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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
05-May-07 - 05:06 PM
Thread Name: School Songbook Index PermaThread
Subject: Index: The American Song Book
I've just picked up another song book at my local Oxfam shop They had 3 copies, (I nabbed them all!!).

The American Song Book
(ed) John Horton
(pub)E.J.Arnold & Son Ltd Leeds.
No date given, no price pre-printed to give an idea of age. Latest dated reference in it is to "The Epic of America 1940"

Contents (with melody/accompaniment) are:
1, The Barnyard Song (I Had a Cat)
2, The Swapping song (When I was a little Boy)
3, Turn the Glasses Over
4, Turkey in the Straw
5, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
6, I Got a Robe
7, Roll the Cotton Down
8, The Plains of Mexico
9, We're All Bound to Go
10, The Little Old Sod Shanty
11, The Shantyman's Life
12, Wait for the Wagon
13, Git Along, Little Dogies
14, The Lone Star Trail
15 The Banks of Sacramento
16, Poor Paddy Works on the Railway
17, She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain
18, Yankee Doodle
19 My Old Kentucky Home
20, Oh! Susanna
21, The Star-Spangled Banner
22, John Brown's Body
23, Battle Hymn of the Republic
24, When Johnny Comes Marching Home
25, Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys are Marching
26, Dixie
27, America.

Some explanation is given with each song, e.g.
10 The Little Old Sod Shanty:
"Shanty" here has nothing to do with sailors' songs. It is about the early pioneers who struck westwards in search of new lands to settle in, and came to the treeless prairies where they could no longer build themselves the log cabins they had been used to in the mountains and forest country. So they dug hollows or trenches in the ground, piled sods of turf around like bricks, and made a roof of turf held up by cross poles. This was a "sod shanty""