-1865), the original title was "Thou Art Gone from My Gaze." Carters- 1932

Sow 'Em on the Mountain: 1800s- Traditional spiritual "Sowing on the Mountain." May be based on the verse of the 1874 hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves." There is also a relationship in form and content to "This Train is Bound for Glory. Carters- 1930

St. Regious Girl:1800s- Usually "St. Regis Girl," it refers to an indian maiden. Version of "Red River Valley." Carters-1938.

Stern Old Bachelor: 1800s Traditional song related to the 1860 song, "I'm a Jolly Bachelor." "Stern Old Bachelor" first referenced in print in the 1887 newspaper "Dighton Republic" in Kansas. Possibly based on Chubby Parker's versions titled "I'm A Stern Old Bachelor." Carters- 1938

Storms Are on the Ocean: 1800s- Variant of the large "True Lover's Farewell" folk song family (Child #76) originating in British Isles ("The Lass of Roch Royal") also called: "Fare You Well, My Own True Love" and the "Ten Thousand Miles." The first collected version in the US is 1906 (Belden). The Carters verses are found in Sharp No. 114 A. Carters- 1927 and 1936

Sun of the Soul: 1917- Southern gospel song by Curtis Williams titled "When the Lights Have gone Out In Your Soul." Recorded in 1927 by Ernest Phipps and his Congregation for Victor "If the Lights Gone Out of Your Soul." Carters-1932

Sunshine in the Shadows: Early 1900s- "Heavenly Sunshine" by Lucy Eddie Campbell from Duck Hill, Mississippi. First recorded by Laura Henton in the 1920s. The Carters probably got this gospel song from Leslie Riddle or Pauline Gray. Carters-1932

Sweet as the Flowers in May Time: 1800s (Randolph collected a version learned prior to 1900)- Traditional song usually known as "My Mother/Mama Scolds Me For Flirting." First recorded by the Carolina Tar Heels in 1927. The Carters extra verse is taken from the chorus of the 1867 song "Where There's A Will There's A Way." Carters-1932

Sweet Fern: 1876- Song by Thomas Westendorf and George Persley titled "Sweet Bird." According to Charles Wolfe "Sweet Fern" was a song A.P. found in his collecting trips into the east Tennessee hills. Carters-1929

Sweet Heaven in My View: 1800s- Traditional gospel song from both African-American and white sources usually known as "Heaven in my View" and "Got Heaven in my View." Carters- 1936

Tell Me That You Loved Me: 1866- Will S. Hayes (Levy Collection) The Carters title was probably to prevent copyright problems as the song had already been recorded by Stoneman and Kincaid as "We Parted By The Riverside." Carters- 1932

There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy: 1800s- Spiritual usually known as "In My Father's House." It was recorded first by the Four Wanderers in 1929. A version (In My Father's House) is printed in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag. A version, "There'll Be No Liars There," was recorded in 1927 by the Hickory Nuts. Carters- 1934

There'll Be No Distinction There: Early 1900s- Traditional or based on an unknown gospel song. Carters version based on African-American sources/Blind Alfred Reed in 1929. Carters- 1940

There's No Hiding Place Down Here: 1800s- Spiritual (No Hiding Place) first recorded by the Famous Jubilee Singers in 1927. The probable source is the Carter's African-American contacts Leslie Riddle and Pauline Gray. Carters-1934

There's No One Like Mother to Me: 1877 (1885 Davis)- According to the Carters biographers "There's No One Like Mother to Me" is word for word as poem Maybelle cut out of a magazine. The poem was actually a "pretty home song" by Charles A. Davies published in 1877 by JC GROENE & Co., 24 and 42 Arcade, Cincinnati, Ohio. Gussie Davis also published the song in 1885. Carters- 1936

There's Someone Awaiting for Me: Pre-1861 (Meade)- Unknown parlor song "There's Somebody Waiting For Me." Not to be confused with the Von Tilzer song by the same title from 1902. Carters- 1930

*They Call Her Mother: Unknown Date (1938)- Unknown Song, probably by one of the Carters or their fans. Carters- 1938

This Is Like Heaven to Me: 1903- J.E. French's gospel song with the same title. Carters-1933

Two Sweethearts: 1897- Popular parlor song by E.P. Morgan (words) and J. Fred Helf (music). The Carters made the 8th country recording in 1932.

Wabash Cannonball: 1882- Originally from "The Great Rock Island Route" credited to J. A. Roff. It rewritten in 1904 as "Wabash Cannon Ball," perhaps by William Kindt. Cohen suspects the rewrite preceeded Kindt's 1904 publication, and common tune is not the same as either Roff's or Kindt's. Carters- 1929

Walking in the King's Highway: 1901- Gospel song by A.J. Showalter. Carters- 1938

Wandering Boy: 1884- R.S. Hanna song "Somebody's Boy is Homeless Tonight" Carters-1927

Wave on the Sea: 1765- Tradional English ballad based on The Mermaid (Child 289). Different titles are: "The Wrecked Ship" "Black Friday," "Waves on the Sea," "Three Sailor Boys," "The Sinking Ship," and "Raging Sea." Carters- 1941

Wayworn Traveler: 1836- Song by John B. Matthias "Deliverance will Come." Recorded by Uncle Dave Macon in 1926. Carters- 1936

We Shall Rise: 1904- J.E. Thomas gospel song "Hallelujah, We Shall Rise." Carters-1940

We Will March Through the Streets of the City: 1800s- Gospel song based in existing lyrics from revival hymns and shape-note hymns. The first verse is also well known in the African-American church. Carters- 1932

Weary Prodigal Son:1889- Gospel song "Calling the Prodigal" by Charles H. Gabriel. Carters-1931

Western Hobo: Late 1800s- Traditional song "Wild and Reckless Hobo" or "The Railroad Bum." The Carters 1929 title is surely to avoid copyright issues. Meade lumps the song into the vast "Ten Thousand Miles from Home" group which is Laws H2. The famous Jimmie Rodgers song "Waiting For the Train" is one of the best known versions. Carters- 1929

When I'm Gone: 1874- Delehanty and Hengler's song "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone," first recorded by Blind Alfred Reed in 1928. The Carters may have based their version on his. Carters- 1931

When Silver Threads Are Gold Again: 1875- Song by Eben Rexford and Hart Danks. Carters- 1936

When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland: 1913- Song by George "Honeyboy" Evans. Carters-1929

When the Roses Come Again: 1874- Song by Arthur W. French and George W. Persley. Carters-1933

When the Springtime Comes Again: 1856- Based on Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie." This is not the song by C.W. Baker with that title. Charles Wolfe notes: "the song was one she [Sara] knew as "Little Annie". She learned it from a neighbor of A.P.'s who gave them the ballet for it (ie the written and printed lyrics)." Carters- 1930

When the World's on Fire: 1800s- Spiritual from the African-American tradition. The Carters use the same melody in "Little Darling Pal of Mine." Recorded as "Rock of Ages" by Blind Willie Davis, a black singer-guitarist from McComb, Mississippi in 1928. Probably they learned his version from Leslie Riddle, who showed Maybelle slide guitar which she plays on this selection. Carters-1930

*When This Evening Sun Goes Down: Unknown date (1937)- Unknown gospel song. Carters-1937

Where Shall I Be?: Late 1800s (1908)- African-American spiritual and Pentecostal hymn recorded in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson (as Deacon Bates) and also by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet. The Carters learned the traditional Pentecostal hymn version arranged by R.E. Winsett in a 1908 hymnal "Songs of Pentecostal Power." Carters- 1930

Where the Silvery Colorado Winds Its Way: 1901-song by C.H. Scroggins and Charles Avril. Recordings date back to 1902. The Carters 1932 version was probably based on an earlier country recording by Emry Auther or Frank Luther. Carters-1936

Where We'll Never Grow Old: Early 1920s- Gospel song by James C. Moore. Frequently called "Land Where We'll Never Grow Old" it was first recorded by the Jenkins Family in 1926; Carters-1932.

Who's That Knocking on My Window: 1817 as "Drowsy Sleeper"- Traditional English ballad the Drowsy Sleeper also know as "Awake Awake" and "Silver Dagger." In the US it's known also as "O Molly Dear/O Katie Dear" and has been collected by Sharp as "Awake Awake" in 1916-1917. Carters-1938

*Why Do You Cry, Little Darling: 1941- Song (according to their biographers) written by Maybelle Carter. The song references upcoming World War II. Carters-1941

*Why There's a Tear in My Eye: 1928- Song by Carson Robison (An Old Man's Story) that the Carters played with Jimmie Rodgers at their 1931 session in Louisville KY. Carters-1931

Wildwood Flower: 1860- "I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets" by Maud Irving and J.P. Webster. Carters-1928

Will My Mother Know Me There?: 1906- Song from Johnson Oatman and William Golden included in Songs of the Kingdom: The Camp Meeting Specialý by Robert Emmet Winsett 1911, 200 pages. It was recorded twice before the Carters 1933 recording.

Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven: 1911- Song by Charles K. Harris. Carters- 1932

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: Circa 1900- Gospel song by Rev. George Beebe and H.E. McAfee also name of the definitive biography about the Carters, Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone by Marc Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg. Carters- 1928 and 1935

*Winding Stream: unknown date (1932 by Carters)- Meade calls this a parlor song from the 1800s and calls the song, "Give To Me a Winding Stream." Carters-1932

*Wonderful City: Circa 1931- Song attributed to Jimmie Rodgers and was recorded with the Carter family in their joint 1931 session in Louisville KY. Rodgers usually appropriated material for his songs so the lyrics probably are based on another song. This is even more likely because this was the only gospel song Rodgers recorded. Carters-1931

Worried Man Blues: Early 1900s- Traditional blues song. The first recording is by Sam Collins with a vocal John D. Fox in 1927 on Gnt 6352. The song is made up of traditional verses (Charlie Patton's "Down the Dirt Road Blues") arranged by the Carters probably from Leslie Riddle/Brownie McGee/Sam Lyons group. Carters- 1930 and 1935

*You Are My Flower: Unknown (1938)- Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter. Carters- 1938

You Better Let That Liar Alone: early 1900s (1919)- "Let That Liar Alone" is a spiritual found in the Joyful Meeting in Glory Song Book No. 1 in 1919. The first recording is by Edward Clayton in 1927. Carters- 1937

*You Denied Your Love: Unknown (Carters 1938)- Unknown song. Carters- 1938

*You Tied a Love Knot in My Heart: Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown song possibly based on Wilf Carter's "There's a Love Knot in My Lariat." Carters- 1941

*Young Freda Bolt: 1930- Song by Doc Shanks written in 1930 that the Carters recorded about the murder of Freeda Bolt Dec. 13, 1929 in Floyd County, VA. The Floyd County Ramblers released a version in 1930. Carters-1938

Your Mother Still Prays (For You, Jack): 1893- Song from F.M. Eliot that is based on the English ballad Lord Lovell. Carters-1935

*You're Gonna Be Sorry You Let Me Down: Unknown (1941)- The JOAFL tried to trace this song and couldn't find the source. Very last song the Carters recorded in 1941.

*You're Nothing More to Me: Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown parlor song titled "Thou Art Nothing More To Me" by Meade. It was collected and published in Frank Brown NC folk songs by Belden in 1952. Carters-1938

You've Been a Friend to Me: 1868- Song by Will S. Hays; Carters- 1936

*You've Been Fooling Me, Baby: Circa 1930- Song by Allen Brothers "When You Leave You Leave Me Sad" recorded in 1930. Carters-1934.

*You've Got to Righten That Wrong: Unknown (1940)- Unknown gospel song from the Carters in 1940.

................SUMMARY..............There are a total of 105 original Carter Family songs titled M-Z. One song is the same (On The Sea of Galilee-Sea of Galilee)with two titles. From these song titles there are 23 songs with an asterisk indicating they are original songs by the Carters (or other writers: Carson Robison, Bud Landress, Jimmie Rodgers, Allen Brothers) or we do not know the source song yet. The song titles with an asterick should be considered copyrighted.

TOTALS: By my count there are 246 titles and 242 different songs. In my opinion 56 songs should be considered copyrighted. There were other songs the Carters recorded that were not issued starting in 1933.

NOTES: Since the Carters arrangements have become freely used (i.e. "Wildwood Flower," "Circle Be Unbroken," "Worried Man Blues") by record companies and publishers when based on other earlier songs, we may assume that this same policy will hold true for their other songs. This may not be true.

The decision of free use you will have to make based on this information. I feel a debt of gratitude toward the Carter Family for preserving and interpreting many older songs which certainly would be unknown today.

Thank you Carter Family!


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:18 AM

Carter Family Sources by Date of Recording 1927-1934 RCA Victor Recordings

RECORDING DATE & PLACE--RECORD COMPANY--TITLE--DATE OF (or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES--REFERENCES AND INFO

Established in 1901, RCA Victor was the wealthy and successful label. Country Music began in 1922 and following Dalhart’s smash hit “Wreck of the Old 97” backed by “Prisoner’s Song” hired Ralph Peer in 1925 to get "Country Music" recordings. Peer accepted a nominal salary of just one dollar a year, but he assumed control of all copyrighted work created under his supervision and administered his publishing portfolio via his Southern Music Publishing firm. He learned that by managing the artists he could better control the copyrights and his interests.

Beginning in 1925 he signed Ernest Stoneman to an exclusive contract. After Stoneman had a hit with “The Titanic” Peer began signing other groups. Peer hit the motherlode at the 1927 Bristol Sessions by signing his most important artists: Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. By the end of the 1920s Peer was making $250,000 a quarter year on royalties alone! Today this would translate into a salary of around $50 million a year in royalties.

August 1, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Bury Me Beneath The Willow 1909 Belden- traditional folk song.

August 1, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Little Log Cabin By the Sea 1903- song by W.C. Hapley titled "Bible in the Cabin by the Sea"

August 1, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Poor Orphan Child 1874 (Meade)- Traditional. The first recording was made in 1928 by Buell Kazee.

August 1, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Storms Are on The Ocean 1800s- Variant of the large "True Lover's Farewell" folk song family (Child #76) originating in British Isles ("The Lass of Roch Royal") also called: "Fare You Well, My Own True Love" and the "Ten Thousand Miles." The first collected version in the US is 1906 (Belden). The Carters verses are found in Sharp No. 114 A. Carters- 1927 and 1936

August 2, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Single Girl, Married Girl Late 1800s- Traditional song; According to the Carters biography the song came from Mollie Carter, A.P.'s mother and it was a well-known old song. Also Carters-1935

August 2, 1927 Bristol, TN (Victor- Bristol Sessions) Wandering Boy 1884- R.S. Hanna song "Somebody's Boy is Homeless Tonight"

May 9, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Meet Me By Moonlight, Alone circa 1812- Traditional song. Evolved from lyrics by J. Augustine Wade, also titled "The Prisoner's Song" as recorded by Vernon Dalhart, his version became one of the all-time early Country hits.

