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bcokjon@erols.com 15 Oct 96 - 11:24 PM
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Subject: Seeking and Searching for a few song lyrics
From: bcokjon@erols.com
Date: 15 Oct 96 - 11:24 PM

I would like to find the following lyrics:

Twas at the siege of Vicksburg
Maryland My Maryland
Where are my pants
Johnny is my darling
Shortenin bread
Rose of Alabama

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add:MARYLAND MY MARYLAND (James Ryder Randall)
From: John
Date: 16 Oct 96 - 09:23 PM

from
http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mm95_96/html/song.html
They also have a history and a picture of the sheet music
"But it is unreadable"

Maryland My Maryland
by James Ryder Randall



I The despot's heel is on thy shore, Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door, Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! My Maryland!

II Hark to an exiled son's appeal, Maryland!
My mother State! to thee I kneel, Maryland!
For life and death, for woe and weal, Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird they beauteous limbs with steel, Maryland! My Maryland!

III Thou wilt not cower in the dust, Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust, Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust, Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
And all they slumberers with the just, Maryland! My Maryland!

IV Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day, Maryland!
Come with thy panoplied array, Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray, With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May, Maryland! My Maryland!

V Come! for thy shield is bright and strong, Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong, Maryland!
Come to thine own heroic throng, Stalking wtih Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song, Maryland! My Maryland!

VI Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain, Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain, Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain- "Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back again, Maryland! My Maryland!

VII I see the blush upon thy cheek, Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek, Maryland!
But lo! there surges forth a shriek From hill to fill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake, Maryland! My Maryland!

VIII Thou wilt not yield the vandal toll, Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control, Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll, Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul, Maryland! My Maryland!

IX I hear the distant thunder-hum, Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum, Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb- Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come! Maryland! My Maryland!


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOHNNY IS MY DARLING & SIEGE OF VICKSBURG
From: masato sakurai
Date: 13 Oct 01 - 08:15 AM

Six songs are asked for here in one thread. The list seems to be of Civil War (Confederate) songs.

(1) 'Twas at the Siege of Vicksburg
(2) Maryland, My Maryland
(3) Where Are My Pants
(4) Johnny Is My Darling
(5) Shortening Bread
(6) Rose of Alabama

(2) is also in the DT (CLICK HERE). Since this is Maryland state song, there're a lot of lyrics sites for this (e.g., CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE). As a Confederate song, CLICK HERE ("My Maryland" in War Songs of the South), or CLICK HERE. The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music has 59 documents for MARYLAND! MY MARYLAND!, including the earliest edition of 1861 "written by a Baltimorean in Louisiana." The Library of Congress has "37 Items containing the exact words maryland my maryland", with the possibly first Confederate publication of 1862 by James P. Randall. Levy has another edition of 1862, which might be the first. If you are interested in "The Red Flag", to the same "O Tannenbaum" tune, CLICK HERE.

Of the remaining 5, (5) and (6) are already in the Forum.
(5) "Shortenig Bread" is HERE and HERE. On the music, see this Fiddler's Companion entry:

SHORTENIN' BREAD [1]. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; east Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, north Georgia, Arkansas. A Major: D Major (Fuzzy Mountain String Band). Standard, ADAD (Reaves White County Ramblers) or AEAE. AABB. The melody has wide currency in the South, and appears in many traditional song collections starting with Perrow (1915). Perrow's version was collected from East Tennessee white singers, and has been called an "east Tennessee favorite" by musicologist Charles Wolfe. Mattie Cole Stanford, in her 1963 book Sourwood Tonic and Sassafras Tea, listed it as one of the tunes played at the turn of the century by fiddler George Cole of Etowah County, Alabama (Cauthen, 1990). It was one of the first tunes recorded by Kentucky fiddler Doc Roberts in the 1920's and was recorded for the Library of Congress by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, from the playing of Ozark Mountain fiddlers in the early 1940's.
***
African-American collector Thomas Talley, in his book Negro Folk Rhymes (1922, a new edition 1991 edited by Charles Wolfe), prints a unique version of the song as "Salt Rising Bread," which goes:
***
I loves saltin', saltin' bread,
I loves saltin', saltin' bread.
Put on dat skillet, nev' mind de lead,
Caze I'se gwinter cook dat saltin' bread;
Yes, ever since my mammy's been dead,
I'se been makin' an' cookin' dat saltin' bread.
***
'Saltin' bread' seems to refer to bread made from water-ground corn meal, remarks Charles Wolfe, while the more common 'shortenin' bread' is bread mixed with bacon bits or bacon gravy, sometimes called 'cracklin' bread.' See also related tune "Three Little Niggers Layin' in Bed" (Pa.). Krassen (Masters of Old Time Fiddling), 1973; pg. 15. Reiner (Anthology of Fiddle Styles), 1979; pg. 12. County 519, Reaves White County Ramblers - "Echoes of the Ozarks, Vol. 2." County 526, "The Skillet Lickers, Vol. 2" (1973). Gennett 6529 (78 RPM), 1928, Tweedy Brothers (W.Va. brothers Henry, Charles and George playing two fiddles and a piano). Mountain 310, Tommy Jarrell - "Joke on the Puppy" (1976. Learned from his father). Old Homestead OHCSS 191, "Dykes Magic City Trio" (east Tenn.). Rounder 0035, Fuzzy Mountain String Band - "Summer Oaks and Porch" (1973. Learned from Dan Tate, Fancy Gap, Va.). Rounder 0057, Fred Clifton - "Old Originals, Vol. 1" (1978). Rounder 0089, Oscar & Eugene Wright - "Old-Time Fiddle and Guitar Music from West Virginia." Rounder 0320, Bob Carlin & John Hartford - "The Fun of Open Discussion." Voyager VRLP 328-S, "Kenny Hall and the Long Haul String Band" (learned from a Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers recording).

