Tag Archives: cumulative

Children Go Where I Send Thee

TITLE: Children Go Where I Send Thee AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, religious, Jesus, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1936 (recording, Dennis Crampton & Robert Summers) Children, Go Where I Send Thee exemplifies [hope and redemption] beautifully because it was originally an African-American slave song – and no group in U.S. history read more »

The Twelve Days of Christmas

TITLE: The Twelve Days of Christmas AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Christmas, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1780 children’s book Mirth without Mischief The twelve days of Christmas in the song are the twelve days between the birth of Christ (Christmas, December 25) and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, January 6). Although the read more »

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

TITLE: Old MacDonald Had a Farm AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: animal, farming, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1917 in Tommy’s Tunes There are numerous songs in history that are similar to the present day Old MacDonald. The earliest recorded member of this family of songs may be a number from an opera called The read more »

I Had a Little Rooster

TITLE: I Had a Little Rooster AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: animal, cumulative, farming, humorous, donkey, cow, cat, pig, baby, dog EARLIEST DATE: 1849 (Halliwell) Another cumulative songs which keeps adding lines with every verse. The difference between this and other cumulative songs I’ve done, you do animals sounds with each additional animal. While recording, read more »

Green Grass Grew All Around, The

TITLE: The Green Grass Grew All Around AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: cumulative, EARLIEST DATE: 1877 (Miss M. H. Mason, _Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs_) The Green Grass Grew All Around is a excellent example of a cumulative song. A cumulative song is a song with a simple verse structure modified by progressive addition so that each verse is longer read more »