May 9, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Little Darlin’, Pal Of Mine Early 1900s- Traditional lyrics melody is the spiritual "When The World's On Fire." It's also titled "Little Sweetheart Pal Of Mine" or "My Little Girl."

May 9, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Anchored in Love 1911-"Anchored in Love Divine" James Rowe & James Vaughan

May 9, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man Late 1800s- Traditional song arranged by the Carter Family.

May 9, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow Early 1900s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family.

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? Circa 1900- Gospel song by Rev. George Beebe and H.E. McAfee also name of the definitive biography about the Carters, Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone by Marc Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg. Carters recorded this again in 1935.

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) River Of Jordan 1800s (1915 recording)- Listed under "Some of These Days" [Me III-C 27]. Other names include: "God's Gonna Set This World On Fire" and "Jacob's Ladder." Shelton Brooks song titled "Some of These Days" is a different song as is the Poplin Family's "River Of Jordan." Carters recorded the song again in 1934.

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Chewing Gum 1800s- songbook entitled "A Collection of Favorite Songs as Sung by Ben Maginley." Traditional verses arranged by Carters.

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Wildwood Flower 1860- "I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets" by Maud Irving and J.P. Webster.

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) I Have No One To Love Me But The Deep Blue Sea 1839- British Ballad "Sweet William." Also known as “Captain Tell Me True” and first recorded in 1924 by Gid Tanner as "Sailor Boy."

May 10, 1928 Camden, NJ (Victor) Forsaken Love 1800s- Traditional, arranged by Carters.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Sweet Fern 1876- Song by Thomas Westendorf and George Persley titled "Sweet Bird." According to Charles Wolfe "Sweet Fern" was a song A.P. found in his collecting trips into the east Tennessee hills.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) My Clinch Mountain Home Circa 1911- Family members recall that he wrote his first song while he rode the train back to Virginia, "My Clinch Mountain Home." The chorus and sentiment are based on James A. Bland's 1878 song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." The verse is the melody of the "Battleship of Maine."

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign 1800s, Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual usually named "I Got A Home the Rock." From Leslie Riddle-Pauline Gray.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes 1800s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family. Other names include "In the Shadow of the Pines" and "Broken Ties." The Carters recorded the song again in 1941.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Little Moses Circa 1871- traditional gospel ballad about story of Moses harmonized by G.R. Street. Collected by Belden in 1905.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Lulu Wall 1800s (Jan. 1888 Meade); "Lulu Walls" Wehman's Collection of Songs. Unknown author from 1800s. Carters recorded this again in 1935.

February 14, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Grave On The Green Hillside 1875- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer.

February 15, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Don’t Forget This Song 1910- Traditional based on "Bad Companions" or "Young Companions" Carters recorded this song again in 1935.

February 15, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Foggy Mountain Top Early 1900s- Traditional, based on earlier folk song. Collected in 1916 by Cecil Sharp.

February 15, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy To Me 1800s- Collected by Louise Pound in 1922; Traditional folk song.

February 15, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Diamonds In The Rough 1897- C.W. Byron (words) and L.L. Pickett (music). Carters recorded this again in 1935.

February 15, 1929 Camden, NJ (Victor) Engine One-Fourty-Three 1915 by Cox- traditional ballad also called the "Wreck on the C & O" based on the Oct 23, 1890 death of engineer George Alley when the FFV train on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad was wrecked by a landslide near Hinton, West Virginia.

November 22, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Homestead On The Farm 1909- "I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home" by Lambert and Vandersloot. Carter's also recorded it ARC in 1935.

November 22, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Cyclone Of Ryecove May 2, 1929, an unusually violent storm struck the little community of Rye Cove, located in the mountains of Scott County. Song is attributed to A.P. Carter and recorded in 1929.

November 22, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Motherless Children 1904- S.C. Brown (words) and Charles Dryscoll (Music) Motherless Children is also traditional from African-American sources. They probably learned this song from Leslie Riddle and associates.

November 24, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland 1913- Song by George "Honeyboy" Evans. Carters-1929

November 24, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) No Telephone In Heaven 1899 Werner's Readings and Recitations; Meade sites Delaney's Recitations #3 (Willian W. Delaney Circa 1910); Arranged Carters.

November 24, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Western Hobo Late 1800s- Traditional song "Wild and Reckless Hobo" or "The Railroad Bum." The Carters 1929 title is surely to avoid copyright issues. Meade lumps the song into the vast "Ten Thousand Miles from Home" group which is Laws H2. The famous Jimmie Rodgers song "Waiting For the Train" is one of the best known versions.

November 24, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Carter’s Blues 1800s- Rewrite of the traditional folk song "As I Walked Out One Morning Fair" and is related to "Love Has Brought Me to Despair." The title would need to be changed to avoid copyright issues.

November 24, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Wabash Cannonball 1882-Originally from "The Great Rock Island Route" credited to J. A. Roff. It rewritten in 1904 as "Wabash Cannon Ball," perhaps by William Kindt. Cohen suspects the rewrite preceeded Kindt's 1904 publication, and common tune is not the same as either Roff's or Kindt's.

November 25, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Distant Land To Roam 1902- L.M. Bandy's song "Leaving Home"

November 25, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Jimmie Brown The Newsboy 1875 song by William Shakespeare Hays “Jimmie Brown (The Paper Boy)”.

November 25, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Kitty Waltz 1872 music; lyrics 1926 Al Hopkins- arranged by the Carter Family.

November 25, 1929 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Fond Affection 1800s- traditional arranged by Carters Carters.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Cannon-ball, The Early 1900s- Traditional song learned from Leslie Riddle based on earlier song. Carters recorded this also in 1935.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Lover’s Farewell, The 1849- "Thou Hast Learned to Love Another" or "Farewell, Farewell, Forever" by Charles Slade. "We Have Met and We Have Parted" which is dated by Meade as circa 1870s.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) There’s Someone Awaiting For Me Pre-1861 (Meade)- Unknown parlor song "There's Somebody Waiting For Me." Not to be confused with the Von Tilzer song by the same title from 1902.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Little Log Hut In The Lane, The 1879- Thomas Westendorf (Going From De Cottonfields) usally titled, "I'm Going From the Cottonfields."

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) When The Springtime Comes Again 1856- Based on Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie." This is not the song by C.W. Baker with that title. Charles Wolfe notes: "the song was one she [Sara] knew as "Little Annie". She learned it from a neighbor of A.P.'s who gave them the ballet for it (ie the written and printed lyrics)."

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) When The World’s On Fire 1800s- Spiritual from the African-American tradition. The Carters use the same melody in "Little Darling Pal of Mine." Recorded as "Rock of Ages" by Blind Willie Davis, a black singer-guitarist from McComb, Mississippi in 1928. Probably they learned his version from Leslie Riddle, who showed Maybelle slide guitar which she plays on this selection.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) I Have An Aged Mother 1882- Broadside by I.M. Williams titled "Ten Thousand Miles Away" also known as "On The Banks of A Lonely River."

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Dying Soldier, The 1800s- based on an unknown song; the title may be used.

May 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Worried Man Blues Early 1900s- Traditional blues song. The first recording is by Sam Collins with a vocal John D. Fox in 1927 on Gnt 6352. The song is made up of traditional verses (Charlie Patton's "Down the Dirt Road Blues") arranged by the Carters probably from Leslie Riddle/Brownie McGee/Sam Lyons group. Carters also recorded the song in 1935.

November 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Lonesome Valley 1800s- Traditional spiritual from both white and black sources. The song was probably from Leslie Riddle but popular versions by both Dalhart and Jenkins had been circulating. Carters recorded the song again in 1935.

November 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) On The Rock Where Moses Stood 1800s- Traditional spiritual also known as "Crying Holy Unto The Lord." It's perhaps derived from the spiritual "Elijah Rock." First recorded by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet in 1924 as "Crying to the Lord."

November 24, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Room In Heaven For Me Circa 1900- James Vaughan song titled "Is There Room for Me?"

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Lonesome Pine Special circa 1930- Railroad song attributed to Sara Carter by Janette Carter in a talk to a music class at Warren Wilson College. Janette is the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter.

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) No More The Moon Shine On Lorena circa 1889- Song by Louis Staab. The song has been recorded titled as "Lorena" "Lorina" and "Lorrainna" according to Meade. The other song is the Civil War song "Lorena" which is a different yet similar song.

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) On My Way To Canaan’s Land 1800s- Traditional spiritual usually known as "I'm on my Way to Canaan's Land" or just "I'm On My Way." According to one author, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the song come from the traditional "If You Go Don't Hinder Me." The Pace Jubilee Singers 1927 recording was titled "I'll Journey On." The Carter's recording surely came from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gary. During the 60s Civil Rights movement the song was changed to "I'm on my Way to Freedom Land."

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Where Shall I Be? Late 1800s (1908)- African-American spiritual and Pentecostal hymn recorded in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson (as Deacon Bates) and also by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet. Carters learned traditional Pentecostal hymn arranged by R.E. Winsett in a 1908 hymnal "Songs of Pentecostal Power."

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Sow ‘Em On The Mountain 1800s- Traditional spiritual "Sowing on the Mountain." May be based on the verse of the 1874 hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves." There is also a relationship in form and content to "This Train is Bound for Glory.

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Darling Nellie Across The Sea 1800s- Based on an unknown song. Per Charles Wolfe, Sara wrote much of the song herself (implying an antecedent).

November 25, 1930 Memphis, TN (Victor) Birds Were Singing of You, The Unknown date; based on an unknown song by A.P. Carter.

May 25, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) Weary Prodigal Son 1889- Gospel song "Calling the Prodigal" by Charles H. Gabriel.

May 25, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) My Old Cottage Home Circa 1880- Song by R.A. Glenn;

May 25, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) When I’m Gone 1874- Delehanty and Hengler's song "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone," first recorded by Blind Alfred Reed in 1928. The Carters may have based their version on his.

May 25, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) Sunshine In The Shadows Early 1900s- "Heavenly Sunshine" by Lucy Eddie Campbell from Duck Hill, Mississippi. First recorded by Laura Henton in the 1920s. The Carters probably got this gospel song from Leslie Riddle or Pauline Gray.

May 25, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) Let The Church Roll On 1800s-Traditional African-American gospel song from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family.

May 26, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) Lonesome For You 1918- song "I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome" by Brockman and Vincent (words) and Kendis (music).

May 26, 1931 Charlotte, NC (Victor) Can’t Feel At Home 1919- Traditional folk hymn and spiritual.

June 10, 1931 Louisville, KY (Victor/ Jimmie Rodgers) Why There’s A Tear In My Eye 1928- Song by Carson Robison (An Old Man's Story) that the Carters played with Jimmie Rodgers at their 1931 session in Louisville, KY.

June 10, 1931 Louisville, KY (Victor/ Jimmie Rodgers) Wonderful City Circa 1931- Song attributed to Jimmie Rodgers and was recorded with the Carter family in their joint 1931 session in Louisville KY. Rodgers usually appropriated material for his songs so the lyrics probably are based on another song. This is even more likely because this was the only gospel song Rodgers recorded.

June 12, 1931 Louisville, KY (Victor/ Jimmie Rodgers) Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family 1931- Song-and-spoken-word skit by The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

June 12, 1931 Louisville, KY (Victor/ Jimmie Rodgers) Carter Family And Jimmie Rodgers In Texas 1931 skit and songs featuring the Carters with Jimmie Rodgers.

February 23, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) 'Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia 1898- song by Charles K. Harris.

February 23, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Happiest Days of All 1875- Will Thompson song "Gathering Shells From the Seashore."

February 23, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Picture On The Wall Circa 1927- Song by Bud Landress of Georgia Yellow Hammers. Wolfe says Sara recalled that they had learned it 'from an old record'. He credits Carters song to Landress and almost certainly they learned from the 1927 Yellow Hammers hit recording.

February 23, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Amber Tresses 1874-"Amber Tresses Tied in Blue," Words Samuel M. Mitchell, Music H. P. Danks

February 24, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) I Never Loved But One 1865 song by Armand titled "Those Dark Eyes" also known as "Dark Eyes."

February 24, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Tell Me That You Love 1866- Will S. Hayes (Levy Collection) The Carters title was probably to prevent copyright problems as the song had already been recorded by Stoneman and Kincaid as "We Parted By The Riverside."

February 24, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) Where We’ll Never Grow Old Early 1920s- Gospel song by James C. Moore. Frequently called "Land Where We'll Never Grow Old" it was first recorded by the Jenkins Family in 1926;

February 24, 1932 Atlanta, GA (Victor) We’ll March Through The Streets Of The City 1800s- Gospel song based in existing lyrics from revival hymns and shape-note hymns. The first verse is also well known in the African-American church.

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Sweet As The Flowers In May time 1800s (Randolph collected a version learned prior to 1900)- Traditional song usually known as "My Mother/Mama Scolds Me For Flirting." First recorded by the Carolina Tar Heels in 1927. The Carters extra verse is taken from the chorus of the 1867 song "Where There's A Will There's A Way."

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Will The Roses Bloom In Heaven 1911- Song by Charles K. Harris.

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) My Little Home in Tennessee 1926- Song by Carson Robison.

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Sun Of The Soul, The 1917- Southern gospel song by Curtis Williams titled "When the Lights Have gone Out In Your Soul." Recorded in 1927 by Ernest Phipps and his Congregation for Victor "If the Lights Gone Out of Your Soul."

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) If One Won’t Another One Will 1887 Wehman's Collection of Songs; Collected by Belden in 1904- Traditional song also titled "The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter" [Laws H12].

October 12, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Broken Hearted Lover 1800s- Arrangement of an unknown traditional song; Carters recorded the song again in 1935.

October 13, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Two Sweethearts 1897- Popular parlor song by E.P. Morgan (words) and J. Fred Helf (music).

October 13, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Winding Stream, The Unknown date (1932 by Carters)- Meade calls this a parlor song from the 1800s and calls the song, "Give To Me a Winding Stream."

October 13, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) I Wouldn’t Mind Dying 1800s Traditional African-American gospel song arranged by The Carter Family. It's also titled "Bye and Bye We're Going To See The King."

October 13, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Spirit Of Love Watches Over Me circa 1840-gospel song by George Lindley(1798-1865), the original title was "Thou Art Gone from My Gaze."

October 13, 1932 Camden, NJ (Victor) Church In The Wildwood 1857 William P. Pitts; rewrite 1911 James Rowe; based on gospel song "Little Brown Church in the Vale."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) Give Me The Roses While I Live 1925- James Rowe (lyrics) R. H. Cornelius (music).

