Tag Archives: technology

John Henry (Pete Seeger Version)

TITLE: John Henry (Blankenship Version) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: train, work, death, technology, railroading, worker EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1909 Journal of American Folklore HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Researchers are still trying to pin down the REAL John Henry, from Guy B. Johnson, , 1929 to Scott Nelson’s book 2006 book

John Henry (Blankenship Version)

TITLE: John Henry (Blankenship Version) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: train, work, death, technology, railroading, worker EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1909 Journal of American Folklore HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Researchers are still trying to pin down the REAL John Henry, from Guy B. Johnson, , 1929 to Scott Nelson’s book 2006 book  SOME CONSIDER THIS SONG OFFENSIVE: Many versions over read more »

London Bridge is Falling Down

TITLE: London Bridge is Falling Down AUTHOR: Unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: playparty, technology EARLIEST DATE: c. 1744 (Tom Thumb’s Pretty Song Book) The ‘London Bridge is falling down’ nursery rhyme is based on the one of the most famous landmarks in London. It’s history can be traced to the Roman occupation of England in the 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 CATEGORY: public domain KEYWORDS: river, ship, technology EARLIEST DATE: 1955 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The first steamboats made in America sailed on the Hudson River—and they still do.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 »

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 »

Cotton Mill Girls

TITLE: Cotton Mill Girls (Hard Times in the Mill) AUTHOR: Debated, Traditional but sometimes credited to Hedy West CATEGORY: Public Domain, Debated KEYWORDS: work, hardtimes, factory, technology, boss, miller EARLIEST DATE: 1956 (recording, Pete Seeger) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Hard Times in the Mill chronicles the movement of farm families as the United States became industrialized in the early read more »