Tag Archives: US history

Springfield Mountain

TITLE: Springfield Mountain AUTHOR: Unknown CATEGORY: Public Domain, Traditional KEYWORDS: death, animal, lover, injury, 19th Century, US History, Massachusetts EARLIEST DATE: 1836 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Aug 7, 1761 – Death by snakebite of Timothy Myrick, often considered the inspiration for this song. There are many versions of this songs ranging from serious to comic. I first learned this read more »

Billy Broke Locks

TITLE: Billy Broke Locks AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Barry, Eckstorm, Smyth) KEYWORDS: prison escape dancing freedom HISTORICAL REFERENCES: monetary exchange in the US Colonies before the revolution. Billy Broke Locks (or the Escape of Old John Webb). Traditional dating back to 1737. Quoting Lomax: “At that time exchange in the colonies was based read more »

Captain Kidd

TITLE: Captain Kidd AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Public Domain, Traditional KEYWORDS: execution, gallows, confession, pirate EARLIEST DATE: 1701 (broadside) HISTORICAL REFERENCES:  In 1689 William Kidd was sailing as a legal pirate for Great Britain against the French in the West Indies and off the coast of the United States. In London in 1695, he received a royal commission to read more »

Titanic, The

AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (recording, Ernest V. Stoneman) Amazon MP3 KEYWORDS: sea, wreck, family, disaster, death, world history, US history, 20th century HISTORICAL REFERENCES: April 14/15, 1912 – Shortly before midnight, ship’s time, the Titanic strikes an iceberg and begins to sink. Only 711 survivors are found of 2224 people read more »