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- BB) I Never Will Marry 1864 song "Oh, My Love's Gone," 1906 Belden. Other names are "The Shells of the Ocean" and "Down by the Sea Shore."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) On The Sea Of Galilee Circa 1709- Isaac Watts (Two Verses)- Spiritual recorded by the Carters in 1933 for Victor and then they changed the name to avoid copyright issue and recorded the song for ARC in 1935 as "Sea of Galilee."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- MW) Home By The Sea 1800s- Possible rewrite of "Dear Old Home Beyond the Sea" by A. Hamilton Sims and William A. Keller written in 1887. For now it's based on an unknown song.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor-RCA) When The Roses Come Again 1874- Song by Arthur W. French and George W. Persley.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) I Loved You Better Than You Knew 1893 song by Johnny Carroll.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) This Is Like Heaven To Me 1903- J.E. French's gospel song with the same title.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) See That My Grave Is Kept Green 1879- Gus William's song Speculation about Williams song being the the source for Blind Lemon Jefferson's "see that my Grave is Kept Clean" is unfounded and only the title itself appears to have been used.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- MW) Over The Garden Wall 1879- Written by the minstrel showmen Harry Hunter and George D. Fox. Sara Carter said "that was an old ballet given to us by an old lady in Tennessee."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor) Gold Watch And Chain 1879- Traditional chorus based on the Reuben's Train songs. The verses are from 1879 Westendorf song, "Is There No Kiss For Me Tonight, Love."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- MW) School House On The Hill 1907- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer (1840– 1904) titled "The School House On The Hill."

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- MW) Will My Mother Know Me There? 1906- Song from Johnson Oatman and William Golden included in Songs of the Kingdom: The Camp Meeting Specialý by Robert Emmet Winsett 1911, 200 pages.

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- issued later RCA) Faded Flowers 1851- song by James Powers and J.H. Brown;

June 17, 1933 Camden, NJ (Victor- RCA) Poor Little Orphaned Boy 1874 (Meade)- Traditional. The first recording was made in 1928 by Buell Kazee.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) On A Hill Lone And Gray 1894- Southern gospel song (There's A Hill Lone and Grey) written by Beverly Francis Caradine and appears in Truths and Triumphs for Revivals.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Cowboy Jack 1893- Western rewrite of "Your Mother Prays for You Jack" by F. M. Eliot. Lyrics not by Carters.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight 1879 song by T.B. Ranson

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Away Out On Old Saint Sabbath 1872 Chorus, Verses unknown date- A rewrite of an unknown song based on "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" from a ballet (lyrics) set to music by the Carter Family.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Darling Little Joe 1866- Song by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe." Also recorded as "Little Joe" in 1938.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Happy Or Lonesome 1913 Dick Burnett songster- Traditional song "Are You Happy or Lonesome" arranged by Carter Family.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) One Little Word 1899- Song written by Gussie Davis.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Darling Daisies 1882- "Down by the Garden Wall" by Max Vernor.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) East Virginia Blues 1800s- Traditional Arranged by Carters

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Lover’s Return 1800s- Traditional folk song usually called "Too Late" or "Too Late You Have to Come Back to Me."

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) It’ll Aggravate Your Soul Song by A.P. Carter based on one verse of traditional lyrics.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Hello Central, Give Me Heaven 1901- Gospel song by Charles K. Harris.

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) I’m Working On A Building Traditional African-American gospel song from Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family

May 8, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) You’ve Been Fooling Me Baby Circa 1930- Song by Allen Brothers "When You Leave You Leave Me Sad" recorded in 1930.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Longing For Old Virginia 1915- E. Clinton Keithley song "I'm Longing for Old Virginia and You."

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) March Winds Goin’ To Blow My Blues Away 1900s- Rewrite of traditional blues lyrics associated with "Trouble in Mind" and "I Know You Rider": "The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day (2X) Wind's gonna rise and blow my blues away."

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) There’ll Be Joy, Joy, Joy 1800s- Spiritual usually known as "In My Father's House." It was recorded first by the Four Wanderers in 1929. A version (In My Father's House) is printed in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag. A version, "There'll Be No Liars There," was recorded in 1927 by the Hickory Nuts.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- RCA) Home in Tennessee Circa 1925- Song by Maggie Andrews (Alias Carson Robison) titled "My Little Home in Tennessee."

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Are You Tired Of Me My Darling? 1877- Song by Cook and Roland.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart 1899 song written by Abbie Ford titled "Under the Pale Moonlight."

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) My Heart’s Tonight In Texas 1900 also rewrite 1913- This western folk song is credited to Roden-Max S. Witt in 1900. It was published by the title "Down by the Silvery Rio Grande" in 1913 by Dave Weisberg, R. F. Roden, and music- Charles Speidel.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) There’s No Hiding Place Down Here 1800s- Spiritual (No Hiding Place) first recorded by the Famous Jubilee Singers in 1927. The probable source is the Carter's African-American contacts Leslie Riddle and Pauline Gray.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Cowboy’s Wild Song To His Herd 1912- Based on a poem in Rhymes from the Rangeland. Wesley Beggs is considered to be the original author of the text of this song.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Evening Bells Are Ringing 1934- based on an unknown song by A.P. Carter

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Mountains of Tennessee, The Unknown (1934)- unknown song. Seems like a rewrite of the song, "Sweet Sunny South." The song has different chords and melody but the lyrics and form are very similar. The "cool shady nook" line is found in Katie Kline.

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) I’ll Be Home Someday Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Faded Coat Of Blue 1865- Civil War song by J.H. McNaughton

December 11, 1934 Camden, NJ (Victor- Bluebird) Sailor Boy 1800s- Traditional ballad listed as "The Faithful Sailor Boy" [Laws K13] and by Meade as "Sailor Boy's Farewell." It was first recorded by Gid Tanner of Skillet Licker fame in 1924. Vernon Dalhart's 1925 version titled "Sailor Boy's Farewell" was popular.

...........SUMMARY.........There are 135 different songs recorded by the Carters in the RCA Victor years: 1927-1934. Ralph Peer, Victor's Artists and Repertoire (A&R) executive who was responsible for talent scouting in Victor's Country Music Division, signed the Carter Family in 1927 and managed the Carters as well as the other Victor star, Jimmie Rodgers.

When Peer left RCA Victor in 1932 as the sole owner of Southern Music Publishing, he remained the Carters manager. The Carters still recorded for Victor and Peer's replacement Eli Oberstein on Victor's discount label Bluebird. After the Carters 1934 final Victor sessions were they switched the ARC label. They returned to record their final session with Victor's Bluebird label in 1941. That session will be included in the next section Carters 1935-1941 Sessions.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:18 AM

CARTER FAMILY RECORDINGS: VARIOUS RECORD COMPANIES 1935-1941

RECORDING DATE & PLACE--RECORD COMPANY--TITLE--DATE OF (or Approximate date of) ORIGIN--AUTHOR(S)--OTHER TITLES--REFERENCES AND INFO

Carter Family Sources by Date of Recording 1935 American Record Corporation (ARC) Recordings (New Records Only)

In the early 1930s the American Recording Company (ARC) moved in to become a big player in the record industry by buying out small independent labels. ARC purchased Brunswick from Warner Brothers and also picked up Banner, Cameo, Conqueror, Melotone, Pathe, Perfect, OKeh, Romeo and Vocalion. ARC became a giant in 1934 by purchasing Columbia, which had sold to radio manufacturer Grisby-Grunow a few years earlier, but went bankrupt.

May 5, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Glory To The Lamb Circa 1900- Hymn Collection titled the “New Onward and Upward”

May 5, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Behind Those Stone Walls Early 1900s- traditional folk song titled “Saint Louis, Bright City” Laws E35d and also known as "Behind the Great Wall" arranged by Carters from an unknown source.

May 5, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Sinking In The Lonesome Sea 1685 broadside- Version of "The Golden Willow Tree" or "Lowlands Low" which is the English ballad "The Golden Vanity" Child 286.

May 6, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) He Took A Rose From Her Hair Early 1900s- Traditional song "The (Little) White Rose" arranged by Carter Family.

May 6, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye) Chorus 1907 Ada Habershon, Music: Charles Gabriel as "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Verses unknown may be from earlier Welling-McGhee recording.

May 6, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Let’s Be Lovers Again 1893 song by Gussie Davis titled, "Jack and May (Make Up and Be Lover's Again)."

May 6, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Your Mother Still Prays (For You Jack) 1893- Song from F.M. Eliot.

May 6, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Kissing Is A Crime 1800s- Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. It resembles the Scottish song "Some Say that Kissing's a Sin" published in 1829.

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Don’t Forget Me Little Darling 1874- C.W. Vance (Words) and R. S. Crandall (Music).

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Sad And Lonesome Day 1927- Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See that my Grave is Kept Clean." Blues the Carters probably learned it from a member of their Kingsport blues group that included Brownie McGee, Leslie Riddle and Sam Lyons. Also known as "Two White Horses in a Line" and "One Kind Favor."

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) By The Touch Of her Hand Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) East Virginia Blues No. 2 1800s- Traditional, arranged by Carters.

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) My Virginia Rose Is Blooming Unknown Date; Unknown song collected by Perry in the JOAFL 1945. It seems like a rewrite by A.P. of "Yellow Rose of Texas."

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) My Texas Girl Unknown Date- Unknown western song possibly a rewrite of one of the "Sleepy Rio Grande" songs. Bob Miller's 1934 songbook had the song "Sleepy Rio grande." Other titles include: "Where the Sleepy Rio's Flowing," and "By the Sleepy Rio Grande." Possibly based on the Carson Robison, Frank Luther song "Sleepy Rio Grande" backed by "When it's springtime in the Rockies" which was a huge hit for Victor in 1929.

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) No Other’s Bride I’ll Be 1869- C.A. White's song "Widow in the Cottage by the Sea." Meade references another publication in 1869 by C. P. Bishop. Another song "Cottage by the Sea" by J. R Thomas is a diferent song.

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Gathering Flowers From The Hillside 1800s, collected Belden 1909- Traditional song; arranged by The Carter Family.

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Gospel Ship Circa 1900- Traditional gospel song arranged by Carter Family. Also named "Old Gospel Ship."

May 7, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Little Black Train Late 1800s (Cohen)- Traditional gospel song arranged by the Carter Family.

May 8, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Keep On The Sunny Side 1899 Gospel song by Ada Blenkhorn and J Howard Entwisle.

May 8, 1935 New York, NY (ARC) Fate of Dewey Lee 1935- Song about the January 31, 1931 murder of Dewey Lee. Based on a poem sent to A.P. Carter.

..........ARC SUMMARY........Under Peer’s guidance they changed record labels in 1935, re-recording much of their Victor material for the American Recording Company (ARC) and 20 new songs including the hit, “Can the Circle Be Unbroken.” At $75 a side the Carters made a lot of money re-recording their old hits. Peer owned the Carters copyrights so re-recording was profitable to him as well.

Carter Family Sources by Date of Recording 1936-38 Decca Recordings

Decca Records is a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934. The Carter Family began a two-year association with Decca in 1936 during which they waxed 60 more songs ("Little Joe" was previously recorded as "Darling Little Joe" in 1934; "Bring Back My Boy" was "Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy" recorded in 1929), and were at a performance peak. Unlike ARC, Decca insisted on fresh material (or at least titles!).

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) My Dixie Darling 1907- song by Gillispie and Weinrich titled "Dixie Darlings."

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Give Me Your Love And I’ll Give You Mine 1902- L. A. Davis- lyrics M. J. Fitzpatrick- music "You Give Me Your Love [And I'll Give You Mine]"

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1926- Lyrics Roy Turk, music Lou Hindman.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Last Move For Me Circa 1926-Gospel song by Herbert Buffum (1879-1939) "When I make My Last Move."

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Wayworn Traveler, The 1836- Song by John B. Matthias "Deliverance will Come." Recorded by Uncle Dave Macon in 1926.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Just Another Broken Heart 1890s- Carter's arrangement of the folk song usually known as "Only Flirting," "Only a Broken Heart" or "She was Only Flirting."

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) When Silver Threads Are Gold Again 1875- Song by Eben Rexford and Hart Danks.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) There’s No One Like Mother To Me 1877 (1885 Davis)- According to the Carters biographers "There's No One Like Mother to Me" is word for word as poem Maybelle cut out of a magazine. The poem was actually a "pretty home song" by Charles A. Davies published in 1877 by JC GROENE & Co., 24 and 42 Arcade, Cincinnati, Ohio. Gussie Davis also published the song in 1885.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) In A Little Village Churchyard 1918- "In That Dear Old Village Churchyard" from Primitive Baptist Hymn Book and Tune Book compiled by Elder John Daily. Needs confirmation. Another song has the same title "In a Little Village Churchyard- II" which is known as "Mother's Grave." It's from "Since My Mother's Dead And Gone" by Phil Mowrey, Harry Percy.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Jealous Hearted Me 1924- Based on traditional blues lyrics by Lovie Austin, “Jealous Hearted Blues” recorded by Ma Rainey. Arranged by The Carter Family from Leslie Riddle.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) My Native Home 1855- "My Dear, My Native Home", music by John Rogers Thomas, words by Charles Hart. Carters learned from a woman in Russell County, VA.

June 8, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Sweet Heaven In My View 1800s- Traditional gospel song from both African-American and white sources usually known as "Heaven in my View" and "Got Heaven in my View."

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) No Depression Circa 1936- James David Vaughan, published in his songbooks. Also known as "No Depression in Heaven."

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Bonnie Blue Eyes 1800s- Traditional arranged by Carters. “Goodbye, Little Bonnie, Blue Eyes” was first reported "written" in 1907 by Louise Rand Bascom in the 1909 JOAFL. She also states that it was "ten years older at least."

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) My Honey Lou 1897- Song by Frank M. Statia. A different song with the same title "My Honey Lou" was written in 1904 by Thurland Chattaway.

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) In The Shadow Of The Pines 1895- Song by Hattie Lummis and G.O. Long

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Answer To Weeping Willow 1936- A rewrite by the Carters of "Bury Me Beneath The Willow."

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) You’ve Been A Friend To Me 1868- Song by Will S. Hays;

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Where The Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way 1901-song by C.H. Scroggins and Charles Avril. Recordings date back to 1902. The Carters 1932 version was probably based on an earlier country recording by Emry Auther or Frank Luther.

June 9, 1936 New York, NY (Decca) Lay My Head Beneath The Rose 1879 by Ned Straight; 1897 Madison and Faulkenstein.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Broken Down Tramp 1870s- Words and Music by Thomas Herrington related to "Broken Down Sport."

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Lover’s Lane Unknown c 1900- "Lover's Lane" was apparently the first title for the song "You're The Girl of My Dreams." The song could be a rewrite of "Down de Lover's Lane" by Will Marion Cook c 1900. Not Confirmed

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Hold Fast To The Right 1906- Gospel song by James Vaughan;

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Lord I’m In Your Care Early 1900s- Traditional spiritual and is sometimes titled "Oh Lord, I'm in your Care." It was recorded first by Edward Clayborn in 1927.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Funny When You Feel That Way 1873- "It's Funny when you Feel that Way" by George Harris. Per Charles Wolfe, credits G.W. Hunt.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Hello Stranger Early 1900s- Traditional blues lyrics arranged by Carter Family.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Never Let The Devil Get The Upper Hand Of You 1684 England 1800s US- Version of the traditional ballad, "Knoxville Girl," which is the US version of the "Wittham Miller/Berkshire Tragedy/ Cruel Miller" large group of songs from the British Isles, originating as "The Bloody Miller" in 1684. In the US it is known as "The Wexford Girl," "The Oxford Tragedy," "The Expert Girl," Johnny McDowell," "The Prentice Boy."

