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 Music and Songs of Early Pittsfield Township, Michigan (MI)

Folksongs

Folksongs were an important part of the entertainment and tradition of early Pittsfield residents. These would have been passed on from parent to child, sung in school and group settings, and would have been known and loved by all.

Unfortunately, knowledge of these folksongs is passing from the scene. Educator Marilyn Ward, of the University of Florida, recently completed a study which shows that American children are no longer learning the folksongs of their own heritage. For details on this study, please see: Children's Folk Song Study.

Her study reveals that the most important traditional songs to re-learn today -- as a reflection of our traditions and heritage -- are the following. With the help of volunteers, we plan to include the fulltext of these songs on this website.

  1. A Tisket, A Tasket (a green and yellow basket)
  2. All Night, All Day (angels watchiní over me, my Lord)
  3. All The Pretty Little Horses (Hushaby, donít you cry, go to sleep little baby,when you wake, you shall have )
  4. Amazing Grace (how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
  5. America (my country Ďtis of Thee, sweet land of liberty)
  6. America, the Beautiful (Oh beautiful for spacious skies)
  7. Away in a Manger (no crib for a bed)
  8. Battle Hymn of the Republic (glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on)
  9. Billy Boy (Oh where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy)
  10. Bingo (there was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o)
  11. Blue Tail Fly, The (Jimmy crack corn and I donít care, my masterís gone away)
  12. Caissons Go Rolling Along, The (over hill, over dale, we will hit the dusty trail, as those)
  13. Camptown Races, The (camptown ladies sing this song, doo-dah, doo-dah)
  14. Cindy (Get along home, Cindy Cindy, Iíll marry you some day)
  15. Clementine (Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine)
  16. Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean (when born by the red, white, and blue, thy banners make tyranny tremble)
  17. Crawdad Song (You get a line, and Iíll get a pole honey)
  18. Did You Ever See A Lassie? (a lassie, a lassie, did you ever see a lassie go this way and that)
  19. Dixie (I Wish I Was in the Land of Cotton)
  20. Down By the Riverside (and study war no more)
  21. Down in the Valley (valley so low, hang your head over)
  22. Eency, Weency Spider (went up the water spout)
  23. Farmer in the Dell, The (hi-ho the dairy-o, the farmer in the dell)
  24. Frog Went Courtiní, A (he did ride, with sword and pistol by his side aha, ho-ho)
  25. Go Down, Moses (way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharaoh, let my people go)
  26. Go Tell Aunt Rhody (the old gray goose is dead)
  27. Go Tell it on the Mountain (over the hill and everywhere)
  28. God Bless America (land that I love, stand beside her and guide her)
  29. God of our Fathers (whose almighty hand)
  30. Goober Peas (goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas)
  31. Goodbye, Old Paint (Iím a-leaving Cheyenne)
  32. Heís Got the Whole World In His Hands
  33. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (so early in the morning)
  34. Hickory Dickory Dock (the mouse ran up the clock)
  35. Hokey Pokey, The (you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out)
  36. Home on the Range (where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word)
  37. Hush Little Baby (donít say a word, papaís going to buy you a mockingbird)
  38. Rock-a-by Baby (in the treetops, when the wind blows the cradle will rock)
  39. Iíve Been Workiní On the Railroad (all the live long day)
  40. If Youíre Happy and You Know It (clap your hands)
  41. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho (and the walls came tumbliní down)
  42. Kum Ba Yah (my Lord, Kum Ba Yah)
  43. Liza Jane (O Eliza, liíl Liza Jane, O Eliza, liíl Liza Jane)
  44. Looby Loo (here we go looby loo, here we go looby light)
  45. Marines Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli)
  46. Mary Had a Little Lamb (itís fleece was white as snow)
  47. Michael Row the Boat Ashore (hallelujah)
  48. Muffin Man, The (oh do you know the muffin man)
  49. Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow (do you or I or anyone know how oats, peas, beans, and barley grow)
  50. Oh! Dear! What Can the Matter Be? (Johnnyís so long at the fair)
  51. Oh, Susanna! (oh donít you cry for me)
  52. Oh, Where has My Little Dog Gone? (oh where, oh where can he be)
  53. Old Chisholm Trail (well come along boys and listen to my tale, let me tell you Ďbout my troubles on the)
  54. Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swannee River, far, far away)
  55. Old MacDonald (had a farm, e-i-e-i-o)
  56. Onward Christian Soldiers (marching as to war)
  57. Over the River and Through the Woods (to grandmotherís house we go)
  58. Polly Wolly Doodle (oh I went down south for to see my Sal, singiní polly wolly doodle all the day)
  59. Pop, Goes the Weasel! (all around the cobblerís bench the monkey chased the weasel)
  60. Ring Around the Rosies (pocket full of posies)
  61. < li>Rock-A My Soul (in the bosom of Abraham)
  62. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (gently down the sea)
  63. Sheíll Be Cominí Round the Mountain (when she comes)
  64. Shenandoah (oh Shenandoah, I long to see you, away, you rolling river)
  65. Shoo Fly (donít bother me, shoo-fly donít bother me, shoo-fly donít bother me for I belong to somebody)
  66. Shortnin-Bread (mammyís little baby loves shortniní shortniní)
  67. Silent Night (holy night, all is calm, all is bright)
  68. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (a long way from home)
  69. Star-Spangled Banner, The (Oh say can you see, by the dawnís early light)
  70. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (cominí for to carry me home)
  71. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (buy me some peanuts and crackerjack, I donít care if I ever get back)
  72. Thereís A Hole in the Bucket (dear Liza, dear Liza)
  73. This Land is Your Land (this land is my land)
  74. This Little Light of Mine (Iím gonna let it shine)
  75. This Old Man (he played one, he played knick-knack on my drum)
  76. Three Blind Mice (see how they run)
  77. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (how I wonder what you are)
  78. We Gather Together (to ask the Lordís blessing)
  79. Wheels on the Bus, The (go round and round)
  80. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (again, hurrah, hurrah, weíll give him a hearty welcome then, hurrah, hurrah)
  81. When the Saints Go Marching In (oh how I want to be in that number)
  82. Yankee Doodle (went to town riding on a pony, stuck a feather in his cap)
  83. You are my Sunshine (my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray)
  84. Youíre A Grand Old Flag (youíre a high flying flag)
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