By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state choice of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different country folksong collections, this one doesn't specialise in songs accrued within the specific states, yet particularly on songs about the lifestyles and instances of the folk of that nation. the themes variety from the most important old occasions, equivalent to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions akin to mess ups and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a number of the songs may be well known, comparable to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less usual, haven't been reprinted considering the fact that their unique e-book, yet should be studied as a result of what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is geared up through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and via states inside each one area. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a regular of 10 songs in line with country. for every tune, a whole textual content is reprented, by way of dialogue of the music in its ancient context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, corresponding to these mentioned the following, are an immense device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the earlier at a unique point from that of up to date newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God solid to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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In our valleys there is danger, and there’s danger in our hills! Oh, hear ye not the singing of the bugle wild and free? Full soon ye’ll know the ringing of the rifle from the tree! Chorus: For the rifle (clap, clap)— The rifle (clap, clap) In our hands will prove no trifle! Ye ride a goodly steed; ye may know another master. Ye forward come with speed, but ye’ll learn to back much faster, When ye meet our mountain boys and their leader, Johnny Stark, Lads who make but little noise, lads who always hit the mark!
To her he went with tears ’tis said, And many solemn vows they made; She false girl, fill’d his heart with wo, Which sent him to the shades below. And when so cruel she did prove, And thus her true love did abuse, By choosing of another one, He cried I’m utterly undone. To her he went and thus he cried, Dear Sally, will you be my bride? For sure our vows must end the strife Or cut the brittle thread of life. No answer from her could he gain To ease him from his bitter pain; He said you’ve pierc’d my tender heart, Alas, this world and I must part!
In 1814 Bostonian Francis Cabot Lowell, having returned from England with the details of English mill machinery fixed in his photographic memory, established a mill at Waltham, just west of Boston, on the Charles River—the first to integrate all textile operations in a single building. ), concentrated on the production of coarse but durable cotton cloth—a fabric that perfectly suited frontier Americans—and found a ready and profitable market. Because the mills soon outgrew the limited water power of the Charles, in about 1822, after Lowell’s death, his partners broke ground on another mill near Chelmsford, on the Merrimack River north of Boston.