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) When This Evening Sun Goes Down Unknown date (1937)- Unknown gospel song.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Jim Blake’s Message Circa 1909, 1910 issue of "Railroad Man's Magazine" Rewritten by Carson Robison with Peter Condon- lyrics in 1927.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Honey In That Rock 1895- Gospel song by Frederick A. Graves.

June 17, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Look How This World Has Made A Change 1800s- Traditional spiritual arranged by J.B Vaughan in 1912 and recorded by the famous Vaughan Quartet in 1928.

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Little Girl That Played On My Knee, The Late 1800s Unknown (1937 by Carters)- Based on an unknown parlor song. In the repertoire of Jennie Devlin (1865-1952) as "The Little Valley" which combines this song with a version of "Red River Valley."

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) You Better Let That Liar Alone early 1900s (1919)- "Let That Liar Alone" is a spiritual found in the Joyful Meeting in Glory Song Book No. 1 in 1919. The first recording is by Edward Clayton in 1927.

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Farewell Nellie 1800s-reworking of traditional material by Sara Carter

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Only Girl (I Ever Cared About), The 1899- Will Cobb (Words) Gus Edwards (Music) originally titled "You Are The Only Girl I Ever Cared About."

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Goodbye To The Plains Early 1900s- Traditional Western song "The Dying Cowboy of Rim Rock Ranch" arranged by Carter Family. Tune is "The Mule Song," by Edward Harrigan and Dave Braham, pub. 1882.

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains 1800s- Traditional folk song collected by Louise Bascom Rand as "My Own True Love" in 1909. Bascom Lamar Lunsford stated that this song can be classified as a "Straw-ride song." Possibly it is based upon an old religious song, "Oh, How I Love Jesus."

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) Dark Haired True Lover 1918 text is in Robert Gordon Collection #1536; Traditional Folk song;

June 18, 1937 New York, NY (Decca) He Never Came Back 1891- Words and music by William Jerome. Also titled "When We Meet on that Beautiful Shore."

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Happy in Prison Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual also known as "When I Lay my Burdens Down" arranged by Carter Family.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Walking The King’s Highway 1901- Gospel song by A.J. Showalter.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) St. Regious Girl 1800s- Usually "St. Regis Girl," it refers to an indian maiden. Version of "Red River Valley."

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Just A Few More Days 1922- Traditional hymn from Hymns of Praise: For the Church and Sunday School by F. G. Kingsbury -Hymns, English page 15. Needs confirmation.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Bring Back My boy 1800s- same song as Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy recorded in 1929. Name changed to avoid copyright infringement.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) It Is Better Farther On 1836 one verse; (1877) Trad. Arranged by L. Thompson (1911) Traditional gospel song arranged by The Carter Family.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Charlie And Nellie Traditional folk song based on earlier recordings "Nellie Dare and Charlie Brooks"

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Cuban Soldier Late 1800s early 1900s- based on an unknown song or lyrics. Sara said they got the "poetry" and either she or Maybelle put music to it.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Heart That Was broken For Me, The 1914- Southern gospel song by Judson W. Van De Venter (1855-1939)

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) You’re Nothing More To Me Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown parlor song titled "Thou Art Nothing More To Me" by Meade. It was collected and published in Frank Brown NC folk songs by Belden in 1952.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Stern Old Bachelor 1800s Traditional song related to the 1860 song, "I'm a Jolly Bachelor." "Stern Old Bachelor" first referenced in print in the 1887 newspaper "Dighton Republic" in Kansas. Possibly based on Chubby Parker's versions titled "I'm A Stern Old Bachelor."

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Little Joe 1866- by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe." First recording was "Darling Little Joe" in 1934.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Reckless Motorman 1900s- Traditional reworked by A.P. Carter Rewrite of the "Dying Brakeman" and the related "True and Trembling Brakeman" songs. According to Cohen a brakeman is also referred to as a motorman. He also said A.P collected the song on a collecting trip in Southwest, Virginia in 1937 or 1938.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) You Denied Your Love Unknown (Carters 1938)- Unknown song.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Oh, Take Me Back 1938- Traditional blues arranged by the Carters. Looks like the 3rd verse could be original. Leslie Riddle was an influence on the Carters blues songs.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) You Are My Flower Unknown (1938)- Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Who’s That Knocking At My Window 1817 as "Drowsy Sleeper"- Traditional English ballad the Drowsy Sleeper also know as "Awake Awake" and "Silver Dagger." In the US it's known also as "O Molly Dear/O Katie Dear" and has been collected by Sharp as "Awake Awake" in 1916-1917.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) They Call Her Mother Unknown Date (1938)- Unknown Song, probably by one of the Carters or their fans.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Coal Miner’s Blues Early 1900s- arranged and collected by Leslie Riddle/A.P. Carter; traditional lyrics from VA coal camp.

June 8, 1938 Charlotte, NC (Decca) Young Freda Bolt 1930- Song by Doc Shanks written in 1930 that the Carters recorded about the murder of Freeda Bolt Dec. 13, 1929 in Floyd County, VA. The Floyd County Ramblers released a version in 1930.

Carter Family Sources by Date of Recording: 1940 Columbia/Okeh/Conqueror Recordings (New Records Only)

In 1938 ARC was bought by CBS network founder William Paley. The Columbia name was kept under the CBS umbrella. In October 1940 the Carter family recorded 20 songs released on ARC/Columbia's Okeh and Conqueror labels.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Little Poplar Log House On The Hill 1930s (may be based on earlier song)- Callahan Brothers on August 16, 1934.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Dying Mother, The 1881 Nona Lawson- words and C. M. Tate- music.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Buddies In The Saddle1940- Based on an unknown song or original, attributed to Maybelle Carter.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Heaven’s Radio 1930s- Gospel song, no confirmed source, arranged by Carter Family.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Beautiful Home 1898- Song by J. Howard Entwisle and Johnson Oatman

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) There’ll Be No Distinction There Early 1900s- Traditional or based on an unknown gospel song. Carters version based on African-American sources/Blind Alfred Reed in 1929.

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Give Him One More As He Goes 1884- Words and Music by Ike Brown "I'll Give You One More as You Go."

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Lonesome For You Darling 1940- Unknown song

October 3, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Blackie’s Gunman Unknown Date; Rewrite of an unknown song. Referenced to Wilgus.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) You’ve Got To Righten That Wrong Unknown (1940)- Unknown gospel song

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Meeting In The Air 1900s- Unknown gospel song. Possible rewrite of the 1908 Pentecostal Hymn by I.G. Martin.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) My Home Among The Hills Unknown date (1940); Based on an unknown song. Similar to Autry hit song "Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine."

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Black Jack David 1740 (Ramsay) Child 200 "Gypsy Davy"- traditional English folk song; arrangement taken from Cliff Carlisle’s 1939 version which was based on David Myrick's earlier version.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Look Away From The Cross 1895 (1901 by Meade)- F.L. Eiland gospel song "From the Cross To The Crown." Professor F.L. Eiland, was a noted hymn writer whose "Hold to God's Unchanging Hands" became widely used in American churches.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) We Shall Rise 1904- J.E. Thomas gospel song "Hallelujah, We Shall Rise."

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) I Found You Among The Roses 1913 song by George Pitman.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Bear Creek Blues 1940- traditional blues verses (1920-1940) from Blind Lemon Jefferson and others from Leslie Riddle arranged by Carters. The Carters added Bear Creek to the verses.

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) I’ll Never Forsake You Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) Beautiful Isle O’er The Sea Collected 1919 as traditional song “Beautiful Light O’er The Sea” probably based on an earlier song, similar to George Copper's song "Beautiful Isle of the Sea."

October 4, 1940 Chicago, IL (Okeh/Conqueror) It’s A Long Long Road To Travel Alone 1931 words and music by BAD [pseud of Mrs. WH Do France]. Arranged by Maybelle Carter. Needs confirmation.

Carter Family Sources by Date of Recording: 1941 Victor/Bluebird Final Recordings (New Records Only)

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Why Do You Cry Little Darling? 1941- Song (according to their biographers) written by Maybelle Carter. The song references upcoming World War II.

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) You Tied A Love Knot In My Heart Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown song possibly based on the title of Wilf Carter's "There's a Love Knot in My Lariat."

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Lonesome Homesick Blues circa 1941- written by Maybelle Carter. According to the Carters biography she wrote the song when she was missing Eck, her husband. She also used a blues lick learned from Leslie Riddle.

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Dark And Stormy Weather Early 1900s- based on the traditional song "I Don't Know Why I Love Her/Him"

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) In The Valley Of The Shenandoah Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Girl On The Greenbrier Shore 1910- Traditional song collected Combs; Arranged by The Carter Family. Wolfe: based on an incident which occurred in 1896.

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Something Got A Hold Of Me 1930s- Gospel song by Warren Caplinger, is best known as "Cap" of Cap, Andy and Flip, a gospel singing trio who played over WMMN, Fairmont.

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Fifty Miles of Elbow Room No Date known; written by Herbert Buffum 1879-1939

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Keep On The Firing Line 1915- Southern gospel song by Bessie F. Hatcher.

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Waves On The Sea 1765- Tradional English ballad based on The Mermaid (Child 289). Different titles are: "The Wrecked Ship" "Black Friday," "Waves on the Sea," "Three Sailor Boys," "The Sinking Ship," and "Raging Sea."

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) Rambling Boy, The 1830 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(2054))- English folk song classified by Laws as "The Wild and Wicked Youth" [Laws L12].

October 14, 1941 New York, NY (Victor/Bluebird) You’re Gonna Be Sorry You Let Me Down Unknown (1941)- The JOAFL tried to trace this song and couldn't find the source.

............SUMMARY.............. The Carters last session for Victor yielded 12 songs, several whose sources have not been identified. The fall of 1941 was the Carters last stint on Border Radio. Sara had remarried Coy Bayes and moved permanently to California to live with him. Consolidated Royal sponsored the Carter family for another season in the fall of 1942 on WBT, a radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sara traveled from California to participate in the show.

In March 1943 with the Charlotte contract having run its term, Sara returned to her home in California, and the original Carter Family was no more. Maybelle and her daughters continued performing first as The Carters Sisters and then as Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters. A.P. went back to his "Clinch Mountain Home" and lived out the next two decades in relative obscurity, the odd man out in a new and reconfigured Carter musical clan. He ran a store, maintained a modest orchard, and enjoyed the company of his daughters, Janette and Gladys, and his son, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 04:10 PM

LINKS TO SHEET MUSIC AND REFERENCES FOR SOURCES OF CARTER FAMILY SONGS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER A-L)- SOME RECORDING LINKS

Whenever possible the link will be provided. Remember some links may change over a period of time and may no longer work. The two main sources for old sheet music are:

Levy site link: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/index.html The American Memory site link: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

Amber Tresses: 1874- "Amber Tresses Tied in Blue," Words Samuel M. Mitchell, Music H. P. Dank. Original sheet music at the Levy Site (see link above)

Anchored in Love: 1911- "Anchored in Love Divine" James Rowe & James Vaughan. Sheet Music: Heavenly Highway Hymns- 1956 Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFg3meaL60k

*Answer to Weeping Willow: 1936- A rewrite by the Carters of "Bury Me Beneath The Willow." Here is sheet music for Bury Me: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA39&dq=bury+me+beneath+the+willow+matteson&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Are You Lonesome Tonight?: 1926- Lyrics Roy Turk, music Lou Hindman. (Sheet Music is online, search: Elvis; Are You Lonesome Tonight?) Listen To Elvis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BxlM-d6aWQ

Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?: 1877- Song by Cook and Roland; Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=0q6gSVs2QyQC&pg=PA48&dq=%22Are+You+Tired+of+Me,+My+Darling%3F%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20267A

*Away Out on Saint Sabbath: 1872 Chorus, Verses unknown date- A rewrite of an unknown song based on "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" from a ballet (lyrics) set to music in 1934 by Sara. No Sheet Music Available. Chords, lyrics and a recording: http://bettylou.zzruss.com/awayoutontheoldsaintsabbath.htm

*Bear Creek Blues: 1940- traditional blues verses (1920-1940) from Blind Lemon Jefferson and others from Leslie Riddle arranged by Carters. The Carters added Bear Creek to the verses. No Sheet Music Available. Version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGfYkE7RSg0

Beautiful Home: 1898- Song by J. Howard Entwisle and Johnson Oatman. No Sheet Music Available. Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20224B

*Beautiful Isle O'er the Sea: Collected 1919 as traditional song “Beautiful Light O’er The Sea” probably based on an earlier song, maybe George Copper's song "Beautiful Isle of the Sea" (Sheet music American Memory site link above). No Sheet Music Available to Carter's song.

Behind Those Stone Walls: Early 1900s- traditional folk song titled “Saint Louis, Bright City” Laws E35d and also known as "Behind the Great Wall." No Sheet Music Available

*Birds Were Singing of You: Unknown date; based on an unknown song by A.P. Carter. No Sheet Music Available. Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20257B

Black Jack David: 1740 (Ramsay) Child 200 "Gypsy Davy"- traditional English folk song; arrangement taken from Cliff Carlisle’s 1939 version which was based on David Myrick's earlier version. Version with Notes: http://books.google.com/books?id=ueis8wUhApQC&pg=PA67&dq=gypsy+Davy&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html On-line Music: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiGYPBLJK;ttGYPBLJK.html Listen to Carlisle: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat90.html

*Blackie's Gunman: Unknown Date; Rewrite of an unknown song. Referenced to Wilgus. No Sheet Music Available

Bonnie Blue Eyes: 1800s- Traditional arranged by Carters. “Goodbye, Little Bonnie, Blue Eyes” was first reported "written" in 1907 by Louise Rand Bascom in the 1909 JOAFL. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA210&lpg=PA209&dq=Bonnie+Blue+Eyes+Rand&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ie=ISO-885

Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy: 1800s- Collected by Louise Pound in 1922http://books.google.com/books?id=7DYqAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA212&dq=Bring+Back+My+Blue+Eyed+Boy+Pound&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Traditional folk song; Listen on-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20022B

Bring Back My Boy: 1800s- same song as "Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy" above.

