Tag Archives: bird

Billy Magee Magaw

TITLE: Billy Magee Magaw AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: death, bird, food EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1611 (Thomas Ravenscroft). Ravenscroft (c. 1588 – 1635) was an English musician, theorist and editor, notable as a composer of rounds and catches, and especially for compiling collections of British folk music. This is a minstrel show version of The read more »

Turkey in the Straw

TITLE: Turkey in the Straw AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: travel, animal, bird, dancetune EARLIEST DATE: 1896 (recordings, Billy Golden) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Turkey in the Straw was very popular during Andrew Jackson’s presidency, Turkey in the Straw is one of America’s oldest folk songs for which its origins are unrecorded. It’s likely that the lyrics and read more »

Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight

TITLE: Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: elopement, homicide, seduction, lie EARLIEST DATE: 1776 (Herd) Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight appears in many variants but the main theme is that the knight of the title woos the lady with music (i.e. blows a magic horn, or in some variations sings a magic song), or read more »

Hush Little Baby

TITLE: Hush Little Baby AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: lullaby, bird, commerce, gift EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection) Hush Little Baby is a lullaby which is usually sung to children before they go to sleep. The idea is that the song sung by a familiar and beautiful voice will lull the child read more »

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

TITLE: Go Tell Aunt Rhody AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: bird, death, mourning EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection) Go Tell Aunt Rhody is a for the most part considered a children’s song. But the simple lyric and tune has an extremely complicated history. “The tune is thought by some to have been read more »