Tag Archives: talltale

El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois)

TITLE: El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, talltale, emigration, farming EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Sandburg) As the United States grew and frontier moved westward, many hardworking individuals and families sought fertile land that was either free or at least cheap, and as Alan Lomax wrote, “Every American pioneer had read more »

Sow Took the Measles, The

TITLE: The Sow Took the Measles AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: animal, talltale, technology, disease, children EARLIEST DATE: 1931,  Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, Harvey H. Fuson Alan Lomax in  Folk Songs of North America includes this song as part of the colonial period of the United States. According to Lomax the song read more »

Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill

TITLE: Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill AUTHOR: words: Thomas Casey/music: Charles Connolly CATEGORY: author known, public domain KEYWORDS: work, railroading, hardtimes, talltale, comic EARLIEST DATE: 1888 (play, “A Brass Monkey”; sheet music published by Frank Harding of New York, seemingly without attribution) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Refers to the construction of the American railroads in the mid-19th century. “Drill, read more »

Aiken Drum

TITLE: Aiken Drum AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: clothes, death, food, humorous, talltale, children EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2) A fun children’s song. Many versions exist updating the verses but I love the original with the haggis-bag legs.