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Thread #154927 Message #3639006
Posted By: Airymouse
04-Jul-14 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: Who are the experts on Appalachian songs
Subject: RE: Who are the experts on Appalachian songs
Well, actually I'm the old geezer., Here are a few lines from a few of the songs I have in mind, not all of which have been recorded:
I appreciate your running this list by Mike Yates. The "biographical details" would be completely misleading, because all these songs are learned from other people in Virginia, Pennsylvania,and Georgia; most are from VA.
- State of Arkansas. Oh my name is Sanford O'Brien and I come from Rockford town
- Man of Constant Sorrow. Her hair was of a darksome color her lips were of a cherry red, her breasts were of a snow white color, where many a night I lay my head. I'd rather be on top Black mountain, where I know the sun refuse to shine...
- Sabbath Dress. She was so good so very good, so good I do declare
- Jack Munro. There was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell. He had a lovely daughter, the story I will tell. Hoof ma lily hoof oh-oh hoof ma lily hoof
- Oh where are you going my pretty fair maid (2) I'm going to milking sir she said, with a ha ha ha ha ha ha
- King William was King James's son... Here comes a light to light you to bed and here comes a hatchet to chop off your head
- Cutty Wren Where are you going says cosy mosy, where are you going says Jack a thread nosy, where are you going says brothers all three
I'm going to the woods says willy waly
- Old Crump Old crump's dead and in her grave um um in her grave. There grew and old apple tree over her head.... Long came an old man to gather them all
Factory Boy In Johnson City where I did dwell, the factory boy I loved so well
- Pea pod song. In a pea pod once lived five little peas tender and tasty and juicy as could please but one was naughty and started to tease and frightened the four other little green peas
- Where do you go my honey. Where do you go my pretty little miss oh where do you go my honey....
Put my knapsack on my back my rifle on my shoulder, go and fight in the Mexican war and there I'll be a soldier