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Sailing, Sailing

TITLE: Sailing, Sailing AUTHOR: Godfrey Marks CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: sailor, sea, ship, home EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1880 (sheet music) James Frederick Swift, who wrote under the pseudonym of Godfrey Marks, was born in Manchester in 1847, became an organist and composer and died in Wallasey, Cheshire, in 1931. The complete lyrics and music are read more »

The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)

TITLE: The Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Swanee River) AUTHOR: Stephen Foster CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known KEYWORDS: home, exile, family EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1851 (sheet music by Firth, Pond & Co.). First recording, February 1894 in Washington DC by Miss Jessie Oliver. SOME CONSIDER THIS SONG OFFENSIVE: Click here for more information. read more »

Ash Grove

TITLE: The Ash Grove AUTHOR: Welsh words credited to John Jones (19 January 1810 – October 1869), known by his bardic name of Talhaiarn / English words by Thomas Oliphant (1799–1873) CATEGORY: Public Domain, Traditional KEYWORDS: home, friend EARLIEST DATE: 1862 collection Welsh Melodies This song has roots dating back perhaps to the late 1600s. An early version of it was used in John read more »

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

TITLE: When Johnny Comes Marching Home AUTHOR: Words: “Louis Lambert” (Patrick S. Gilmore) CATEGORY: author known, public domain KEYWORDS: home, war, return, reunion, nonballad EARLIEST DATE: 1863 (sheet music published by Henry Tolman & Co, Boston) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: United States Civil War When Johnny Comes Marching Home expressed people’s longing for the return of their friends read more »

900 Miles

TITLE: 900 Miles AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Public Domain, Traditional EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1909 (Journal Of American Folklore) KEYWORDS: train, love, separation, home This is an old railroad song. The earliest known version is from 1909. I learned the song from a Cisco Houston recording which was popular in the late 50’s and early 60’s using the read more »

Home on the Range

TITLE: Home on the Range AUTHOR: Debated EARLIEST DATE: 1873 (lyrics published in Smith County [KS] Pioneer) CATEGORY: Public Domain, Authorship Debated KEYWORDS: cowboy, home John Lomax, who collected the song at the turn of the century (1900s) was never convinced of the authorship of Dr. Brewster Higley (words) and Daniel Kelley (music).  The song traveled read more »


TITLE: Abilene AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: unknown, debated KEYWORDS: home, train, nonballad EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1973 John D. Loudermilk, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, is ofter credited with writing “Abilene.”  John D. Loudermilk, born March 31, 1934, wrote many famous songs but the read more »