Alan Lomax – The Penguin Book Of American Folk Songs

Apr 18 2016

Alan Lomax – The Penguin Book Of American Folk Songs

111 ballads, sea shanties, love songs, lullabies, reels, work songs, cowboy songs, and spirituals from Colonial days to modern times. With piano arrangements by Elizabeth Poston and guitar chord charts.
It’s a very complete and representative collection of folks songs, but what makes it even better is the short accompanying description and background on each of the songs. The introduction by Alan Lomax is excellent and gives a great basis to understanding the history and development of American folk music and helps put things into context.
Lomax has included a superbly structured chord chart that, without going in to too much theory (which most folk probably wouldn’t want anyway) sets out the entire basis for harmonic accompaniment of songs in a simple and logical manner. Once you learn this chart….you can’t go wrong. The book would be worth it just for this section alone!
If you are interested in accompanying American (or any other western) folk music on guitar this book is for you.

Contents:

Yankee songs

  • The Pizen Sarpint
  • The Dying British Sergeant
  • Yankee Doodle
  • The Ram of Derby
  • The Stately Southerner
  • The Boston Come-All-Ye
  • Little Mohee/Old Smokey
  • The Wild Mizzourye
  • As I Walked Down on Broadway
  • The Bay of Mexico
  • Foreman Young Monroe
  • The Erie Canal
  • Weary of the Railway
  • The Jattle Brown Bull
  • Katy Cruel
  • The Foggy Dew

Southern Mountain songs

  • Pretty Saro
  • The Lazy Man
  • Went up on the Mountain
  • Come all you Virginia Girls
  • Ground-Hog
  • Old Blue
  • The Farmer’s Curst Wife
  • Pretty Polly
  • I Love my Love
  • My Good Old Man
  • Will You Wear Red?
  • Lolly Toodum
  • Old Man’s Courtship
  • East Virginia
  • Single Girl
  • Goober Peas
  • Wake up, Darliri Corey
  • Dartin’

Lullabies And Reels

  • Cotton-Eye Joe
  • The Old Grey Goose
  • Hush-You-Bye
  • Hush, Little Baby
  • All Hid
  • Run, Boys, Run
  • Frog Went A-Courtin’
  • Uncle Reuben
  • Blue-Tail Fly
  • Green Corn
  • We’re Gonna Raise a Rukus
  • Goin’ to Boston
  • Weevily Wheat
  • Billy Boy
  • Get Along Home, Cindy
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Black-eyed Susie
  • Sourwood Mountain

Spirituals and Work Songs

  • Little David
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  • Hebrew Children
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I See
  • Didn’t my Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Go Down, Moses
  • Great Day
  • What Month was Jesus Born in?
  • Down by the Riverside
  • The Ballad of the Boll Weevil
  • The Grey Goose
  • John Henry
  • Pick a Bale o’ Cotton
  • Stew ball
  • The Hammer Song
  • Godamighty Drag
  • Railroad Man
  • Follow the Drinkin’-Gourd

Western Songs

  • The Sioux Indians
  • Sweet Betsy from Pike
  • The Ox-Driving Song
  • Jesse James
  • Rye Whiskey
  • The Range of the Buffalo
  • The Old Chisholm Trail
  • Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo
  • The Dying Cowboy
  • I’m a-Ridin’ Old Paint
  • The Zehra Dun
  • My Government Claim
  • Black Jack Davy
  • The Roving Gambler

Modern Times

  • Birmingham Jail
  • John Harty
  • Poor Boy
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Brady and Duncan
  • Take a Sniff on M e (The Cocaine Song)
  • Delia
  • The Midnight Special
  • The O ld ’97
  • Casey Jones
  • The Rock Island Line
  • Hallelujah, I’m a Bum
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountains
  • Abdul the Bul Bul Ameer
  • Careless Love
  • St. James Infirm’ry
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Titanic
  • Worried Man
  • Irene
  • Which Side are You On?
  • Blowin’ down the Road
  • So Long
  • Alabama Bound
  • Wanderin’
  • Fare Thee Well, О Honey (Dink’s Song)

Format: PDF, 145 pages

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