Tag Archives: poverty

At the Foot of Yonder Mountain (Pretty Saro)

TITLE: At the Foot of Yonder Mountain (Pretty Saro) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: love, poverty, river EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1911 (Lomax, North Carolina Booklet, according to Randolph) Pretty Saro was first recorded in the early 20th century when a few academic heroes travelled through the mountains capturing songs that had been handed read more »

Hard Times Come Again No More

TITLE: Hard Times Come Again No More AUTHOR: Stephen C. Foster CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: poverty, hardtimes EARLIEST DATE: 1854 (Library of Congress Sheet sm1854 760350) A melodic genius with tender, sympathetic lyrics and infectious rhythm, Stephen Foster is often credited as “America’s First Composer” and widely regarded as one of the first who made professional songwriting 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Public Domain KEYWORDS: farming, work, poverty, commerce, money EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (recording, Fiddlin’ John Carson) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Populist movement in the United States (1890-1896).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 »

Across the Western Ocean

TITLE: Across the Western Ocean AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: emigration, poverty, hardtimes EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Sandburg) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Irish Potato Famine 1846-1850 Penniless in the wake of a potato famine in their homeland, one and a half million Irish people immigrated to the United States between 1846 and 1850. Their read more »

Acres of Clams

TITLE: Acres of Clams AUTHOR: Francis D. Henry? EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: The first recorded reference to this song was in the Olympia, Washington newspaper the Washington Standard in April 1877. CATEGORY: Public Domain, Debated KEYWORDS: gold, farming, poverty, settler, prospecting, clams Said to be written by Francis D. Henry 1874, although the Traditional Ballad Index says the read more »

Down on Penny’s Farm

TITLE: Down on Penny’s Farm AUTHOR: unknown EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (recording, Bently Boys) KEYWORDS: hard times, work, farming, poverty, landlord HISTORICAL REFERENCES: None Bascom Lamar Lunsford, (1882-1973), the Southern folklorist, lawyer, and traditional singer [who lived just a bit further south on Turkey Creek, in Leicester, NC, than the admin of this website], says he read more »