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GUEST,Nartker 30 Oct 11 - 06:30 PM
Joe Offer 31 Oct 11 - 01:22 AM
Mark Ross 31 Oct 11 - 02:52 AM
GUEST 31 Oct 11 - 03:53 AM
Joe Offer 31 Oct 11 - 10:30 PM
Crowhugger 01 Nov 11 - 12:43 AM
Lighter 01 Nov 11 - 09:32 AM
Jim Carroll 01 Nov 11 - 11:50 AM
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Subject: Lomax songbooks, comparasion of content
From: GUEST,Nartker
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 06:30 PM

I have a copy of the Lomax's Folk Songs of North America. I have seen listings For Folk Song USA, volumes 1&2. Do the contents of North America very from those of USA enough to warrant the additional purchase?


Hey Art if your out there, I'm sure you can answer the question.


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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparasion of content
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 01:22 AM

Hi, Nartyker-
I don't think there's a lot of duplication in the Lomax books. Let's see if I can come up with a Lomax bibliography (with the help of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville):

I suppose I could include Cowboy Songs (John A. Lomax, 1910, 1916) and Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp (John A. Lomax, 1919, 1947), but I can't find good indexes for them. Land Where the Blues Began could also be included.


Take a look at for online copies of some of the Lomax books.

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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparasion of content
From: Mark Ross
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 02:52 AM




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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparasion of content
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 03:53 AM

The revised and enlarged 'Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads' (1938) includes at least four times the number of songs as the original - well worth having.
The editors are given as John and Alan Lomax.
Will provide an index should it be required Joe.
In my opinion (though some are 'of their time') all the Lomax books are worth looking out for.
Jim Carroll

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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparison of content
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 10:30 PM

Hi, Jim-
Please do post the index to the 1938 edition of "Cowboy Songs." I don't have a copy that recent (mine is 1916), and I thought what I had was missing something. Does yours have music notation? Mine doesn't.

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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparison of content
From: Crowhugger
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 12:43 AM

Joe, thank you for the link to the wonderful! Silly me, I just spent nearly an hour there when I should've been gearing up for NaNoWriMo. Well probably it'll still be there Dec 1st

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Subject: RE: Lomax songbooks, comparison of content
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 09:32 AM

The first printing of the 1938 "Cowboy Songs" included "The Strawberry Roan."

This was immediately deleted after composer Curley Fletcher asserted his copyright.

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Subject: Index:Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads-1938
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 11:50 AM

Hi Joe,
Will do index when I get time
"Does yours have music notation? Mine doesn't"
Yes - most of the songs come with tunes
PS I see from the price scribbled on the front page that it cost me all of £1.80 - oh happy days!!

Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (1938)


Cowboy's Gettin'-Up Holler                3
Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies                4
The Colorado Trail                7
Doney Gal                8
Me an' My Doney-Gal                11
Good-by, Old Paint                12
The Skew-Ball Black                14
The Kansas Line                15
George Britton                18
The Lone Star Trail                19
The Texas Cowboy                22
On the Trail to Idaho                24
John Garner's Trail Herd                25
The Crooked Trail to Holbrook                27
The Old Chisholm Trail                28
Clear Rock's Chisholm Trail                37
Leadbelly's Chisholm Trail                39
Boggy Creek                41
The Railroad Corral                42
The Cowboy's Dream                44
The Dying Cowboy                48
Dogie Song                51
The Trail to Mexico                52
The Texas Song                57
The Gal I Left Behind Me                58
Night-Herding Song                60


Hollers                63
Toast        63
Cowboy Graces                63
Cowboy Talks to a Pitching Horse                64
Diamond Joe                65
The Cowboy                67
A Cow Camp on the Range                70
Top Hand                72
Pinto                73
When the Work's All Done This Fall                74
The Drifter                76
The Zebra Dun                78
Charlie Rutledge                82
The Cowboy at Work                83
Bronc Peeler's Song                83
Wild Bronc Peeler                85
Jess's Dilemma                86
A Prisoner for Life                88
The Convict                90
Little Joe, the Wrangler                91
The Old Cowboy                93
The Pecos Puncher                95
The U-S-U Range                96
The Dying Cowboy of Rim Rock Ranch                98
The Stampede                99
A Kansas Cowboy                103
The Rustler                105
Panhandle Cob                105
Salty Dogs                11O
Jim Farrow                112
Windy Bill                113
Only a Cowboy        116
Whose Old Cow?                117
The Horse Wrangler                119
The Cowboy's Meditation                122
Home, Sweet Home        124.
Utah Carroll                                                                125
Ten Thousand Cattle                128
Ten Thousand God-Damn Cattle                130

