Tag Archives: travel

John Gilbert is the Boat

TITLE: John Gilbert is the Boat AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: ship, travel, commerce EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1939 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: “The John Gilbert ran from Cincinnati to Florence, Alabama. She was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1881, and was named for Captain John Gilbert, of Evansville, Indiana, president of the Ohio and Tennessee River Packet Company.” read more »

Turkey in the Straw

TITLE: Turkey in the Straw AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: travel, animal, bird, dancetune EARLIEST DATE: 1896 (recordings, Billy Golden) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Turkey in the Straw was very popular during Andrew Jackson’s presidency, Turkey in the Straw is one of America’s oldest folk songs for which its origins are unrecorded. It’s likely that the lyrics and read more »

She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

TITLE: She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: travel EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (recording, Henry Whitter) She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, often regarded as children’s ditty. The first printed version of the song appeared in 1927 in Carl Sandburg’s The American Songbag, although the song is much older. Some theories argue read more »

Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis

TITLE: Meet Me in St. Louis AUTHOR: Words by Andrew B. Sterling and music by Kerry Mills CATEGORY: author known, public domain KEYWORDS: love, travel, separation, abandonment, world’s fair EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (sheet music) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: 1904 – St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition (World’s Fair). The song Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis was written 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nonballad, travel, river, ship, work, worksong, floatingverses, shanty EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen, Ware, Garrison) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Seeger dates this Georgia sea islands worksong from the mid-19th century.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 »

Sweet Betsy from Pike

TITLE: Sweet Betsy from Pike AUTHOR: claimed by John A Stone (Old Put) EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Put’s Golden Songster, second edition) KEYWORDS: travel hardtimes settler HISTORICAL REFERENCES: westward expansion, california gold rush John Lomax in his 1910 Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads calls “Sweet Betsy from Pike “A favorite California immigrant song of the read more »