Tag Archives: river

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 »

Red River Valley

TITLE: Red River Valley AUTHOR: original text (“The Bright Mohawk Valley”) by James Kerrigan, 1896 CATEGORY: Author Known (text only), Public Domain KEYWORDS: separation, river, farewell EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1896 “This latter-day Western piece stands as proof of what folk-singers can do to refine and purify a song which comes to them from written sources. read more »

Hudson River Steamboat

TITLE: Hudson River Steamboat AUTHOR: perhaps adapted by John Allison? CATEGORY: public domain KEYWORDS: river, ship, technology EARLIEST DATE: 1955 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The first steamboats made in America sailed on the Hudson River—and they still do. Robert Fulton was the man credited with perfecting the first steamboat, although it was far from perfect on that first memorable trip read more »

Michael Row the Boat Ashore

TITLE: Michael Row the Boat Ashore AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: religious, nonballad, travel, river, ship, work, worksong, floatingverses, shanty EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen, Ware, Garrison) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Seeger dates this Georgia sea islands worksong from the mid-19th century. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore (is an African-American spiritual and was first published in Slave 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 »