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By Robert W. Halli Jr.

ISBN-10: 0817313060

ISBN-13: 9780817313067

A lavish presentation of 208 folksongs gathered all through Alabama within the 1940s.

Alabama is a nation wealthy in folksong culture, from outdated English ballads sung alongside the Tennessee River to kid's video game songs performed in cellular, from the rhythmic paintings songs of the railroad gandy dancers of Gadsden to the spirituals of the Black Belt. The musical historical past of blacks and whites, wealthy and negative, hill folks and cotton farmers, those songs undergo as a dwelling a part of the state's diverse past.

In the mid Forties Byron Arnold, an keen younger tune professor from The college of Alabama, got down to locate and checklist as a lot of those songs as he may well and was once rewarded via unstinting cooperation from many informants. Mrs. Julia Greer Marechal of cellular, for instance, was once ninety years previous, blind, and a semi-invalid, yet she sang for Arnold for 3 hours, permitting the recording of 33 songs and laborious Arnold and his technician. Helped via such residing repositories as Mrs. Marechal, the Arnold assortment grew to good over 500 songs, augmented through box notes and noteworthy biographical info at the singers.

An Alabama Songbook is the results of Arnold's efforts and people of his informants around the nation and has been formed by means of Robert W. Halli Jr. right into a narrative enriched by means of greater than 2 hundred major songs-lullabies, Civil struggle anthems, African-American gospel and secular songs, mess around tunes, temperance songs, love ballads, play-party rhymes, and paintings songs. within the culture of Alan Lomax's The people Songs of North America and Vance Randolph's Ozark Folksongs, this quantity will attract normal audiences, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, preservationists, conventional musicians, and historians.

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8 Lord Lovel was buried in St. Martin’s Kirk, Lady Nancy was laid in the choir, And out of her bosom there grew a red rose, And out of his bosom a brier, ’rier, ’rier, And out of his bosom a brier. 9 And they grew and they grew till they reached the church top, And then couldn’t grow any higher, And there they entwined in a true lovers’ knot, Which all true lovers admire, ’rire, ’rire, Which all true lovers admire. Chapter 3. Love’s Disappointments / 33 Sailor Shantey (Laws K 12, The Sailor Boy I) This ballad was published as a broadside in England during the nineteenth century, included in a number of twentieth-century American songbooks, and recorded by popular artists such as Vernon Dalhart and the Carter Family.

Once whole I court heart’s de ed a fair light. ” on for her placed my love and rea son to com plain. Chapter 3. Love’s Disappointments / 35 3 To the war I resolved then to go To see whether I could forget my love or no; But when I got there the army shined so bright, The deepest of my thoughts was my whole heart’s delight. 4 Three long years in the service of my land, The end of three years I returned home again; My eyes so full of tears, my heart so full of woe, To her father’s house I resolved then to go.

18 / Ballads Love Henry (Child 68, Young Hunting) The speaker attempts to persuade Love Henry to dismount from his horse and spend the night with her. Although he initially denies her request and says he prefers another woman, he eventually gives in and, during the night, the jealous speaker kills him. Before he dies, in some versions, he claims that his statement about the other woman was just a teasing untruth, and that might help explain the woman’s change of attitude in Mrs. Hill’s fourth stanza.

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