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Thread #10834 Message #2044498
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
06-May-07 - 07:48 AM
Thread Name: Origins: I Bought Me a Cat / Fiddle-i-Fee
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Bought Me a Cat
Worth adding the introduction to "The Barnyard Song" as written in "The American Song Book" (Contents listed yesterday in School Songbook Perma-Thread)
In 1620 the mayflower brought the first hundred British settlers to New England, and during the next twenty years shipload after shipload of courageous folk crossed the Atlantic in search of freedom and fortune in the New World. By 1640 there were probably around 65,000 of these emigrants in New England or on the islands around the Atlantic coast of North America.
These early settlers could take few of their possessions with them in the tiny ships that carried them to their new home, but among their memories of the old country would be many of the lovely folk-songs that were in those days being sung everywhere in England. We do not hear these old songs in our country now, except when they are sung by people who have learnt them from books. But a few years ago it was discovered that some old-fashioned people living in the Appalachian mountains on the Eastern side of the United States still knew by heart the old folk-songs that had been brought from England by their ancestors over two hundred years ago.
Tis amusing Barnyard Song is a folk-song from Kentucky. It will remind you of the English Farmyard Song, which you may have had fun singing with realistic animal noises. Other verses may be improvised. The tune of the Barnyard Song is pentatonic, that is to say, it is built out of a scale of five sounds only, thus:-
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