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Posted By: Joe Offer
29-Apr-04 - 04:12 PM
Thread Name: School Songbook Index PermaThread
Subject: School Songbook Index PermaThread
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How to use Songbook Indexes

Use [CTRL-F] to find the song you want, and then post a request for the song at the bottom of the thread. We'll contact the songbook owner and obtain the lyrics, and we'll post an answer or a link in your request message.

School songbooks often have abbreviated or sanitized versions of songs - but they also often have tunes that we may be missing, which is one reason why I started this thread.
To find a song, use [CTRL-F] on your keyboard, and put in a pertinent word from the song title.
from Q:

Online Songbooks

(from Masato Sakurai)
Two 19th-century school songbooks are available online:

School melodies : containing a choice collection of popular airs with original and appropriate words composed expressly for the use of schools / by J.W. Greene.
Greene, J. W. (James Whitman)
72 p. of music ; 11 x 17 cm.
Boston : Morris Cotton, c1852.

Dainty songs for little lads and lasses : for use in the kindergarten, school and home / by James R. Murray.
Murray, James R. (James Ramsey), 1841-1905.
1 score (160 p.) ; 16 cm.
Cincinnati : John Church Co., c1887.
Other 19th-century school songbooks online (at American Memory):

School Songs: Grammar School, no. 1, by H. W. Fairbank (Chicago: Winchell & Co., S. R., 1883)

The American School Music Reader: A Systematically Graded Course of Instruction in Music for Public Schools, Second Book, by L.O. Emerson and W.S. Tilden (Boston: Ditson & Co., Oliver, 1874)

American School Music Reader (Boston: Ditson & Co., 1874) [cover & title page lacking]

Bailey's School Songs, by E. H. Bailey (Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1880)

Bailey's School Songs And Music Reader, by Eben H. Bailey (Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1880)

Supplementary Music to the High School Music Reader, by Julius Eichberg (Boston: Ginn Heath & Co., 1884)
Old schoolbook on line: The New England Primer, 1777.
Primer

It has some interesting rhymed couplets tied to the alphabet, "Dr. Watts's Cradle Hymn," verses for children (threatening 'dreadful fiery Hell,' etc.