Broken Down Tramp: 1870s- Words and Music by Thomas Herrington related to "Broken Down Sport." Info and a similar printed version: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA347&lpg=PA350&dq=Broken+Down+Tramp+cohen&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Broken Hearted Lover: 1800s- Arrangement of an unknown traditional song; No Sheet Music Available. Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20262A

*Buddies in the Saddle: 1940- Original song or based on an unknown song, attributed to Maybelle Carter. No Sheet Music Available

Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow: 1909 Belden- traditional folk song. Various Versions on-line and printed (Google Book Search)http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA39&dq=bury+me+beneath+the+willow+matteson&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20404A

*By the Touch of Her Hand: 1935- Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter. No Sheet Music Available. Listen Here: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20222B

Can the Circle Be Unbroken: The chorus is 1907 by Words: Ada Habershon, Music: Charles Gabriel as "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Verses unknown may be from earlier Welling-McGhee recording. Sheet Music: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiCRCUNBRK;ttCRCUNBRK.html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20204A

Can't Feel at Home: 1919- Traditional folk hymn and spiritual. Sheet music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA116&dq=%22Can%27t+Feel+At+Home+in+This+World%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Cannonball (Blues): Early 1900s- Traditional song learned from Leslie Riddle based on earlier song. No Sheet Music Available. Watch and Listen to Carters on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlFyGPNmOvI

Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Texas: 1931 skit Carters with Jimmie Rodgers. No Sheet Music Available

*Carter's Blues: 1800s- Rewrite of the traditional folk song "As I Walked Out One Morning Fair" and is related to "Love Has Brought Me to Despair." The title would need to be changed to avoid copyright issues. No Sheet Music Available

Charlie and Nellie: Early 1900s- Traditional folk song based on earlier recordings "Nellie Dare and Charlie Brooks." Listen to Holland Puckett's 1927 version: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat209.html Listen to the Carter Family: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat73.html Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA211&lpg=PA210&dq=Charlie+Brooks+Nellie&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Chewing Gum: 1800s- songbook entitled "A Collection of Favorite Songs as Sung by Ben Maginley. Traditional song. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA41&dq=Chewing+Gum+Matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Church in the Wildwood: 1857 William P. Pitts; rewrite 1911 James Rowe; based on gospel song "Little Brown Church in the Vale" Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA44&dq=Church+in+the+Wildwood+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20020A

*Coal Miner's Blues: Early 1900s- arranged and collected by Leslie Riddle/A.P. Carter; traditional lyrics from VA coal camp. No Sheet Music Available. Bluegrass Video: http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Coal+Miner's+Blues&um=1&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

Cowboy Jack: 1893- Western rewrite of "Your Mother Prays for You Jack" by F. M. Eliot. Lyrics not by Carters. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=nlOK7eD5baIC&pg=PA28&dq=%22Cowboy+Jack%22&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20028B

Cowboy's Wild Song to His Herd: 1912- Based on a poem in Rhymes from the Rangeland. Wesley Beggs is considered to be the original author of the text of this song. Beggs lyrics: http://books.google.com/books?id=qbQPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA110&dq=Rhymes+from+the+Rangeland.+Wesley+Beggs&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20019A

*Cuban Soldier: Late 1800s early 1900s- based on an unknown song. Sara said they got the "poetry" and either she or Maybelle put music to it. No Sheet Music Available

*Cyclone of Rye Cove: May 2, 1929, an unusually violent storm struck the little community of Rye Cove, located in the mountains of Scott County. Song was written by A.P. Carter. No Sheet Music Available. Listen On-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20460B

Dark and Stormy Weather: Early 1900s- based on the traditional song "I Don't Know Why I Love Her/Him." No Sheet Music Available

Dark Haired True Lover: 1918 text is in Robert Gordon Collection #1536; Traditional Folk song. No Sheet Music Available

Darling Daisies: 1882- "Down by the Garden Wall" by Max Vernor. Sheet Music: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.100009549/default.html

Darling Little Joe: 1866- Song by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe." Also recorded as "Little Joe" in 1938. There are two sheet music printings, one (dated 1876) crediting it to Charles E. Addison, the other (1866) by V. E. Marsten. See Marsten's at Levy site (Link at top of page). Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20238B

*Darling Nellie Across the Sea: 1800s- Based on an unknown song. Per Charles Wolfe, Sara wrote much of the song herself (implying an antecedent). No Sheet Music Available

Diamonds in the Rough:1897- Gospel song by C.W. Byron (words) and L.L. Pickett (music). Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2aKIGrGlnwsC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA17&dq=Sea+of+Galilee+gospel+songbook&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html June Carter video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R52FaoqVwEw

Distant Land to Roam: 1902- L.M. Bandy's song "Leaving Home" No Sheet Music Available. Old-Time version on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v6-NCVtt9g

Don't Forget Me Little Darling: 1874- C.W. Vance (Words) and R. S. Crandall (Music). Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1874/05900/05986/mussm05986.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:1:./tem Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20202A

Don't Forget This Song: 1910- Traditional based on "Bad Companions" or "Young Companions." Sheet Music and info: http://books.google.com/books?id=pbLA3HzgjW8C&pg=PA186&dq=%22Bad+Companions%22+folk+song&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen (Marc Williams version): http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat261.html

Dying Mother: 1881 Nona Lawson- words and C. M. Tate; (No Sheet Music) Listen on-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20225A

*Dying Soldier: 1800s- based on an unknown song; the title may be used. No Sheet Music Available

East Virginia Blues: 1800s- Traditional Arranged by Carters. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA70&dq=east+virginia+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

East Virginia Blues No. 2: 1800s- Traditional arranged by Carters. (See above link for sheet music)

Engine 143: 1915 by Cox- traditional ballad also called the "Wreck on the C & O" based on the Oct 23, 1890 death of engineer George Alley when the FFV train on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad was wrecked by a landslide near Hinton, West Virginia. Text and Info: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA189&lpg=PA196&dq=Engine+143+cohen&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Sheet Music:http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA71&dq=engine+143+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20247A

*Evening Bells Are Ringing: 1934 based on an unknown song by A.P Carter; No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKl1vHPmd6U

Faded Coat of Blue: 1865- Civil War song by J.H. McNaughton; Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200001608/default.html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20265A

Faded Flowers: 1851- song by James Powers and JH Brown; Original sheet music at the Levy Site (see link above)

*Fate of Dewey Lee: 1935- Song about the January 31, 1931 about the murder of Dewey Lee. Based on a poem sent to A.P. Carter; No Sheet Music Available. Info and Sound Clip: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/ballads/deweylee.html

*Farewell Nellie: 1800s-reworking of traditional material by Sara Carter; No Sheet Music Available

Fifty Miles of Elbow Room: No Date known; written by Herbert Buffum 1879-1939. Sara said it was a hymn she heard in California, at Charlie and Mary Bayes's Adventist church. No Sheet Music Available. Gillian Welsh Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WtA-9tKtBE Totally different version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJOZ5k84Rqs

Foggy Mountain Top: Early 1900s- Traditional, based on earlier folk song. Collected in 1916 by Cecil Sharp- Link: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/english-folk-songs/southern-appalachians%20-%200305.htm Sheet Music: Bluegrass Picker's Tunebook; also (Search Google Books) Listen online: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20444B

Fond Affection: 1800s- traditional arranged by Carters; Various versions ("Dear Companion," "The Broken Heart;" and "Go and Leave Me If You Wish To") are found on-line (google book search) Version from 1916: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/english-folk-songs/southern-appalachians%20-%200304.htm

Forsaken Love: 1800s- traditional arranged by Carters. Various versions ("I Will Love You/Thee Always," "Out in the (Pale) Moonlight" and "I Love You Nellie/Nelly") are found on-line (google book search). Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20437B

Funny When You Feel That Way: 1873- "It's Funny when you Feel that Way" by George Harris. Per Wolfe, versions credit G.W. Hunt. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1873/14000/14066/mussm14066.db&recNum=1&itemLink=D?mussm:2:./tem

Gathering Flowers from the Hillside: 1800s, collected Belden 1909- Traditional song; arranged by The Carter Family. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20202B

Girl on the Greenbrier Shore: 1910- Traditional song collected Combs; Arranged by The Carter Family. Wolfe: based on an incident which occurred in 1896. Sheet Music: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiGRNBRIR3;ttGRNBRIR3.html Ralph Stanley's version on Utube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnf5zlexsag

Give Him One More as He Goes: 1884- Words and Music by Ike Brown "I'll Give You One More as You Go." Lyrics from 1914 publication: http://books.google.com/books?id=E6MVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=%22I'll+Give+You+One+More+as+You+Go%22&source=bl&ots=8uHBERF Version with a recording Max Hunter site: http://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/0702/index.html

Give Me Roses While I Live: 1925- James Rowe (lyrics) R. H. Cornelius (music). Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA86&dq=Give+Me+Roses+While+I+Live+Matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20249A

Give Me Your Love and I'll Give You Mine: 1902- L. A. Davis- lyrics M. J. Fitzpatrick- music "You Give Me Your Love [And I'll Give You Mine]" Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20250A

Glory to the Lamb: Circa 1900- Hymn Collection titled the “New Onward and Upward.” No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20204B

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign: 1800s, Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual usually named "I Got A Home the Rock." From Leslie Riddle-Pauline Gray. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2aKIGrGlnwsC&pg=PA32&lpg=PA2&dq=Wayne+erbsen+gospel&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Another Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=V-fs_2-hsagC&pg=PA56&dq=God+Gave+Noah+the+Rainbow+Sign&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20451B

Gold Watch and Chain: 1879- Traditional chorus based on the Reuben's Train songs. The verses are from 1879 Westendorf song, "Is There No Kiss For Me Tonight, Love." No Sheet Music Available. Ralph Stanley on Utube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdK_MOBZ0Uw

Goodbye to the Plains: Early 1900s- Traditional Western song "The Dying Cowboy of Rim Rock Ranch" arranged by Carter Family. Tune is "The Mule Song," by Edward Harrigan and Dave Braham, pub. 1882. Similar version and melody: http://books.google.com/books?id=sKlOYEg_5c8C&pg=PA497&dq=%22The+Dying+Cowboy+of+Rim+Rock+Ranch%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Gospel Ship: Circa 1900- Traditional gospel song arranged by Carter Family. Also named "Old Gospel Ship." Sheet music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA177&dq=Old+Gospel+Ship+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Oak Ridge Boys version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zK8lRlm2ao&feature=related

Grave on the Green Hillside: 1875- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2aKIGrGlnwsC&pg=PA26&dq=Grave+on+the+Green+Hillside&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen on-line: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20248B

Happiest Days of All: 1875- Will Thompson song "Gathering Shells From the Seashore." Sheet Music (lyrics on next page):http://books.google.com/books?id=f_bCmZUgDIcC&pg=PA297&dq=Gathering+Shells+From+the+Seashore&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Happy in the Prison: Early 1900s- Traditional African-American Spiritual also known as "When I Lay my Burdens Down" arranged by Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2aKIGrGlnwsC&pg=PA64&dq=%22When+I+Lay+my+Burdens+Down%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Happy or Lonesome: 1913 Dick Burnett songster- Traditional song "Are You Happy or Lonesome" arranged by Carter Family. Listen to Burnett: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20130B

He Never Came Back: 1891- Words and music by William Jerome. Also titled "When We Meet on that Beautiful Shore." Original sheet music at the Levy Site (see link top of page)

He Took a White Rose from Her Hair: Early 1900s- Traditional song "The (Little) White Rose" arranged by Carter Family. Sheet Music to a similar version from Alabama: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZG_VpWAciWsC&pg=PA290&dq=The+(Little)+White+Rose+folk+song&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20218A

Heart That Was Broken for Me: 1914- Southern gospel song by Judson W. Van De Venter (1855-1939) No Sheet Music Available

*Heaven's Radio: 1930s- Gospel song, no confirmed source, arranged by Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available

Hello Central, Give Me Heaven: 1901- Gospel song by Charles K. Harris. Original sheet music at the Levy Site (see link top of page) Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20015A

*Hello Stranger: Early 1900s- Traditional blues lyrics arranged by Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available. EmmyLou Harris video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beh9e2i1eaE

Hold Fast to the Right: 1906- Gospel song by James Vaughan; Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2aKIGrGlnwsC&pg=PA30&dq=%22Hold+Fast+to+the+Right%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Sound Clip: http://www.playingbyear.com/songs/hold-fast-to-the-right

*Home by the Sea: 1800s- Possible rewrite of "Dear Old Home Beyond the Sea" by A. Hamilton Sims and William A. Keller written in 1887. For now it's based on an unknown song. No Sheet Music Available

Home in Tennessee: circa 1925- Song by Maggie Andrews (Alias Carson Robison) titled "My Little Home in Tennessee." No Sheet Music Available

Homestead on the Farm: 1909- "I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home" by Lambert and Vandersloot. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to Mac Wiseman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS9OuuNXO1s&feature=related

Honey in the Rock: 1895- Gospel song by Frederick A. Graves. Sheet Music: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Honey_in_the_Rock/score/

I Ain't Goin' to Work Tomorrow: Early 1900s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA20&lpg=PA4&dq=Ain%27t+Goin%27+to+Work+Tomorrow+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output= Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20420B

I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart: 1899 song written by Abbie Ford titled "Under the Pale Moonlight." No Sheet Music Available. Listen to version by Howard Peak: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat211.html

I Found You Among the Roses: 1913 song by George Pitman. Original sheet music at the Levy Site (see link top of page)

I Have an Aged Mother: 1882- Broadside by I.M. Williams titled "Ten Thousand Miles Away" also known as "On The Banks of A Lonely River." Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1882/16100/16161/mussm16161.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:4:./tem Listen to Darby & Tarlton: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20188A

I Have No One to Love Me (But the Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea): 1839- British Ballad "Sweet William." Also known as “Captain Tell me True” and first recorded in 1924 by Gid Tanner as "Sailor Boy." Printed version from 1913: http://books.google.com/books?id=ttMWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA410&dq=+Captain+Tell+me+True+&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

I Loved You Better Than You Knew: 1893 song by Johnny Carroll. Sheet Music (enter title): http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm Listen: http://www.playingbyear.com/songs/i-loved-you-better-than-you-knew

I Never Loved But One: 1865 song by Armand titled "Those Dark Eyes" also known as "Dark Eyes." Original sheet music by Armand at the Levy Site (see link top of page)

I Never Will Marry: 1864 song "Oh, My Love's Gone" 1906 Belden. Other names are "The Shells of the Ocean" and "Down by the Sea Shore." Sheet Music: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiNEVMARRY;ttNEVMARRY;ttNEVMARY2.html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20249B

I Wouldn't Mind Dying: 1800s Traditional African-American gospel song arranged by The Carter Family. It's also titled "Bye and Bye We're Going To See The King." No Sheet Music Available. Listen to Rev. IB Ware(click on second song):http://ramone666.blogspot.com/2008/12/american-primitives.html

If One Won't Another One Will: 1887 Wehman's Collection of Songs; Collected by Belden in 1904- Traditional song also titled "The Lonesome (Stormy) Scenes of Winter" [Laws H12]. Lyric Version: http://books.google.com/books?id=ATEMh0OAXocC&pg=PA298&dq=%22Scenes+of+Winter%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

I'll Be All Smiles Tonight: 1879 song by T.B. Ranson. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20015B Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7-35NG_Aek

*I'll Be Home Someday: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available. Listen:http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20265B

*I'll Never Forsake You: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20225B

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes: 1800s- Traditional song arranged by The Carter Family. Other names include "In the Shadow of the Pines" and "Broken Ties." Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20219B

I'm Working on a Building: Traditional African-American gospel song from Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA241&dq=I%27m+Working+on+a+Building+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=htmlListen to Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW5xLYuovu0

