By Robert W. Halli Jr.
Alabama is a country wealthy in folksong culture, from outdated English ballads sung alongside the Tennessee River to kid's online game songs performed in cellular, from the rhythmic paintings songs of the railroad gandy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 background of blacks and whites, wealthy and negative, hill people and cotton farmers, those songs undergo as a residing a part of the state's different past.
In the mid Nineteen Forties Byron Arnold, an keen younger song professor from The college of Alabama, got down to locate and list as a lot of those songs as he may possibly and was once rewarded through unstinting cooperation from many informants. Mrs. Julia Greer Marechal of cellular, for instance, used to be ninety years outdated, blind, and a semi-invalid, yet she sang for Arnold for 3 hours, permitting the recording of 33 songs and onerous Arnold and his technician. Helped by means of such residing repositories as Mrs. Marechal, the Arnold assortment grew to good over 500 songs, augmented by means of box notes and memorable biographical info at the singers.
An Alabama Songbook is the results of Arnold's efforts and people of his informants around the kingdom and has been formed by means of Robert W. Halli Jr. right into a narrative enriched via greater than 2 hundred major songs-lullabies, Civil conflict 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 folks Songs of North America and Vance Randolph's Ozark Folksongs, this quantity will entice common audiences, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, preservationists, conventional musicians, and historians.
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Myrtle Love Hester, Florence, 7 August 1945. ” Chapter 1. Love’s Triumphs / 7 2 “Oh Willie dear, that would be useless. ” 4 “Oh Willie dear, that would be folly. ” “Locks and Bolts” has ®ourished in American oral tradition, though the basic premise of its story has usually been lost. In the original versions, the young woman is very rich and her beloved suitor very poor. To prevent their marriage, her family sends her away in secret to live as a prisoner in an uncle’s house. Here she is found and rescued by her true love.
Tradition supports a stanza composed of the last two lines of Hill’s sixth stanza and the fragmentary seventh. Sometimes a stanza is composed of the statement and repetition of the ¤rst two lines of the sixth stanza; or those lines are sometimes dropped—the ¤rst appears in Mrs. Hill’s eighth stanza. 8 / Ballads Sung by Mrs. Lena Hill, Lexington, 10 June 1947. 2 When I woke and found it was a dream, I was forced to stay without her. Next morning I rose, put on my clothes, Determed to ¤nd my lady.
6 Yes, love, I see that lonesome dove, A-®ying from vine to vine, A-mourning for the loss of a mate, Just like I am for mine. ” 8 I wish to God I’d-a never been born, Or I’d-a died when I was young. I never would have mourned for the loss of a mate, Nor loved no other one. Chapter 3. Love’s Disappointments / 37 The Rich Irish Lady (Laws P 9, closely related to Child 295, The Brown Girl) In “The Brown Girl” (Child 295), the title character is scorned by a young man who jilts her for a fairer lover.
An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals Collected by Byron Arnold by Robert W. Halli Jr.