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Lyr/Tune Add: Once I Lived in Cottonwood

Jon W. 30 Oct 97 - 05:44 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 16 Jan 14 - 11:18 AM
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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: ONCE I LIVED IN COTTONWOOD
From: Jon W.
Date: 30 Oct 97 - 05:44 PM

Here is another Mormon folk song about the settling of Southern Utah (abc and MIDI text). If anyone has heard another song to this tune, please let me know via e-mail or a response in this thread. Thanks, Jon W.

X: 1
T:Once I Lived in Cottonwood
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:105
C:Mormon Folk Song
S:Music of the Mormons
H:A song about settling the St. George area of Southern Utah, called
H:Dixie. Frequently the Mormon pioneers were called by Brigham Young
H:to settle new areas of present-day Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada;
H:after they had already crossed the plains to Salt Lake City. It is a
H:credit to their faith that they obeyed, but there seemed to be a
H:struggle to get people willing to stay in the desert lands of So. Utah.
H:The so-called "Dixie" area of Utah was settled in an attempt to raise
H:cotton, silk, and sugar cane, in order to make the Mormon people
H:self-sufficient in these items.
K:D
A,|"D"A, D D3/2 E/ F F F D/D/ |"G" E D D B, "D"D3 A|
"G"B3/2 B/ B A B dd B| "D"B A A F "A7"A3 A |
"G"B3/2 B/ B A B dd F|"D" F F E D "A7"E3 D/ D/|
"D"F F F F "G"G G B, D| "A7"E D D D "D"D2 Z |

W: Oh, Once I Lived in Cottonwood and own'd a little farm.
W: But I was called to Dixie, which did me much alarm.
W: To raise the cane and cotton I right away must go,
W: But the reason that they called on me, I'm sure I do not know.
W:
W: I yoked old Jim and Bawly up, all for to make a start,
W: To leave my house and garden, it almost broke my heart.
W: We moved along quite slowly and often looked behind,
W: For the sands and rocks of Dixie kept running through my mind.
W:
W: At length we reached the Black Ridge where I broke my wagon down.
W: I could not find a carpenter, we were twenty miles from town,
W: So with a clumsy cedar pole I fixed an awkward slide,
W: My wagon pulled so heavy then that Betsy couldn't ride.
W:
W: While Betsy was awalking I told her to take care,
W: When all upon a sudden she struck a prickly-pear,
W: Then she began to blubber out as loud as she could bawl,
W: If I was back in Cottonwood, I wouldn't come at all.
W:
W: And next we got to Washington where we stayed a little while,
W: To see if April showers would make the verdure smile,
W: But, oh, I was mistaken, and so I went away,
W: For the red hills of November looked just the same in May.
W:
W: I feel so sad and lonely now, there's nothing here to cheer,
W: Except prophetic sermons which we very often hear.
W: They will hand them out by the dozen and prove them by the Book;
W: I'd rather have some roasting ears to stay at home and cook.
W:
W: I feel so weak and hungry now I think I'm nearly dead,
W: 'Tis seven weeks next Sunday since I have tasted bread,
W: Of carrot tops and lucerne greens we have enough to eat,
W: But I'd like to change my diet off for buckwheat cakes and meat.

% Output from ABC2Win Version 2.1 f on 29/10/97

MIDI file: COTTONW1.MID

Timebase: 480

Tempo: 052 (1142857 microsec/crotchet)
Key: D
TimeSig: 4/4 48 8
Name: Once I Lived in Cottonwood
Text: C:Mormon Folk Song
Start
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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Once I Lived in Cottonwood
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 11:18 AM

This song was printed in Duncan Emrich, 1974, "American Folk Poetry, An Anthology," and in Hubbard, Lester A., 1961, "Ballads and Songs from Utah."
The songs are essentially the same in these two volumes and in mudcat, but the names of the mules (horses?) differs.
Jim and Bally, and Ball and Billy, in the two Hubbard versions, and Jim and Molly in Emrich.


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