SHORTENIN' BREAD [2]. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard. AABCC'D. See also the related tune "Irish Cobbler." Source for notated version: James Bryan [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), 1994; pg. 222. Conqueror 7975 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts (Ky). Rounder 0175, James Bryan - "Lookout Blues" (1983. Learned from Doc Roberts' recording).

SHORTENIN' BREAD [3]. Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard. AA'BB'CC'DD'. A variation of version #2. Source for notated version: Gary Lee Moore [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), 1994; pg. 221.

(6) THE ROSE OF ALABAMA is HERE and HERE. This is one of the Confederate songs (CLICK HERE). Also in Levy (but only one page is given). A song sheet (without music) is in American Memory, Library of Congress.

(4) JOHNNY IS MY DARLING is in Irwin Silber, Songs of the Civil War (1960; reprint Dover, 1995, pp. 209-210), with music. Words by Father Reed; music: "Charlie Is My Darling." The original sheet music is in the Levy collection (CLICK HERE).

JOHNNY IS MY DARLING

Johnny is my darling, my darling, my darling,
Johnny is my darling, the Union Volunteer.

1. 'Twas on a sunny morning,
The brightest of the year,
When Johnny came to my town,
A Union Volunteer. (Chorus)

2. As he came marching up the street,
The bands played loud and clear;
And everyone came out to greet
The Union Volunteer. (Chorus)

3. With proudly waving starry flags
And hearts that knew no fear;
He came to fight for Freedom's rights,
A Union Volunteer. (Chorus)

4. But though he's gone to glory win,
And I left lonely here,
He'll soon return to me again
As Cupid's Volunteer. (Chorus)

(1) "'Twas at the Siege of Vicksburg" is in Edward Arthur Dolph, Sound Off!: Soldiers Songs From Yankee Doodle to Parley Voo (Cosmopolitan, 1929, pp. 287-289) and in Paul Glass, Singing Soldiers: A History of the Civil War in Song (1968; reprint Da Capo, 1975, pp. 208-210), both with music.

'TWAS AT THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG

1. 'Twas at the siege of Vicksburg,
Of Vicksburg, of Vicksburg,
'Twas at the siege of Vicksburg,
When the Parrot shells were whistling through the air.

Listen to the Parrot shells,
Listen to the Parrot shells,
The Parrot shells are whistling through the air.
Listen to the Parrot shells,
Listen to the Parrot shells,
The Parrot shells are whistling through the air.

2. Oh, well will we remember,
Remember, remember,
Tough mule meat, June sans November;
And the minnie-balls that whistled through the air--

Listen to the minnie-balls,
Listen to the minnie-balls,
The minnie-balls are singing in the air.
Listen to the minnie-balls,
Listen to the minnie-balls,
The minnie-balls are singing in the air.

Note: "Words: Anonymous, Music: Septimus Winner. The Confederates adapted this catchy tune by a Northern composer to describe the bombardment of the strategic port city. The 'Minnie balls' and 'Parrot shells' were coming from General David Porter's Union fleet. The original title of the tune is 'Listening to the Mocking Bird.' Sep. Winner used the pen name of Alice Hawthorne in the first printing of this song." (Glass, p. 208)

(3) "Where Are My Pants"
Can't find this toughest one. Far more difficult than to find my pants.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Seeking and Searching for a few song lyrics
From: kendall
Date: 13 Oct 01 - 08:23 AM

A tiny mistake, it is, thy GLEAMING sword will never rust...