In a Little Village Churchyard: 1918- "In That Dear Old Village Churchyard" from Primitive Baptist Hymn Book and Tune Book compiled by Elder John Daily. Needs confirmation. Another song has the same title "In a Little Village Churchyard- II" which is known as "Mother's Grave." It's from "Since My mother's Dead And Gone" by Phil Mowrey, Harry Percy. Version, recording and lyrics: http://www.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/gilbertplant1307.html

*In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available

In the Shadow of the Pines: 1890- Song by Hattie Lummis and G.O. Long. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?dukesm:2:./temp/~ammem_GIpP::@@@mdb=mcc,gottscho,detr,nfor,wpa,aap,cwar,bbpix,cowellbib,ca Info, lyrics and melody: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZG_VpWAciWsC&pg=PA258&lpg=PA260&dq=In+the+Shadow+of+the+Pines&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*In the Valley of the Shenandoah: Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. Arranged by The Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available

It Is Better Farther On: 1836 one verse; (1877) Trad. Arranged by L. Thompson (1911) Traditional gospel song arranged by The Carter Family. No Sheet Music Available. Video with Keyboard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtrBeQE1vDA

*It'll Aggravate Your Soul: 1934 song by A.P. Carter based on one verse of traditional lyrics. No Sheet Music Available

*It's a Long Long Road to Travel Alone: 1931 words and music by BAD [pseud of Mrs. WH Do France]. Arranged by Maybelle Carter. Needs confirmation. No Sheet Music Available

Jealous Hearted Me: 1924- Based on traditional blues lyrics by Lovie Austin, “Jealous Hearted Blues” recorded by Ma Rainey. Arranged by The Carter Family from Leslie Riddle. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20228A

Jim Blake's Message: Circa 1909, 1910 issue of "Railroad Man's Magazine" Rewritten by Carson Robison with Peter Condon- lyrics in 1927. Sheet Music: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/ttJIMBLAKE.html Info and lyrics: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA333&lpg=PA336&dq=Jim+Blake%27s+Message+cohen&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy: 1875 song by William Shakespeare Hays “Jimmie Brown (The Paper Boy)”. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=0q6gSVs2QyQC&pg=PA97&dq=Jimmie+Brown+The+Paper+Boy&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20433B

*Jimmie Rodgers Visits the Carter Family: 1931- Song-and-spoken-word skit by The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. No Sheet Music Available

John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man: Late 1800s- Traditional song arranged by the Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA134&dq=john+Hardy+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Just a Few More Days: 1922- Traditional hymn from Hymns of Praise: For the Church and Sunday School by F. G. Kingsbury -Hymns, English page 15. Needs confirmation. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20238A

Just Another Broken Heart: 1890s- Carter's arrangement of the folk song usually known as "Only Flirting," "Only a Broken Heart" or "She was Only Flirting." Lyric Version: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZG_VpWAciWsC&pg=PA50&dq=%22Only+a+Broken+Heart%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Keep on the Firing Line: 1915- Southern gospel song by Bessie F. Hatcher. Sara said it was a hymn she heard in California, at Charlie and Mary Bayes's Adventist church. Sheet Music: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Keep_on_the_Firing_Line/score/

Keep on the Sunny Side: 1899- Gospel song by Ada Blenkhorn and J Howard Entwisle. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA143&dq=Keep+on+the+Sunny+Side+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20008B

*Kissing Is a Crime: 1800s- Date unknown- Based on an unknown song. It resembles the Scottish song "Some Say that Kissing's a Sin" published in 1829. No Sheet Music Available

Kitty Waltz: 1872 music; lyrics 1926 Al Hopkins- arranged by the Carter Family. No Sheet Music with Lyrics Available. Music at American Memory. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20263B

Last Move for Me: Circa 1926- Gospel song by Herbert Buffum (1879-1939) "When I make My Last Move." No Sheet Music Available

Lay My Head Beneath the Rose: 1879 by Ned Straight; 1897 Madison and Faulkenstein. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20228B

Let the Church Roll On: 1800s-Traditional African-American gospel song from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gray arranged by The Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=FuRS9uzSlxMC&pg=PA249&dq=Let+the+Church+Roll+On&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur3ZBIweGcA

Let's Be Lovers Again: 1893 song by Gussie Davis titled, "Jack and May (Make Up and Be Lover's Again)." Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20219A

Little Black Train: Late 1800s (Cohen)- Traditional gospel song arranged by the Carter Family. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=i_J4Ii9oArsC&pg=PA46&dq=Little+Black+Train+lomax&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Various recordings and videos on YouTube, Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKX0uDruAWw

Little Darlin' Pal of Mine: Early 1900s- Traditional lyrics melody is the spiritual "When The World's On Fire." It's also titled "Little Sweetheart Pal Of Mine" or "My Little Girl." Listen:http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20013B

*Little Girl That Played On My Knee, The: Late 1800s Unknown (1937 by Carters)- Based on an unknown parlor song. In the repertoire of Jennie Devlin (1865-1952) as "The Little Valley" which combines this song with a version of "Red River Valley." No Sheet Music Available

Little Joe: 1866- by V. E. Marsten "Death of Little Joe"; "Little Joe" was recorded by the Carters in 1938. First recording was "Darling Little Joe" in 1934. There are two sheet music printings, one (dated 1876) crediting it to Charles E. Addison, the other (1866) by V. E. Marsten. See Marsten's at Levy site (Link above). Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20238B

Little Log Cabin by the Sea: 1903- song by W.C. Hapley titled "Bible in the Cabin by the Sea." No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20022A Listen to another version: http://www.playingbyear.com/songs/bible-in-the-cabin-by-the-sea

Little Log Hut in the Lane: 1879- Thomas Westendorf (Going From De Cottonfields) usally titled, "I'm Going From the Cottonfields." Original sheet music "Going From De Cottonfields" at the Levy Site (see link at top of page).

Little Moses: circa 1871- traditional gospel ballad about story of Moses harmonized by G.R. Street. Collected by Belden 1905. Listen: http://www.archive.org/details/CarterFamily-01-10

*Little Poplar Log House on the Hill: 1930s (may be based on earlier song)- Callahan Brothers on August 16, 1934. The Carter Family recorded their version 6 years later. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20203A

Lonesome for You: 1918- song "I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome" by Brockman and Vincent (words) and Kendis (music). Sheet Music: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/sheetmusic/devincent.do?&id=LL-SDV-258046&q1=LL-SDV-258046&sid=cbf2456ac03996ea2639feefa04bac31 Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBStzsRE3T4

*Lonesome for You Darling: 1940- Unknown song; No Sheet Music Available

*Lonesome Homesick Blues: circa 1941- written by Maybelle Carter. According to the Carters biography she wrote the song when she was missing Eck, her husband. She also used a blues lick learned from Leslie Riddle. No Sheet Music Available

*Lonesome Pine Special circa 1930- Railroad song attributed to Sara Carter by Janette Carter in a talk to a music class at Warren Wilson College. Janette is the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=m6T2G900f4sC&pg=PA22&dq=%22Lonesome+Pine+Special%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Recording and info: http://www.aca-dla.org/cgi-bin/viewer.exe?CISOROOT=/WarrenWilson&CISOPTR=2563&CISORESTMP=/site-templates/search_results.html&CIS

Lonesome Valley: 1800s- Traditional spiritual from both white and black sources. The song was probably from Leslie Riddle but popular versions by both Dalhart and Jenkins had been circulating. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2cSm0Gha0acC&pg=PA35&dq=Lonesome+Valley&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to 1936 version by Dixie Reelers: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20276B

Longing for Old Virginia: 1915- E. Clinton Keithley song "I'm Longing for Old Virginia and You." Original Lyrics: http://books.google.com/books?id=AC05AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA13&dq=%22I%27m+Longing+for+Old+Virginia+and+You.%22&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYP Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tlyOc0RULU

Look Away from the Cross: 1895 (1901 by Meade)- F.L. Eiland gospel song "From the Cross To The Crown." Professor F.L. Eiland, was a noted hymn writer whose "Hold to God's Unchanging Hands" became widely used in American churches. Video of Chuck Wagon Gang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL0VxrJyoJk

Look How This World Has Made a Change: 1800s- Traditional spiritual arranged by J.B Vaughan in 1912 and recorded by the famous Vaughan Quartet in 1928. Listen (click on icons on left): http://mobile.mystrands.com/track/2174011;jsessionid=F25C46DE6ACA87893CCE8DA1CE6E599A.mob1

Lord, I'm in Your Care: Early 1900s- Traditional spiritual and is sometimes titled "Oh Lord, I'm in your Care." It was recorded first by Edward Clayborn in 1927. No Sheet Music Available

Lover's Farewell; 1849- "Thou Hast Learned to Love Another" or "Farewell, farewell, Forever" by Charles Slade. "We Have Met and We Have Parted" which is dated by Meade as circa 1870s. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm2/sm1849/451000/451430/mussm451430.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:2:. Listen to a version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsIE2SBHRno

*Lover's Lane: Unknown c 1900- "Lover's Lane" was apparently the first title for the song "You're The Girl of My Dreams." The song could be a rewrite of "Down de Lover's Lane" by Will Marion Cook c 1900. Not Confirmed. No Sheet Music Available

Lover's Return:1800s- Traditional folk song usually called "Too Late" or "Too Late You Have to Come Back to Me." Sheet music to Similar Version:http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA266&dq=%22The+Last+Farewell%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpJ_mGE-Mpg

Lulu Walls: 1800s (Jan. 1888 Meade); Wehman's Collection of Songs. Unknown author from 1800s. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA160&dq=lulu+walls+matteson&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=h


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 06:59 PM

LINKS TO SHEET MUSIC AND REFERENCES FOR SOURCES OF CARTER FAMILY SONGS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER M-Z)- SOME RECORDING LINKS

Whenever possible the link will be provided. Remember some links may change over a period of time and may no longer work. The two main sources for old sheet music are:

Levy site link: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/index.html The American Memory site link: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

*March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away: 1900s- Rewrite of traditional blues lyrics associated with "Trouble in Mind" and "I Know You Rider": "The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day (2X) Wind's gonna rise and blow my blues away." No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20268B

Meet Me by the Moonlight Alone: circa 1812- Traditional song. Evolved from lyrics by J. Augustine Wade (http://books.google.com/books?id=p6gQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA128&dq=Meet+Me+by+the+Moonlight+Alone&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html), also titled "The Prisoner's Song" as recorded by Vernon Dalhart. Info page 374 and a version with music: http://books.google.com/books?id=FbTOKRGC3SIC&pg=PA375&lpg=PA373&dq=Meet+Me+by+the+Moonlight+Alone&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Rutherford and Foster: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat334.html

*Meeting in the Air: 1900s- Unknown gospel song. Possible rewrite of the 1908 Pentecostal Hymn by I.G. Martin. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DZsEWigZ4M

'Mid the Green Fields of Virginia: 1898- song by Charles K. Harris. Original sheet music: http://digital.library.msstate.edu/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/SheetMusic&CISOPTR=8561&filename=8562.pdf Listen to the Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q2TQrlP8jM

Motherless Children: 1904- S.C. Brown (words) and Charles Dryscoll (Music) Motherless Children is also traditional from African-American sources. They learned this song from Leslie Riddle. Blind Willie Johnson text: http://books.google.com/books?id=Lqb4ICh-1QwC&pg=PA143&lpg=PA143&dq=%22Motherless+Children%22&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Blind Willie Johnson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9MLrjSR4f8

*Mountains of Tennessee: Unknown (1934)- unknown song. Seems like a rewrite of the song, "Sweet Sunny South." The song has different chords and melody but the lyrics and form are very similar. The "cool shady nook" line is found in Katie Kline. No Sheet Music Available

*My Clinch Mountain Home: Circa 1911- Reported to be the first song A.P. wrote: Wanting to earn enough money to buy himself a piece of land, A.P. left his home in 1911 and set out for Richmond, Indiana (as his father had done), to work on the railroad but came down with typhoid fever and quickly returned home. Family members recall that he wrote his first song while he rode the train back to Virginia, "My Clinch Mountain Home." The chorus and sentiment are based on James A. Bland's 1878 song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." The verse is the melody of the "Battleship of Maine." No Sheet Music Available. Listen:http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20013A

My Dixie Darling: 1907- song by Gillispie and Weinrich titled "Dixie Darlings." Original sheet music: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/sheetmusic/devincent.do;jsessionid=CFAE58B1787386E300FA3D490E1B3D03?c=02&p=1&id=LL-SDV-201044&s= Carters (new version) on youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHIjE7fxRc8

My Heart's Tonight in Texas: 1900 also rewrite 1913- This western folk song is credited to Roden-Max S. Witt in 1900. It was published by the title "Down by the Silvery Rio Grande" in 1913 by Dave Weisberg, R. F. Roden, and music-Charles Speidel. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20019B

*My Home Among the Hills: Unknown date (1940); Based on an unknown song. Similar to Autry hit song "Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20203B

My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains: 1800s- Traditional folk song collected by Louise Bascom Rand as "My Own True Love" in 1909. Bascom Lamar Lunsford stated that this song can be classified as a "Straw-ride song." Possibly it is based upon an old religious song, "Oh, How I Love Jesus." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA171&dq=My+Home%27s+Across+the+Blue+Ridge+Mountains+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&out Listen to bluegrass version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFt9zirp4Cw

My Honey Lou: 1897- Song by Frank M. Statia. A different song with the same title "My Honey Lou" was written in 1904 by Thurland Chattaway. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20231B

*My Little Home in Tennessee: 1926- Song by Carson Robison. Folk version: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZG_VpWAciWsC&pg=PA276&dq=%22My+Little+Home+in+Tennessee%22&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ie=ISO-8

My Native Home: 1855- "My Dear, My Native Home", music by John Rogers Thomas, words by Charles Hart. Carters learned it from a woman in Russell County, VA. Original sheet music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm2/sm1855/781000/781080/mussm781080.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:1:. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20230B

My Old Cottage Home: Circa 1880- Song by R.A. Glenn; Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=0q6gSVs2QyQC&pg=PA128&dq=The+Bluegrass+Gospel+Songbook+cottage+home&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SmQ8kUfe-U

*My Old Virginia Home: Unknown Date (1935 by Carters); Unknown song. Fiddler Miller Wikel recorded a song by that title twice but the sides were not released. "My Old Virginia Home" by Charles Frey in 1855 is similar in sentiment but not the same song. No Sheet Music Available

*My Texas Girl: Unknown Date (1935 by Carters)- Unknown western song possibly a rewrite of one of the "Sleepy Rio Grande" songs. Bob Miller's 1934 songbook had the song "Sleepy Rio Grande." Other titles include: "Where the Sleepy Rio's Flowing," and "By the Sleepy Rio Grande." Possibly based on the Carson Robison, Frank Luther song "Sleepy Rio Grande" backed by "When it's springtime in the Rockies" which was a huge hit for Victor in 1929. No Sheet Music Available

