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Thread #71274 Message #1218470
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Jul-04 - 01:06 PM
Thread Name: Cooperative Recreation Service-World Around Songs
Subject: Index: Cooperative Recreation Service
This is an edited PermaThread, and all messages posted here are subject to editing and deletion.
This thread is intended to serve as a forum for indexing songbooks published by the Cooperative Recreation Service and its successor, World Around Songs.
How to use Songbook IndexesUse [CTRL-F] to find the song you want, and then post a request for the song at the bottom of the thread. We'll contact the songbook owner and obtain the lyrics, and we'll post an answer or a link in your request message.
Once upon a time, there was a company called Cooperative Recreation Service in a town with the likely name of Delaware, Ohio. This message (click) says the company was operated by Lynn Rohrbough and Katherine Ferris. Later, it became World Around Songs.
The company published songbooks in a very distinctive format, a pocket-sized 3-5/8" wide by 6-5/8" tall. The book emphasized international folk songs translated into English, but also included traditional American songs and American "leftist" songs. It also published songbooks for the Girl Scouts, the YWCA, the american Camping Association, Methodist youth camps, and other organizations. I don't know when it happened, but publication of these books was taken over by World Around Songs of Burnsville, North Carolina.
Here are indexes of the books from this source that various Mudcatters have available. If you'd like to see any of the songs listed in these indexes, post your request here and we'll start a thread for the song.
Note from Joe Offer (January 2011): The website for World Around Songs is active again, http://www.worldaroundsongs.com
Here's their new address:
World Around Songs
7036 Hwy 80 South
Burnsville, NC 28714