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Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'

usmcfam@hereintown.net 05 Oct 99 - 03:08 AM
Jeri 05 Oct 99 - 08:39 AM
katlaughing 05 Oct 99 - 08:42 AM
Joe Offer 05 Oct 99 - 02:46 PM
usmcfam@hereintown.net 07 Oct 99 - 02:10 AM
GUEST,999 05 Dec 09 - 10:17 PM
Joe Offer 06 Dec 09 - 01:16 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Dec 09 - 02:07 PM
Joe Offer 06 Dec 09 - 07:25 PM
GUEST,999 06 Dec 09 - 07:50 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Dec 09 - 03:42 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Dec 09 - 03:44 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Dec 09 - 09:38 PM
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Subject: for a cousin!
From: usmcfam@hereintown.net
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 03:08 AM

My Cousin just remembers a part of a song it has something to do with an Auctioneer selling a house of this lady and her daughter. The son had run off when he was young and now he came back and is at the auction and is the one who ends up buying the house. Here is a few of the words my cousin can remember: "Auctioneer don't sell our house my mother is feeble, old & gray and we have no place to stay." This is an old song her mother sang it to her!

Here is another one: She says it is called Letter Edged/Etched in black, but it is not the one on the list. She says it has something to do with this lady coming home and finding this letter and finds out her husband has run off with another woman. This is an old one too.

Good luck! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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Subject: Letter Edged in Black
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:39 AM

THE LETTER EDGED IN BLACK is here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: for a cousin!
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 08:42 AM

Welcome to the Mudcat. You will have better luck getting attention for your thread, if you start over and include what you think is the name of each song (separate thread for each one) or a few of the words which you know in the title of the thread. It grabs people's attention more, to be able to quickly scan the titles and click on the one they might know.

Good luck.

katlaughing


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Subject: Auctioneer song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 02:46 PM

I didn't find the song you're looking for, but when I searched our database for auctioneer, I found this gem (click). It'll give you a good laugh.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: for a cousin!
From: usmcfam@hereintown.net
Date: 07 Oct 99 - 02:10 AM

Thank You all very much! I had already looked here in the song database and come up with the ones you have suggested! Thanks Again! But the lyrics are not going with what my cousin had told me! I'll keep trying!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: GUEST,999
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 10:17 PM

It may be on jstor. I used a google of

auctioneer, feeble and gray

The first site (top of the google page) is entitled

Five Folksongs from Richmond, Indiana

at

www.jstor.org/stable/27649818


Sure looks like what the fellow (?) is looking for, but I can't access it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 01:16 AM

I have a friend who has JSTOR access. I sent him a PM.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 02:07 PM

I have access to Jour. American Folklore back volumes and a couple of others, but "Hoosier Folklore" is not covered by my JAL subscription.
(Article by Jane Willets).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:25 PM

Well, I thought I could get access through my stepson's college account, but it only gives me the first page of the document.
Anybody else have JSTOR access?

-Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T SELL THE OLD HOMESTEAD
From: GUEST,999
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:50 PM

OK. I had tunnel vision. I googled the line "And my dear loving sister so sickly and pale" and BINGO.

Google

Don't Sell the Old Homestead - Max Hunter Folk Song Collection ...

There it is, large as life.

Don't Sell the Old Homestead
Cat. #0201 (MFH #137) - As sung by Lucy "Pat" Pricket, Eureka Springs, Arkansas on September 2, 1958

VERSE 1
You seldom would find a more happier lot
Than our little family who dwelt in this cot
There was Father an' Mother, brother, sister and I
Till misfortune came o'er us an' Father did die
Then brother left home, to find something to do
And where he had gone there were none of us knew
I toiled early an' late to keep down th debts
And oft' times I hear myself, pleading them yet

CHORUS:
Please spare the ole home, don't sell it I pray
Don't turn out my Mother, so feeble an' gray
And my dear loving sister so sickly and pale
Auctioneer, auctioneer, please stop th sale

VERSE 2
I pleaded in vain, poor Mother did moan
We begged them in vain, to please spare the old home
Then a boy stepped up saying, your sorrow is done
I'll return you your home and your long lost son
There was love an' rejoicing, here on that day
William braced his ole Mother, so feeble and gray
An our dear loving sister, so sickly and pale
And that put an end, to that dread sheriffs sale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 03:42 PM

Thanks, 999. The Max Hunter site also has the musical score.
http://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/indexsongtitle.aspx?Letter=D

Dont Sell


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Auctioneer, don't sell our house...'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 03:44 PM

Sorry, not supposed to put the address, just the link.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD HOMESTEAD
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 09:38 PM

From
Honoring My Father and My Mother
A Command Performance
Vol. II
Songs as Remembered and Sung
By Agnes Amelia Ransom Burton
(1886 - 1969)



THE OLD HOMESTEAD

There's an old home that stands on the square
For ninety long years, that old homestead has stood
Surrounded by trees and a fence that is worn
The home of my forefathers, where I was born.

You seldom would find a happier lot
Than our little family, that dwelt in a cot
There were father and mother, sister, brother, and I
'Til sickness came o'er us, and father did die.

Then brother left home to find something to do
But where he had gone to, no one even knew,
We toiled late and early to keep down the debt,
And oft-times I find myself pleading them yet.

Don't sell the old home, don't sell it I pray
Do not turn my mother out, so feeble and so gray,
And my dear loving sister, so weak and so frail--
Auctioneer, auctioneer, won't you please stop the sale?

In vain and re-pleading, without any vail
The auctioneer continued to cry on the sale,
The very best bidder was a man, quite unknown
He paid down the money, and he purchased our home.

Then mother and I with hearts sad and sore
Prepared the next morning to leave our cottage door,
When the stranger walked up, saying, "Your sorrows are done,
For I am your own, your long lost son."

Then love and rejoicing were there on that day
When brother embraced mother, so feeble and so gray.
And my dear loving sister, so weak and so frail,
And that put an end to that dreadful sheriff's sale.


Learned from her husband, Caleb Johnson Burton, before 1900. Since the only line that doesn't rhyme is line two, perhaps it ended "stood there" instead of "has stood."


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