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Subject: Lyr req: Where are my pants
From: MMario
Date: 13 Oct 01 - 01:22 PM

An outstanding job, as usual, Masato

"Where are my pants" could be a variation on "All for me grog"


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Subject: RE: Seeking and Searching for a few song lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Oct 01 - 02:01 PM

Mmario, maybe you better explain to Masato about knickers and flag poles.

~S~


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY MARYLAND (Stonewall Jackson)
From: toadfrog
Date: 13 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM

There is more than one Maryland My Maryland. For example, there is:

MY MARYLAND

BY STONEWALL JACKSON

My barefoot bands are on thy shore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
Their touch is on thy simple door,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Fling open every dry-goods store,
Bring boots and shoes out by the score,
Forth every whisky-barrel pour,
Maryland! my Maryland!

Hark! to a wandering son's appeal,
Maryland! my Maryland!
My glorious State, to thee I kneel,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Give us potatoes, bread, corn-meal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird our beauteous limbs with steal,
Maryland my Maryland!

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Thy burning sword shall never rust,
Maryland! My Maryland!
Take, take these notes of mine "on trust,'"
Confederate bonds may not be just
The things you want--but then you must
, Maryland! my Maryland!

Come! with thy pan-oplied array,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Come! with thy stacks of grain and hay,
Maryland, my Maryland,
We've famished long upon the way,
Our steeds have starved this many a day,
Come! give us what we want, I say,
Maryland, my Maryland.

Come! for thy red eye's good and strong,
Maryland, my Maryland,
Thy hesitation does thee wrong,
Maryland, my Maryland,
Come! to thine own heroic throng!
We've brought some little ills along,
That wouldn't do to sing in song
Maryland, my Maryland,

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
Maryland, my Maryland,
But thou wast always rather weak,
Maryland, my Maryland,
But lo! there surges forth a shriek
Potomac calls to Chesapeake;
I guess from out thine arms I'll streak,
Maryland, my Maryland,

Thou wilt not yield the Southern toll,
Maryland, my Maryland,
Thou wilt not crouch to Jeff's control,
Maryland, my Maryland,
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the shot, the blade, the bowl--
I think so too, upon my soul!
Maryland, my Maryland.

I hear the distant thunder hum
Maryland, my Maryland,
Old Lincoln's bugle, fife and drum
Maryland, my Maryland,
I'm not exactly deaf and dumb--
I know the sound of shell and bomb,
Farewell! again I'll never come,
Since you don't welcome Southern scum--
Maryland, my Maryland.


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Subject: RE: Seeking and Searching for a few song lyrics
From: Joybell
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 07:55 PM

Yes "Where are my pants" is a line out of the version of "All for me Grog" that my husband learned in England I think. I'll take a look at the data base version and see how it compares with it.
That verse starts:

Where are me pants, me noggin noggin pants
All for me beer and tobacco....

I'll get back. The verse about his bed is the best.
... lent it to a whore and the mattress is all tore ...


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Subject: RE: Seeking and Searching for a few song lyrics
From: Joybell
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 08:06 PM

Yes it's there all right. Under "All for me Grog" It's just that no one came up with the pants verse as far as I can see. It doesn't really add much. It's a variant on the verse about his shirt.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the U.S. Civil War
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 11:09 AM

slogan's fairwell fiddle music


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the U.S. Civil War
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 06:41 AM

Just 2 days ago I was listening to a review of 'My Maryland' and I was so fascinated by its tune and history and could not believe how many versions there were. It has a tune that lots of folks can play at this time of year but when you hear it you know that it is a Christmas carol. I am keen to get folks to learn it and to listen to my review and the great recording by the US Pittsberg Choral Choir conducted by Edward Dantin. Maryland was written by James Ryder Randalf in 1871 and remember that the tune only Carrol that can go into a very nice old time song that can be sung all year. The words are so nice and great. The song tells the story of a man who has fought long enough in the US war and wants to go home back to his family in Maryland. The tune of this 1871 song is the same tune as the song 'O Christmas tree'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the U.S. Civil War
From: banjoman
Date: 15 Dec 11 - 05:41 AM

Where are me Pants me noggin noggin Pants
The Pants that I wear in cold weather
Well the seat is kicked about and the turnups all turned out
And me arse is lookin' out for better weather.

And its all for me grog etc

If you want the rest then let me know


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