Tag Archives: dancing

Sail Away Ladies

TITLE: Sail Away Ladies AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: dancing, drink, humorous EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1926 (recording, Uncle Bunt Stephens) Sail Away Ladies originated sometime in the 19th century although possibly has origins as far back as the 18th century. It is one of the quintessential American fiddle tunes – like many, it clearly has read more »

Bile Them Cabbage Down

 TITLE: Bile Them Cabbage Down AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: fiddle, dancing, nonballad, animal, food, floatingverses EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (recordings, Uncle Dave Macon, Fiddlin’ John Carson) Boil Them Cabbage Down is a classic folk song usually played with a fiddle. “Some historians say that the origins of this song can be traced back to read more »

Buffalo Gals

TITLE: Buffalo Gals AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain EARLIEST DATE: A Christy Minstrels version was copyright in 1848 KEYWORDS: bawdy, playparty, dancing, comic “Buffalo Gals” is a traditional American song, written and published as “Lubly Fan” in 1844 by the blackface minstrel John Hodges, who performed as “Cool White.” The song was widely popular throughout read more »

Billy Broke Locks

TITLE: Billy Broke Locks AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Barry, Eckstorm, Smyth) KEYWORDS: prison escape dancing freedom HISTORICAL REFERENCES: monetary exchange in the US Colonies before the revolution. Billy Broke Locks (or the Escape of Old John Webb). Traditional dating back to 1737. Quoting Lomax: “At that time exchange in the colonies was based read more »

Boatman Dance

TITLE: Boatman Dance AUTHOR: Daniel Decatur Emmett EARLIEST DATE: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Firth, but reportedly copyrighted 1843) CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: dancing, river, minstrel, ship, sailor, stevedore This is a song about the stevedores on the Ohio River in the first half of the 1800s. As more people moved west, but before read more »