Texas Folk Songs / Edition 2

Texas Folk Songs / Edition 2

by William A. Owens
     
 

ISBN-10: 1574411144

ISBN-13: 9781574411140

Pub. Date: 04/01/2000

Publisher: University of North Texas Press


“This volume is,” in Owens’s words, “a sampling of a rich experience in a richer land.” The 135 songs included, a number of them in versions by more than one singer, are divided into nine chapters containing British popular ballads, Anglo-American ballads, Anglo-American love songs, Anglo-American comic songs, songs and games for…  See more details below

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“This volume is,” in Owens’s words, “a sampling of a rich experience in a richer land.” The 135 songs included, a number of them in versions by more than one singer, are divided into nine chapters containing British popular ballads, Anglo-American ballads, Anglo-American love songs, Anglo-American comic songs, songs and games for children, play-party songs and games, Anglo-American spirituals, African-American spirituals, and African-American secular songs. The British ballads were brought to America in the seventeenth century and later were carried westward to Texas by the adventurous pioneers who settled the state.

The American ballad section is full of the stories of battles, crimes, and catastrophes that appealed as subjects to our country’s folk singers when they adapted the British ballad traditions to their own use. There is heroism aplenty in these ballads; but when it came to love, the American singers deserted the heroically tragic tales of British balladry for mournful, plaintive songs in which the sad lover has nothing much to do but waste away in sorrow. Songs like these helped Texas pioneer women—and men also—to find release from the sternness of frontier life by “having a good cry.” On the other hand, humor, too, helped—raw, rugged, raucous humor, as the section of comic songs demonstrates.

New musical transcriptions of the melodies have been provided by musicologist Jessie Ann Owens from the original recordings, with guitar chords indicated where the singer provided accompaniment. Bibliographical source notes are included for the benefit of the scholar; but this is not a book just for scholars. These songs have been collected, as Owens has written, “for those who love to sing them as well as for those who have an interest in the past.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411140
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Publications of the Texas Folklore Society Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.45(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Notes on Musical Transcriptionsxv
Introductionxix
British Popular Ballads3
Rosemary One Time4
Pretty Polly6
Billy Boy10
How Come That Blood on Your Shirt Sleeve11
Three Black Crows14
Loving Henry16
Fair Ellender17
Who Will Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot20
The Three Little Babes21
Barbara Allen23
The Hangman's Rope26
The Four Marys27
Gypsy Davy29
The House Carpenter31
The Drunkard's Song33
Ti Risslety Rosslety34
The Devil's Song36
The Merry Golden Tree38
A Rich Irish Lady40
Anglo-American Ballads42
William Hall, or the Brisky Young Farmer43
A Pretty Fair Maid46
Late One Sunday Evening48
Lovely William50
Once I Courted a Fair Beauty Bride51
Come All You Pretty Fair Maids52
The Little Sparrow52
I Dreamed Last Night of My True Love54
Come, All You Jolly Cowboys55
On the Red River Shore56
Lovely Mary57
As I Walked Out on a May Morning58
All in the Scenes of Winter59
I Was Out Walking60
Oh, Willie61
Young Johnnie62
The Oxford Girl64
The Drummer Boy of Waterloo65
Young Charlottie66
The Butcher's Boy68
The Wild Moor69
Little Mohea71
The Jealous Lover72
The Banks of Cloddie73
Fair Fannie Moore75
Brother Green77
I Was Standing on Pickets77
Jesse James78
Cole Younger80
The Boston Burglar81
The Two Orphans82
The Grog Shop Door84
The Roving Gambler85
Anglo-American Love Songs87
The Sailor Boy88
Nora Darling89
The Irish Girl90
Fond Affection90
Bury Me beneath the Willow91
The Birmingham Jail92
My Blue-eyed Boy93
They Say It Is Sinful to Flirt94
Too Late94
Lorene96
On Top of Old Smoky97
The Bright Sherman Valley98
Goodbye, Little Bonnie Blue Eyes99
My Pretty Little Pink101
Jack and Joe102
Anglo-American Comic Songs103
The Widow of McCarty104
Noddingham Town105
It Was a Young Man106
Come All You Fair Maidens107
Dear John108
Brynie O'Linn110
Come All You Mississippi Girls110
Went Out A-Sparkin'112
Hard Times113
The Young Men They'll Dress Up115
Not the Only Turtle in the Tank116
Old Kincaid117
Jennie Jenkins118
There Was an Old Man That Lived on the Hill119
Devilish Mary121
Blue-eyed Boy Is Mad at Me121
Rolly Troodum122
I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again123
I Wish to My Lord I Was Single Again124
The Blue-tailed Fly125
I Don't Like to See Boys126
Who Will Hold My Stovepipe Hat127
The Lazy Man128
Hurrah for Arkansas129
Pompey Smash and Davy Crockett130
Joe Bowers132
Songs and Games for Children134
Come All You Jolly Hunters135
Frog Went A-Courting136
Way Down South Where I Was Born139
When I'se a Little Boy140
Prettiest Little Tree141
Hunting the Wren143
Saw an Old Crow145
Old Jay Bird145
The Brown Duck146
Play-Party Songs and Games148
Shoot the Buffalo149
I'm on My Way to Georgy150
Weevily Wheat151
Little Brass Wagon153
The Girl I Left behind Me153
Going to Boston154
Old Dan Tucker155
Hog-Drovers155
Dance Josey156
Old Joe Clark157
Buffalo Girls159
Skip to My Lou159
Tideo160
Anglo-American Spirituals161
The Hebrew Children163
I Will Arise and Go to Jesus163
On Canaan's Happy Shore164
And Am I Born to Die164
There'll Be No Dark Valley164
No, Never Alone165
Come, Humble Sinners166
The Wicked Daughter167
The Orphan Girl168
The Romish Lady168
Afro-American Spirituals170
I've Been Listenin' All Day Long171
Travelin' Shoes172
By and By173
Oh, My Lovin' Brothuh174
Afro-American Secular Songs175
Oh, Mou'nuhs176
Oh, Hear That Trumpet Sound177
You Shall Be Free178
Go to Sleep, Little Baby179
Well, the Day I Left My Po' Mama's Door180
Go to Sleepy181
Source Notes183
Index of Titles187
Index of First Lines189

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