Tune Req: Drinking Gourd + Revolutionary Tea
Subject: RE: Mudcat FAQ - Newcomer's Guide|
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 06:03 PM
I am looking for a public domain copy of piano sheet music for "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Revolutionary Tea." If anyone can help or advise where to find such it would be greatly appreciated.
Subject: Seek Sheet Music: Drinking Gourd|
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 06:06 PM
transferred from the FAQ
Click here for the information we have on "Drinking Gourd." Although it may have traditional roots, I believe the first well-known version of "Drinking Gourd" was recorded by the Weavers in the 1950s and attributed to Ronnie Gilbert, Fed Hellerman, Lee Hays, and Pete Seeger. That being the case, it would not be in the public domain. This site (click) says the song was first published in 1928, which would still not be in the public domain in the U.S. - but there is other evidence on the site that the gong goes back to about 1910, which would put it in public domain. Please conduct any discussion of this song in one of the existing threads - we have a confusing number of threads on this song already. The only online "sheet music" source I could find is the simple tune from the Lomax book, American Ballads and Folk songs (1934).
This Google Book Search will take you to "Revolutionary Tea." Our information on "Revolutionary Tea" is here (click).
Keep watching this thread. Perhaps somebody else will come up with leads to the sheet music you seek. "Revolutionary Tea" is an old, old song - but I didn't find any piano arrangements.
Subject: RE: Seek Sheet Music: Drinking Gourd/Revolutionary Tea|
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 02:47 PM
A copy of the lyrics to REVOLUTIONARY TEA has been posted in this thread: Lyr Add: Revolutionary Tea (Seba Smith).