*My Virginia Rose Is Blooming: Unknown Date (Carters in 1935). Unknown song collected by Perry in the JOAFL 1945. It seems like a rewrite by A.P. of "Yellow Rose of Texas." No Sheet Music Available

Never Let the Devil Get the Upper Hand of You: 1684 England 1800s US- Version of the traditional ballad, "Knoxville Girl," which is the US version of the "Wittham Miller/Berkshire Tragedy/ Cruel Miller" large group of songs from the British Isles, originating as "The Bloody Miller" in 1684. In the US it is known as "The Wexford Girl," "The Oxford Tragedy," "The Expert Girl," Johnny McDowell," "The Prentice Boy." Sheet music: http://books.google.com/books?id=Xwicw5kc3G0C&pg=PA105&dq=Knoxville+Girl&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen and Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwXa1owy58o

No Depression in Heaven: Circa 1936- James David Vaughan, published in his songbooks. Also known as "No Depression." Listen and Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cFjyHGXhU0

No More the Moon Shines on Lorena: circa 1889- Song by Louis Staab. The song has been recorded titled as "Lorena" "Lorina" and "Lorrainna" according to Meade. The other song is the Civil War song "Lorena" which is a different yet similar song. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20431B

No Other's Bride I'll Be: 1869- C.A. White's song "Widow in the Cottage by the Sea." Meade references another publication in 1869 by C. P. Bishop. Another song "Cottage by the Sea" by J. R Thomas is a diferent song. Collected version with melody: http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA160&lpg=PA160&dq=Widow+in+the+Cottage+by+the+Sea&source=bl&ots=ORUGJYlZQZ&sig

No Telephone in Heaven: 1899 Werner's Readings and Recitations; Meade sites Delaney's Recitations #3 (Willian W. Delaney, Circa 1910); Link to 1899 Werner's Readings and Recitations: http://books.google.com/books?id=THsCAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA171&dq=No+Telephone+in+Heaven&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20246B

Oh, Take Me Back: 1938- Traditional blues arranged by the Carters. Looks like the 3rd verse could be original. Leslie Riddle was an influence on the Carters blues songs. No Sheet Music Available

On a Hill Lone and Gray: 1894- Southern gospel song (There's A Hill Lone and Grey) written by Beverly Francis Caradine and appears in Truths and Triumphs for Revivals. Music and lyrics: http://www.clparker.com/SH/shbook/shbk22.html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20266B

On My Way to Canaan's Land: 1800s- Traditional spiritual usually known as "I'm on my Way to Canaan's Land" or just "I'm On My Way." According to one author, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the song come from the traditional "If You Go Don't Hinder Me." The Pace Jubilee Singers 1927 recording was titled "I'll Journey On." The Carter's recording surely came from Leslie Riddle/Pauline Gary. During the 60s Civil Rights movement the song was changed to "I'm on my Way to Freedom Land." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=2cSm0Gha0acC&pg=PA29&dq=%22I%27m+on+my+Way+to+Freedom+Land%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20028A A different version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kce4TVWMEp0

On the Rock Where Moses Stood: 1800s- Traditional spiritual also known as "Crying Holy Unto The Lord." It's perhaps derived from the spiritual "Elijah Rock." First recorded by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet in 1924 as "Crying to the Lord." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA55&dq=Crying+Holy+Unto+The+Lord+Matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20021B

On the Sea of Galilee: Circa 1709- Isaac Watts (Two Verses)- Spiritual recorded by the Carters in 1933 for Victor and then they changed the name to avoid copyright issue when they recorded the song for ARC in 1935 as "Sea of Galilee." EmmyLou Harris on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umbD0-Gxxbg Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20220B

One Little Word: 1899- Song written by Gussie Davis. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20267B

Only Girl (I Ever Cared About): 1899- Will Cobb (Words) Gus Edwards (Music) originally titled "You Are The Only Girl I Ever Cared About." No Sheet Music Available

Over the Garden Wall: 1879- Written by the minstrel showmen Harry Hunter and George D. Fox. Sara Carter said "that was an old ballet given to us by an old lady in Tennessee." Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?dukesm:2:./temp/~ammem_nAFb::@@@mdb=mcc,gottscho,detr,nfor,wpa,aap,cwar,bbpix,cowellbib,ca Listen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRKTOznVk_s

*Picture on the Wall: Circa 1927- Song by Bud Landress of Georgia Yellow Hammers. Wolfe says Sara recalled that they had learned it 'from an old record'. He credits Carters song to Landress and almost certainly they learned from the 1927 Yellow Hammers hit recording. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20258A

Poor Little Orphaned Boy: 1874 (Meade)- Traditional. The first recording was made in 1928 by Buell Kazee. No Sheet Music Available

Poor Orphan Child: 1898- Gospel song "Saviour Lead Them Orphans" by H.W. Elliot and Emmett Dean. No Sheet Music Available

Rambling Boy: 1830 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(2054))- English folk song classified by Laws as "The Wild and Wicked Youth" [Laws L12]. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20004B Version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HyEWJtT8Ow

Reckless Motorman: 1900s- Traditional reworked by A.P. Carter Rewrite of the "Dying Brakeman" and the related "True and Trembling Brakeman" songs. According to Cohen a brakeman is also referred to as a motorman. He also said A.P collected the song on a collecting trip in Southwest, Virginia in 1937 or 1938. Version with Music and info: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA257&lpg=PA257&dq=True+and+Trembling+Brakeman+cohen&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to a version: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.afc.afc9999005.4285/default.html

River of Jordan: 1800s (1915 recording)- Listed under "Some of These Days" [Me III-C 27]. Other names include: "God's Gonna Set This World On Fire" and "Jacob's Ladder." Shelton Brooks song titled "Some of These Days" is a different song as is the Poplin Family's "River Of Jordan." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA90&dq=God%27s+Gonna+Set+This+World+On+Fire+Matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20220A

Room in Heaven for Me: Circa 1900- James Vaughan song titled "Is There Room for Me?" Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=AQMca_ptzbMC&pg=PA6&dq=%22Is+There+Room+for+Me%3F%22+Vaughan&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20020B

Sad and Lonesome Day: 1927- Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See that my Grave is Kept Clean." Blues the Carters probably learned it from a member of their Kingsport blues group that included Brownie McGee, Leslie Riddle and Sam Lyons. Also known as "Two White Horses in a Line" and "One Kind Favor." Original lyrics some info: http://books.google.com/books?id=K7AFBrvT9ukC&pg=PA38&dq=%22See+that+my+Grave+is+Kept+Clean%22&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Sailor Boy: 1800s- Traditional ballad listed as "The Faithful Sailor Boy" [Laws K13] and by Meade as "Sailor Boy's Farewell." It was first recorded by Gid Tanner of Skillet Licker fame in 1924. Vernon Dalhart's 1925 version titled "Sailor Boy's Farewell" was popular. Early collected version with info: http://books.google.com/books?id=7xzvsQoQUywC&pg=PA364&dq=The+Faithful+Sailor+Boy&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Related version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5KcndGrHr4

School House on the Hill: 1907- Gospel song by Aldine Kieffer (1840– 1904) titled "The School House On The Hill." A different yet similar song by W.S. Hays that has the same title can be found at American Memory. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to the Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elCtQ4Xivd0

Sea of Galilee: Sea of Galilee is another title for "On the Sea of Galilee" which was recorded twice by the Carters with two titles. It is already covered above under the O titles "On the Sea of Galilee." Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20220B

See That My Grave Is Kept Green: 1879- Gus William's song. Speculation about Williams song being the the source for Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See that my Grave is Kept Clean" is unfounded and only the title itself appears to have been used. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1876/03100/03110/mussm03110.db&recNum=0&itemLink=r?ammem/mussm:@ Audio (scroll down): http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/smhtml/audiodir.html

*Single Girl, Married Girl; Late 1800s- Traditional song; According to the Carters biography the song came from Mollie Carter, A.P.'s mother and it was a well-known old song. Sheet music and TAB: http://books.google.com/books?id=rseBhfKtIhQC&pg=PA64&dq=Single+Girl+Married+girl+carter&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to the Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub6Bj08X2PA

Sinking in the Lonesome Sea: 1685 broadside- Version of "The Golden Willow Tree" or "Lowlands Low" which is the English ballad "The Golden Vanity" Child 286. One version (search google books for more): http://books.google.com/books?id=WOQ9AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA62&dq=%22Lowlands+Low%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20205A

Something Got a Hold of Me: 1930s- Gospel song by Warren Caplinger, is best known as "Cap" of Cap, Andy and Flip, a gospel singing trio who played over WMMN, Fairmont. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: (see YouTube for version).

Spirit of Love Watches Over Me: circa 1840-gospel song by George Lindley(1798-1865), the original title was "Thou Art Gone from My Gaze." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=5j5mjysbyeoC&pg=PA80&dq=Thou+Art+Gone+from+My+Gaze&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Sow 'Em on the Mountain: 1800s- Traditional spiritual "Sowing on the Mountain." May be based on the verse of the 1874 hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves." There is also a relationship in form and content to "This Train is Bound for Glory. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to a version on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ky26KF-i70

St. Regious Girl:1800s- Usually "St. Regis Girl," it refers to an indian maiden. Version of "Red River Valley." No Sheet Music Available

Stern Old Bachelor: 1800s Traditional song related to the 1860 song, "I'm a Jolly Bachelor." "Stern Old Bachelor" first referenced in print in the 1887 newspaper "Dighton Republic" in Kansas. Possibly based on Chubby Parker's versions titled "I'm A Stern Old Bachelor." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=gdYR2K7dy3MC&pg=PA354&dq=Stern+Old+Bachelor&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Storms Are on the Ocean: 1800s- Variant of the large "True Lover's Farewell" folk song family (Child #76) originating in British Isles ("The Lass of Roch Royal") also called: "Fare You Well, My Own True Love" and the "Ten Thousand Miles." The first collected version in the US is 1906 (Belden). The Carters verses are found in Sharp No. 114 A, link: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/english-folk-songs/southern-appalachians%20-%200308.htm Chorus is found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=ATEMh0OAXocC&pg=RA1-PA272&dq=Raging+Sea+folk+song&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20205B

Sun of the Soul: 1917- Southern gospel song by Curtis Williams titled "When the Lights Have gone Out In Your Soul." Recorded in 1927 by Ernest Phipps and his Congregation for Victor "If the Lights Gone Out of Your Soul." No Sheet Music Available

Sunshine in the Shadows: Early 1900s- "Heavenly Sunshine" by Lucy Eddie Campbell from Duck Hill, Mississippi. First recorded by Laura Henton in the 1920s. The Carters probably got this gospel song from Leslie Riddle or Pauline Gray. Link to info:http://www.memphishistory.org/TheChurch/TheBaptistChurch/LucieCampbell/tabid/151/Default.aspx

Sweet as the Flowers in May Time: 1800s (Randolph collected a version learned prior to 1900)- Traditional song usually known as "My Mother/Mama Scolds Me For Flirting." First recorded by the Carolina Tar Heels in 1927. The Carters extra verse is taken from the chorus of the 1867 song "Where There's A Will There's A Way." Listen to Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20257A Listen to Carolina Tar Heels: http://www.honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20409A

Sweet Fern: 1876- Song by Thomas Westendorf and George Persley titled "Sweet Bird." According to Charles Wolfe "Sweet Fern" was a song A.P. found in his collecting trips into the east Tennessee hills. No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20264A

Sweet Heaven in My View: 1800s- Traditional gospel song from both African-American and white sources usually known as "Heaven in my View" and "Got Heaven in my View." No Sheet Music. Available Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20250B

Tell Me That You Loved Me: 1866- Will S. Hayes (See sheet music in Levy Collection- link above) The Carters title was probably to prevent copyright problems as the song had already been recorded by Stoneman and Kincaid as "We Parted By The Riverside."

There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy: 1800s- Spiritual usually known as "In My Father's House." It was recorded first by the Four Wanderers in 1929. A version (In My Father's House) is printed in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag. A version, "There'll Be No Liars There," was recorded in 1927 by the Hickory Nuts.

There'll Be No Distinction There: Early 1900s- Traditional or based on an unknown gospel song. Carters version based on African-American sources/Blind Alfred Reed in 1929. Sheet Music in Bluegrass Picker's Tune book by Mel Bay.

There's No Hiding Place Down Here: 1800s- Spiritual (No Hiding Place) first recorded by the Famous Jubilee Singers in 1927. The probable source is the Carter's African-American contacts Leslie Riddle and Pauline Gray. Listen to African-American version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYHWZyRSMU&feature=related Listen to bluegrass version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZZNcPMPGHo

There's No One Like Mother to Me: 1877 (1885 Davis)- According to the Carters biographers "There's No One Like Mother to Me" is word for word as poem Maybelle cut out of a magazine. The poem was actually a "pretty home song" by Charles A. Davies published in 1877 by JC GROENE & Co., 24 and 42 Arcade, Cincinnati, Ohio. Gussie Davis also published the song in 1885. Sheet music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1885/25900/25967/mussm25967.db&recNum=1&itemLink=D?mussm:1:./tem

There's Someone Awaiting for Me: Pre-1861 (Meade)- Unknown parlor song "There's Somebody Waiting For Me." Not to be confused with the Von Tilzer song by the same title from 1902. Lyric Version: http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA216&lpg=PA217&dq=THERE%27S+SOMEbody+WAITING+FOR+ME&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20433A

*They Call Her Mother: Unknown Date (1938)- Unknown Song, probably by one of the Carters or their fans. No Sheet Music Available.

This Is Like Heaven to Me: 1903- J.E. French's gospel song with the same title. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=AQMca_ptzbMC&pg=PA58&dq=%22This+Is+Like+Heaven+to+Me%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Two Sweethearts: 1897- Popular parlor song by E.P. Morgan (words) and J. Fred Helf (music). No Sheet Music Available.

Wabash Cannonball: 1882- Originally from "The Great Rock Island Route" credited to J. A. Roff. It rewritten in 1904 as "Wabash Cannon Ball," perhaps by William Kindt. Cohen suspects the rewrite preceeded Kindt's 1904 publication, and common tune is not the same as either Roff's or Kindt's. Sheet Music Early Version and info: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA373&dq=Wabash+Cannonball+cohen&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA226&dq=Wabash+Cannonball+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to Carters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDNHmeiTg94

Walking in the King's Highway: 1901- Gospel song by A.J. Showalter (needs confirmation). Carters seems based on African- American spritual versions. No Sheet Music Available

Wandering Boy: 1884- R.S. Hanna song "Somebody's Boy is Homeless Tonight" No Sheet Music Available. Lyric version: http://books.google.com/books?id=g3JtLNe3nroC&pg=PA370&dq=Somebody%27s+Boy+is+Homeless+Tonight&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Wave on the Sea: 1765- Tradional English ballad based on The Mermaid (Child 289). Different titles are: "The Wrecked Ship" "Black Friday," "Waves on the Sea," "Three Sailor Boys," "The Sinking Ship," and "Raging Sea." No Sheet Music Available. Listen: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20004A

Wayworn Traveler: 1836- Song by John B. Matthias "Deliverance Will Come." Recorded by Uncle Dave Macon in 1926. No Sheet Music Available. Info with lyrics and recordings: http://www.bobdylanroots.com/deliv.html Version with lyrics and recording: http://www.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/mcinturffwayworn1270.html

We Shall Rise: 1904- J.E. Thomas gospel song "Hallelujah, We Shall Rise." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA99&dq=Hallelujah,+We+Shall+Rise+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxBhWUblRs

We Will March Through the Streets of the City: 1800s- Gospel song based in existing lyrics from revival hymns and shape-note hymns. The first verse is also well known in the African-American church. The melody is similar to the Red River Valley and is sometimes played in a Dixieland context. No Sheet Music Available.