The Boasting Drunk in Dodge                135
Drinking Song                136
The Desperado        137
The Bad Man from the Brazos                138
The Cowboy        139
Billy the Kid        140
Quantrell    ...        142
Roy Bean                147
Sam Bass                150
Jesse James                152
Juan Murray        158
Bow Down Your Head and Cry                159
The Bad Boy                161
Rye Whisky                163
O-Bar Cowboy                166
The Wild Montana Boy                167
The Cowboy                168
Buckskin Joe                170
The Killer                172
The Durant Jail        176

Red River Shore                181
The Wild Rippling Water                183
The Range Riders                185
Lackey Bill                187
The Peeler's Lament                189
The Old-Time Cowboy                191
The Rambling Cowboy                192
The Rattlesnake                194
Bill Venero                197
Macaffie's Confession                201
The Boston Burglar                203
Fuller and Warren                205
Jack Donahoe                209
Young Companions                212
Brown-Eyed Lee                214
Bonnie Black Bess                217
The Melancholy Cowboy                220
A Wild Rattling Cowboy .      .                        221
The Dying Desperado                223
Annie Breen                225
The White Steed of the Prairies                227
When I Was a Brave Cowboy                228

Cowboy Jack                                                       230
Young Charlottie                                                   231               
Silver Jack .                                                       234
The Hell-Bound Train                                              236

A Cowboy Dance Song                241
Rhymed Dance Calls                242
The Harrington Barn Dance                244
Cheyenne                245
The Cowboy's Christmas Ball                246
The Cowboy's Dance Song                250
Jack O' Diamonds or The Rabble Soldier                253
The Arizona Boys and Girls                256
Don't Grow Weary, Boys                259
I Am Fur from My Sweetheart                259
Dan Taylor                261
Lulu                263
Way Out in Idyho                265
Rambling Gambler                266
Bucking Bronco                267
The Lovesick Cowboy                268
The Gol-Darned Wheel                269
The Cowboy at Church                272
The Jolly Cowboy                275
Old Rosin, the Beau                278
The Range Riders                280
The Cowboy's Life                282
The State of Arkansas                283

Trail End                288
Once You Git the Habit                289
Poor Lonesome Cowboy                290
The Texas Cowboys                291
The Black Tail Range                292
Cyclone Blues                294
Bob Stanford                295
The Cowboy Up to Date                296
Red River Valley                298
Bury Me Out on the Prairie                300
Great-Granddad                302
The Lavender Cowboy                304
The Wandering Cowboy                305
The Dry-Landers                306
Lone Driftin' Riders                307
The Santa Fe Trail                308
The Cowboy and His Love                311
The Llano Estacado                313
Speaking of Cowboy's Home                315
Hell in Texas                317
New National Anthem                319
I'd Like to Be in Texas When They Round-Up in the Spring .                321
I Wanted to Die in the Desert                323
The Last Longhorn                325
To Midnight                327
The Great Round-Up                327
The Cowman's Prayer                329
Rounded Up in Glory                330

The Buffalo Skinners                335
The Texian Boys                338
The Lone Buffalo Hunter                342
The Buffalo Hunters                343
Sioux Indians                344
California Joe                346
The Old Scout's Lament                354
A Man Named Hods                355
Pattonio, the Pride of the Plain                356
Texas Rangers                359
Down South on the Rio Grande                362
Mustang Gray                362
Way Down in Mexico                        365
The Dying Ranger                366
Muster Out the Rangers                368
The Disheartened Ranger                369
Here's to the Ranger!                371
The Dreary Black Hills                372
The Bloody Injians                375
Joe Bowers                375
The Days of Forty-Nine                378
The Fools of Forty-Nine                381
The Happy Miner                383
The Road to Cook's Peak                384
In the Summer of Sixty                386
A Ripping Trip                387
Sweet Betsy from Pike                388
Bill Peters, the Stage Driver                391
The California Stage Company                393
Freighting from Wilcox to Globe                394
The Bullwhacker                396
Brigham Young                399
The Mormon Bishop's Lament                    401
A Mormon Immigrant Song                403
The Little Old Sod Shanty                405
Greer County                407
Life in a Half-Breed Shack                409
Dakota Land                410
The Kinkaiders                412
West Texas        ..                413
Westward Ho                415
The Far, Far West                416
The Cowboy's Lament                
Sam Hall                422
A Home on the Range                424

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