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Sample sound clips
Below are a few sample sound files generated by the notation programs used to create the scores for the book. The files are in .mp3 format. Along with some of them are notes giving a bit of underlying information about them, which we think some will find interesting. Click on the titles to play the music.
A resource we have added recently allows you to hear sound files for all of the 361 songs in the book.
9. As I Walked out One Morning Alone- Lottie Hendrickson, Marion, rec. 1934
As I walked out one morning alone, I heard an old bachelor making his moan.
133. I Seen a Crane Fly Over the House- E.S. Dillon, Benton, rec. 1947
"I learned this from my mother, Elizabeth Bell Dillon, around the year 1880."
I seen a crane fly over the house, the fool, the fool.
135. I Went Down to New Orleans- Lem Harris, Fairfield, rec. 1952
"As Mr. Harris sang, he sat in a chair and stomped his foot on the beat and clapped his hands on the off-beat.
He was past eighty years of age."
I went down to New Orleans, I'd never been there before.
Walk daddle diddle in the middle of the day, and I'll walk daddle do tomorrow.
142. If You Want to Go a-Courtin'- William Jones, Carbondale, rec. 1935
If you want to go a-courtin', boys, I'll tell you where to go,
152. Jacob the Pilgrim- William Fearington, Montrose, rec. 1976
"There was an old fellow who came there, and he was a big stocky built fellow, and his eyes were white. I suppose he was blind.
In all, he looked a little bit scary, me being just a kid. But he'd stand up and sing, and he'd pound his fist on the back of the
bench in front of him for emphasis. And this is the song he would sing."
When Jacob the pilgrim was a-wearied by day,
169. Kind Old Husband- Thelma Boyd, Creal Springs, rec. 1953
"I remember that day well when the Zoellers came and recorded Mom and Grandpa. I just sat on the floor and took
it all in."
What'll you have for dinner, my kind old husband?
195. Lord Henry- Rev. Branon, Tamaroa, rec. c. 1950
"Now this is one Grandmother used to sing."
"Come in, come in, loved Henry," she said,
242. Old Pike- Annamae Todd, Pinckneyville, rec. 1951
"This nonsense song was sung by my grandfather, Alexander Craig of Pinckneyville."
I once knew a man by the name of Pike, belonged to the fam'ly of Riggins.
Haul off your coat, roll up your sleeves, the plains am a hard road to travel.
245. Oma Wise- C.E. Wolf, DeSoto, rec. 1953
Come all you good people, I'd have you draw near.
259. Poor Married Man- M.J. Penninger, Stonefort, rec. c. 1950
You may talk of the joys of a sweet honeymoon,
264. Pretty Polly- Daisy Stutsman, St. Francisville, rec. 1954
There was a young lady in London did dwell.
278. Sally Taylor- Helen Allen, Dahlgren, rec. 1953
"Well, I learned it from my father, and he learned it from his mother, and she learned it from her father."
The first time I married, I married a girl named Sally Taylor.
All around the room, once loving Sally Taylor.
287. Shoe Cobbler- Nine Barnett, Wayne City, rec. 1952
"The lady who sings these songs it at least 87 years old. She learned this one from one of her boyfriends when she was a girl."
I am a rich old cobbler, which makes me a freeman.
Ling a ling a ling, ling a ling a li du
333. Willie Dear- Harvey Taylor, Effingham, rec. 1975
"That's one my folks used to sing. They had a great big book they'd made of all those old songs."
"Who at my bedroom window's calling,
31. Calico's Corn- Gib Ingram, Oakland, rec. 1976
38. Chicken Found a Pepper- Floyd Pullen, Fults, rec. 1977
118. John Dye- Henry Hall, Cave-in-Rock, rec. 1956
269. Walk Old Shoe, Heel Come a-Draggin'- Pauline McGinnis, Vienna, rec. 1977
277. Who'll Cut the Britches?- Henry Soper, Mt. Vernon, rec. 1953
314. Jump Waltz- Ben Woods, Ingraham, rec. 1976
318. Old Country Waltz- Harry Elie, Dundas, rec. 1979
357. Raven Schottische- Stelle Elam, Brownstown, rec. 1975