Lyrics for Selected Songs

Lyrics for a Dozen Anthology Songs

Ballad of Sara and A. P. (Kinerk & Watt)

The Old Songs Home


6 Responses to “Lyrics for Selected Songs”

  1. Trish Hogan Says:

    That first song printed in the “Lyrics…” looks like a Villanelle! Doesn’t it? May not be pure and true to form yet could pass as one.

    What do you think?

  2. Trish Hogan Says:

    Fun to read the lyrics. Thanks. Trish

  3. Don Bashline Says:

    I looked up “villanelle” in Wikipedia – the word comes from the Italian for “farm” or “farmhand” – originally a villanelle would just have been a country song, and they don’t get much more country than Charlie Poole.

    But now that I know what the form of a villanelle is, I see what you mean – not a perfect fit, but pretty close – this is a heck of a place for one to turn up, eh?

  4. Trish Hogan Says:

    Dylan Thomas’s poem, ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” is a villanelle. Seamus Heaney wrote only one villanelle…title to come later.

  5. danwatt Says:

    Re: “Buddy Won’t You Roll Down the Line,” I found the following information and words to a long variant of Uncle Dave Macon’s Song, as well as another song, tune unknown. The event was called the Coal Creek Rebellion.

    From: A New South Rebellion: The Battle Against Convict Labor in the Tennessee Coalfields, 1871-1896
    By Karin A. Shapiro
    Published by UNC Press, 1998
    ISBN 080784733X, 9780807847336
    333 pages
    In 1891, thousands of Tennessee miners rose up against the use of convict labor by the state’s coal companies, eventually engulfing five mountain communities in a rebellion against government authority. Propelled by the insurgent sensibilities of Populism and Gilded Age unionism, the miners initially sought to abolish the convict lease system through legal challenges and legislative lobbying. When nonviolent tactics failed to achieve reform, the predominantly white miners repeatedly seized control of the stockades and expelled the mostly black convicts from the mining districts. Insurrection hastened the demise of convict leasing in Tennessee, though at the cost of greatly weakening organized labor in the state’s coal regions.Exhaustively researched and vividly written,A New South Rebellionbrings to life the hopes that rural southerners invested in industrialization and the political tensions that could result when their aspirations were not met. Karin Shapiro skillfully analyzes the place of convict labor in southern economic development, the contested meanings of citizenship in late-nineteenth-century America, the weaknesses of Populist-era reform politics, and the fluidity of race relations during the early years of Jim Crow.

  6. Trish Hogan Says:

    Thank you Dan. The review you posted is very interesting and ties into other reading I’m doing on Southern race issues etc. Trish

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