Tag Archives: commerce

John Gilbert is the Boat

TITLE: John Gilbert is the Boat AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: ship, travel, commerce EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1939 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: “The John Gilbert ran from Cincinnati to Florence, Alabama. She was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1881, and was named for Captain John Gilbert, of Evansville, Indiana, president of the Ohio and Tennessee River Packet Company.” read more »

Molly Malone

TITLE: Molly Malone AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: death, food, worker, ghost, disease, commerce EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: The famous cockles and mussels version was first published in the United States in 1883, attributed to James Yorkston. The Dublin wits who dubbed the statue of Molly Malone, “the tart with the cart”, as soon as read more »

Farmer is the Man, The

TITLE: The Farmer is the Man AUTHOR: Unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: farming, work, poverty, commerce, money EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (recording, Fiddlin’ John Carson) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Populist movement in the United States (1890-1896). “The Farmer is the Man” is the most famous song inspired by the Populist movement, also known as the People’s Party in late-19th century America. read more »

Do You Know the Muffin Man?

TITLE: Do You Know the Muffin Man? AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: playparty food commerce EARLIEST DATE: 1837 (Hone); c.1820 (Bodleian Douce Adds. 134(8), according to Opie-Game) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: In researching this song, I’ve found that despite its being a part of our collective subconscious, the song’s origins are quite obscure. In The Every-Day read more »