Weary Prodigal Son:1889- Gospel song "Calling the Prodigal" by Charles H. Gabriel. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=HP5DRe4og7AC&pg=PA68&dq=Calling+the+Prodigal&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Western Hobo: Late 1800s- Traditional song "Wild and Reckless Hobo" or "The Railroad Bum." The Carters 1929 title is surely to avoid copyright issues. Meade lumps the song into the vast "Ten Thousand Miles from Home" group which is Laws H2. The famous Jimmie Rodgers song "Waiting For the Train" is one of the best known versions. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=AY7St4-8x10C&pg=PA355&dq=Wild+and+Reckless+Hobo&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to a version: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20332B

When I'm Gone: 1874- Delehanty and Hengler's song "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone," first recorded by Blind Alfred Reed in 1928. The Carters may have based their version on his. Copy in Americana Collection Stanford Library on-line.

When Silver Threads Are Gold Again: 1875- Song by Eben Rexford and Hart Danks. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1875/05900/05919/mussm05919.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:4:./tem

When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland: 1913- Song by George "Honeyboy" Evans. No Sheet Music Available

When the Roses Come Again: 1874- Song by Arthur W. French and George W. Persley. Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1874/13000/13099/mussm13099.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:3:./tem

When the Springtime Comes Again: 1856- Based on Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie." This is not the song by C.W. Baker with that title. Charles Wolfe notes: "the song was one she [Sara] knew as "Little Annie". She learned it from a neighbor of A.P.'s who gave them the ballet for it (ie the written and printed lyrics)." Foster Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1884/06700/06767/mussm06767.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:9:./tem Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20464B

When the World's on Fire: 1800s- Spiritual from the African-American tradition. The Carters use the same melody in "Little Darling Pal of Mine." Recorded as "Rock of Ages" by Blind Willie Davis, a black singer-guitarist from McComb, Mississippi in 1928. Probably they learned his version from Leslie Riddle, who showed Maybelle slide guitar which she plays on this selection. Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20008A

*When This Evening Sun Goes Down: Unknown date (1937)- Unknown gospel song. No Sheet Music Available

Where Shall I Be?: Late 1800s (1908)- African-American spiritual and Pentecostal hymn recorded in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson (as Deacon Bates) and also by the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet. The Carters learned the traditional Pentecostal hymn version arranged by R.E. Winsett in a 1908 hymnal "Songs of Pentecostal Power." Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=AQMca_ptzbMC&pg=PA38&dq=%22Where+Shall+I+Be%3F%22++spiritual&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20021A

Where the Silvery Colorado Winds Its Way: 1901-song by C.H. Scroggins and Charles Avril. Recordings date back to 1902. The Carters 1932 version was probably based on an earlier country recording by Emry Auther or Frank Luther. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to the Cartershttp://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20231A

Where We'll Never Grow Old: Early 1920s- Gospel song by James C. Moore. Frequently called "Land Where We'll Never Grow Old" it was first recorded by the Jenkins Family in 1926. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA236&dq=Land+Where+We%27ll+Never+Grow+Old+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20260A

Who's That Knocking on My Window: 1817 as "Drowsy Sleeper"- Traditional English ballad the Drowsy Sleeper also know as "Awake Awake" and "Silver Dagger." In the US it's known also as "O Molly Dear/O Katie Dear" and has been collected by Sharp as "Awake Awake" in 1916-1917. Sheet Music to Sharp: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/english-folk-songs/southern-appalachians%20-%200273.htm Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20253A

*Why Do You Cry, Little Darling: 1941- Song (according to their biographers) written by Maybelle Carter. The song references upcoming World War II. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20003B

*Why There's a Tear in My Eye: 1928- Song by Carson Robison (An Old Man's Story) that the Carters played with Jimmie Rodgers at their 1931 session in Louisville KY. No Sheet Music Available

Wildwood Flower: 1860- "I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets" by Maud Irving and J.P. Webster. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=0q6gSVs2QyQC&pg=PA174&dq=wildwood+flower&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20261A

Will My Mother Know Me There?: 1906- Song from Johnson Oatman and William Golden included in Songs of the Kingdom: The Camp Meeting Specialý by Robert Emmet Winsett 1911, 200 pages. It was recorded twice before the Carters 1933 recording. No Sheet Music Available Listen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNvBlun41KM

Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven: 1911- Song by Charles K. Harris. Sheet Music: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/sheetmusic/devincent.do?&id=LL-SDV-106058&q1=LL-SDV-106058&sid=3fdad41f7ea6c1580541b5dc8f4bcf83

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: Circa 1900- Gospel song by Rev. George Beebe and H.E. McAfee also name of the definitive biography about the Carters, Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone by Marc Mark Zwonitzer and Charles Hirshberg. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20258B

*Winding Stream: unknown date (1932 by Carters)- Meade calls this a parlor song from the 1800s and calls the song, "Give To Me a Winding Stream." No Sheet Music Available. Listen To The Carters: http://www.juneberry78s.com/otmsampler/otmsampat73.html

*Wonderful City: Circa 1931- Song attributed to Jimmie Rodgers and was recorded with the Carter family in their joint 1931 session in Louisville KY. Rodgers usually appropriated material for his songs so the lyrics probably are based on another song. This is even more likely because this was the only gospel song Rodgers recorded. No Sheet Music Available.

Worried Man Blues: Early 1900s- Traditional blues song. The first recording is by Sam Collins with a vocal John D. Fox in 1927 on Gnt 6352. The song is made up of traditional verses (Charlie Patton's "Down the Dirt Road Blues") arranged by the Carters probably from Leslie Riddle/Brownie McGee/Sam Lyons group. Sheet Music: http://books.google.com/books?id=42bL-Ot-8gUC&pg=PA242&dq=worried+Man+matteson&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html Listen and watch Stanley Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMJz-puzniU

*You Are My Flower: Unknown (1938)- Unknown song attributed to A.P. Carter. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to Flatt and Skruggs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpUDR9akPA8

You Better Let That Liar Alone: early 1900s (1919)- "Let That Liar Alone" is a spiritual found in the Joyful Meeting in Glory Song Book No. 1 in 1919. The first recording is by Edward Clayton in 1927. No Sheet Music Available.

*You Denied Your Love: Unknown (Carters 1938)- Unknown song. No Sheet Music Available.

*You Tied a Love Knot in My Heart: Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown song possibly based on Wilf Carter's "There's a Love Knot in My Lariat." No Sheet Music Available.

*Young Freda Bolt: 1930- Song by Doc Shanks written in 1930 that the Carters recorded about the murder of Freeda Bolt Dec. 13, 1929 in Floyd County, VA. The Floyd County Ramblers released a version in 1930. Listen To Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20253B

Your Mother Still Prays (For You, Jack): 1893- Song from F.M. Eliot that is based on the English ballad Lord Lovell. Related to Cowboy Jack. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20218B

*You're Gonna Be Sorry You Let Me Down: Unknown (1941)- The JOAFL tried to trace this song and couldn't find the source. No Sheet Music Available.

*You're Nothing More to Me: Unknown (Carters 1941)- Unknown parlor song titled "Thou Art Nothing More To Me" by Meade. It was collected and published in Frank Brown NC folk songs by Belden in 1952. No Sheet Music Available.

You've Been a Friend to Me: 1868- Song by Will S. Hays; Original Sheet Music: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mussm&fileName=sm/sm1879/11900/11919/mussm11919.db&recNum=0&itemLink=D?mussm:1:./tem Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT2mbsAhfqU

*You've Been Fooling Me, Baby: Circa 1930- Song by Allen Brothers "When You Leave You Leave Me Sad" recorded in 1930. No Sheet Music Available. Listen to the Carters: http://honkingduck.com/78s/listen.php?s=20268A

*You've Got to Righten That Wrong: Unknown (1940)- Unknown gospel song from the Carters in 1940. No Sheet Music Available.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 07:54 PM

It's important information and nice to have in this format, but isn't it already available in Meade, Spottswood, and Meade, as well as the book that accompanied the Bear Family set?


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 08:02 PM

Please ignore the previous message. I'd missed the other threads having arrived here directly through a Google search.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 09:30 PM

Hi Jerry,

Actually Meade has much of this info. There are some mistakes in Meade including dates, spelling of names and missing info.

There are probably 30 Carter family songs that were not included in Meade I presume because he didn't have any info on the songs. Meade didn't have the internet and amazing as his book is, there are songs that are missing.

In our study we've uncovered the source of several songs that previously were not known. Not everyone has the Meade book so this will make the info accessible to everyone.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 09:59 AM

Hi,

I've completed the A-L songs. Suggestions? Corrections?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 09:32 AM

GREAT work.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 01:48 PM

Hi,

Finished M-Z Carter song summary. Please review,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Ron Davies
Date: 18 Dec 08 - 11:45 PM

Fascinating. Thanks for all your work, Richie. It's great to have it all so concisely set out and so well organized.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 19 Dec 08 - 10:35 AM

Hi,

Finished 1st segment of Carters songs in chronological order 1927-1934 Victor years.

Please review,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Melissa
Date: 19 Dec 08 - 04:11 PM

I'm glad to see an edited thread because it gives me a chance to say (gushingly!) that I am really impressed by the 'Carter Authors' thread. There is so much assorted knowledge and tidbits floating around Mudcat and I think it's neat to see it combined this way. I wish there were more threads like that.

The ongoing Carter thread has them firmly in the front of my mind which makes me even more pleased to find them on Wilburn Bros..

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 19 Dec 08 - 06:20 PM

Thanks,

The edited thread really helps me. It gives me a chance to correct all my little errors, there have been a bunch of them.

After repeated corrections it's starting to shape up. Any suggestions or corrections are welcome.

I thought about linking to the original sheet music. The trouble with links is the don't stay the same. After a couple years most of them don't work.

American Memory might be around but the Levy site can't be linked right now. Some of the sources are books and they may not have consistant links. If we could copy the material and store it here- we could link to it on Mudcat.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 20 Dec 08 - 06:22 PM

Hi,

I'm finished with the Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources. Please look it over and proof it.

Any suggestions or corrections are welcome.

I'll look it over again and make any final changes in the next two days.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Artful Codger
Date: 21 Dec 08 - 02:15 PM

While links can become obsolete, as long as your citations are clear about the sites where a song can be found and the original title (when different), a simple search should turn them up right quick. In fact, if you provide a list of links to the most referenced sites (Levy, American Memory, America Singing, Randolph etc.) at the top of the thread, that should suffice in almost all cases, and it would be simple to keep those links updated. In fact, it would be great to have a separate QuickLink page with that info that we could simply reference as needed.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 22 Dec 08 - 01:13 AM

Hi Artful Codger,

I agree with you. Links would be helpful, as well as referencing the site or book and where you could find it in case the links change.

I'll start a links section. I won't be able to work on it much until the end of the month.

Does anyone know why we can't link to music the Levy site here? I tried several times and none of them worked.

Any corrections or suggestions are welcome. I've got many of the errors out by now.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Artful Codger
Date: 22 Dec 08 - 02:42 AM

Re Levy links:
You can't link directly to search results because the page is constructed on the fly using server-side scripts, and the search parameters are passed through a hidden mechanism (probably POST data). When you load the script page directly, no parameters are supplied.

That said, once you have the box and item numbers for a specific entry, you can construct a working URL by replacing the id value in the following example:
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/levy-cgi/condisp.cgi?id=060.066
(Clicking on the link above should take you directly to the entry for "Over the Garden Wall". While the Levy has multiple entries for this title, only one can be indicated with this technique.)

There may be a way to kick off a search in a similar manner, supplying all the search parameters in the URL, but I don't know what that is. You'd also have to encode all special characters in the parameters (particularly spaces in names and titles).

You can also copy links to a specific page of the sheet music, but those pages don't provide a back-link to the corresponding entry page, so I don't recommend it, even though it's easier.

Note that the Levy could change how they handle searches at any time, just by recoding a few base scripts; defining links in the manner I mention is unlikely to prove viable over the long run.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 28 Dec 08 - 10:19 PM

Hi,

I'm adding links to sheet music and mp3s on-line to the Carter's songs.

If you have any additional ones, please post.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Artful Codger
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:27 AM

The American Memory site (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html) has sheet music for the following songs:
"Are You Tired of Me, Darling?", by G.P. Cook and Ralph Roland, 1877.
"Beautiful Isle of the Sea" by George Cooper and John Rogers Thomas, 1863.
"Cottage by the Sea" by John Rogers Thomas, 1856. [Lyrics only]
"Is There No Kiss for Me Tonight, Love" (precursor to "Gold Watch and Chain") by Thomas Westendorf, 1879.
"I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home" (= "The Homestead on the Farm") by Herbert Lambert and F.W. Vandersloot, 1909.
"In the Shadow of the Pines"

Sheet music online at the Levy site:
"Faded Flowers" by James Power and J.H. Brown, 1851.
"He Never Came Back" by William Jerome, 1891. [one copy 1892, another undated]
"Hello, Central! Give Me Heaven" by Charles K. Harris, 1901.
"I Found You Among the Roses" by George B. Pitman, 1913.
"Those Dark Eyes" (= "I Never Loved But One") by Armand, 1865. American Memory has a recording as "Dark Eyes".
"Going from de Cottonfields" (= "Little Log Hut in the Lane") by Thomas Westendorf, 1879.

Re "Cuban Soldier": Sara said they got the "poetry" and either she or Maybelle put music to it.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 10:53 PM

Thanks for the references to the links Artful Codger.

I've found a couple more and several new links for some songs like "Faded Coat of Blue."

Anyone have any suggestions, links or corrections?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 01 Jan 09 - 09:53 AM

Hi,

I've got links for the songs from A-L for the original Carter Family. Any corrections or additional links?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 08:59 AM

Hi,

I'm starting links for the songs from M-Z for the original Carter Family. Any additional links?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Fortunato
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 11:06 AM

Richie,

great work.

chance


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Richie
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 08:48 PM

Hi,

I've finished getting most of the links for the Carters songs.

If there are any corrections or additions please let me know,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 04:58 PM

Hi, Richie - (click here) for "Little Moses" in a songbook published in 1843.


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 06:50 PM

Nice find Joe


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Subject: RE: Carter Family Songs: Summary of Sources
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 May 11 - 01:09 PM

How did I miss this??? Thanks, Mr. Polish Spammer. Thanks especially, Richie.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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