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Subject: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: GUEST,gcarrier62@go.com
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 05:59 PM

I once heard a song on Tom Glazer's "Musical Heritage Of America" from 1974 (with Dick Weissman) series, set III; it was sung to the tune of the Irish melody the Jaunting Car, the same tune Bonnie Blue Flag is written to. I am not sure if the title is "Rich Treasures In Our Soil" or "Our Nation Has Struck Oil". Anyone know what song I am referring to? If so, where can I find some background and lyrics. I can't find the Tom Glazer recordings. I would hope to see them on CD in the future.

Thank you
Gerard Carrier
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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 06:18 PM

Hello and welcome, Gerard. I am sure someone will come in here and know the song you are looking for, but in the meantime, if you put Tom's name in the Lyrics and Knowledge Search box, up top, you will find several threads which make mention of him, including an obituary one from earlier this year. Might not have the song you are looking for, but there may be other info you would find interesting.

All the best,

kat


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 06:22 PM

I had no luck at all. Did find a page of his songs; do you want it?


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: GUEST,gcarrier62@go.com
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 11:07 AM

Yes, I would like a page of his songs, thank you very much!


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 11:16 AM

Click here, then scroll almost all the way down.


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Gerard
Date: 18 Jul 03 - 01:09 PM

Still wondering if anyone has heard of a song written to the tune of the Irish Jaunting car that talks about striking it rich with oil.


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Amos
Date: 18 Jul 03 - 01:16 PM

I've struck oil at last, I've struck rich and I vow
I've struck some remarkable strains.
Once I struck a policeman fer sayin' that now
I'd go back on my Kitty Colchrane...


(Bally James Bluff)


I assume this is not the reference you were looking for -- it is the wrong tune, for one thing. But it's the only place I could think of. Sorry!


A


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Subject: RE: Our Nation Has Struck Oil or Rich Treasures in
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:07 PM

Still wondering if anyone has heard of a song written to the tune of the Irish Jaunting car that talks about striking it rich with oil. Tom Glazer made a recording of the song on his "Musical Heritage Of America". This is the same tune as Bonnie Blue Flag where the chorus goes: "Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!", the lyrics instead go "Hurrah! Hurrah! our nation has struck oil... what care we .......rich treasures in our soil."


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Subject: RE: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: GUEST,Gerard
Date: 06 Feb 04 - 06:05 PM

Still wondering if anyone has the lyrics to this song....


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Subject: Lyr Add: OIL ON THE BRAIN (Eastburn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 04 - 12:09 PM

Would a different song about oil interest you?

Copied from The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:

OIL ON THE BRAIN
"As sung in New-York, Philadelphia, and all the principal cities of the Union, where the ile fever abounds."

The Yankees boast that they make clocks which "just beat all Creation."
They never made one could keep time with our Great Speculation.
Our stocks, like clocks, go with a spring: wind up, run down again;
But all our strikes are sure to cause oil on the brain.

CHORUS: Stocks par, stocks up, then on the wane--
Everybody's troubled with oil on the brain.

There's various kinds of oil afloat: cod-liver, castor, sweet--
Which tend to make a sick man well, and set him on his feet;
But ours a curious feat performs: We just a well obtain,
And set the people crazy with oil on the brain. CHORUS

There's neighbor Smith, a poor young man, who could not raise a dime,
Had clothes that boasted many rents, and took his "Nip" on time;
But now he's clad in dandy style, sports diamonds, kids, and cane.
And his success was owing to oil on the brain. CHORUS

Miss Simple drives her coach and four, and dresses in high style;
And Mr. Shoddy courts her strong, because her Dad's struck ile.
Her jewels, laces, velvets, silks, of which she is so vain,
Were bought by Dad the time he had oil on the brain. CHORUS

You meet a friend upon the street. He greets you with a smile,
And tells you, in a hummed way, he's "just gone into ile."
He button-holds you half an hour. Of course, you can't complain;
For, you can see the fellow has oil on the brain. CHORUS

The lawyers, doctors, hatters, clerks, industrious and lazy,
Have put their money all in stocks, in fact, have gone oil-crazy.
They'd better stick to briefs and pills, hot-irons, ink and pen,
Or they will "kick the bucket" from oil on the brain. CHORUS

Poor Mrs. Jones was taken ill. The doctors gave her up.
They lost the confidence they had in lancet, leech, and cup.
Afflictions sore long time she bore. Physicians were in vain;
And she, at last, expired of oil on the brain. CHORUS

There's Maple-Shade, Excelsior, Bull-Creek, Big-Tank, Dalzell,
And Key-Stone, Star, Venango, Briggs, Organic, Luna, Tarrell,
Petroleum, Saint-Nicholas, Conn. Planter, New-Creek Vein;
Sure 'tis no wonder many have oil on the brain. CHORUS

[No tune, date, or author is given on the original song sheet, but a later song was advertised thus: "THE TRIUMPH OF THE FLAG, OR, OUR FLAG O'ER RICHMOND WAVES AGAIN, by Eastburn, author of OIL ON THE BRAIN...."]

[There are several other songs about oil at The Library of Congress American Memory Collection (click for the search page) and at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, but I couldn't find the one you're looking for.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: GUEST,Gerard
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 03:31 PM

Thank you for your contribution, however, it wasn't the one I was looking for....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Amos
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 03:39 PM

Gerard:

I am sorry , I have been unable to find a trace of these lines.

Amos


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 04:01 PM

As far as I can tell, Tom Glazer wrote or edited many books of songs for children, but only two that contain more "adult" songs:
  • Tom Glazer's Treasury of Folk Songs for the Family (Grosset & Dunlap, 1964)

  • Songs of Peace, Freedom, & Protest (1970 - I have the Fawcett 1972 falling-apart paperback reissue)

  • I paged through both books and didn't find anything like the song that's requested. Still, it was great fun looking.
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
    From: GUEST,Gerard
    Date: 30 Apr 04 - 01:13 PM

    I guess the only way I will be able to find the lyrics is through the record


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    Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
    From: Jim Dixon
    Date: 14 May 04 - 09:50 AM

    See the related thread Lyr Req: Have You Struck Ile (Oil)?


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    Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Rich Treasures In Our Soil
    From: maeve
    Date: 14 Sep 12 - 12:59 PM

    This thread has found its answer in the "Have You Struck Ile (Oil)" thread linked by Jim Dixon, above, 14 May 04 - 09:50 AM


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