"I also want to thank you for the extra generosity in making the song melodies available. I'm not strong on standard notation, and this makes your project even more valuable."

-- Erich Schroeder,
Traditional banjo player

 

Sound files for all the songs of Dear Old Illinois

This page offers an opportunity to hear the melodies of all the songs in the book. The sound files are of the MIDI type, though they were generated by the notation program used to make the scores, rather than a digital instrument. The actual audio file type is .mp3, so about any player should play them.

The sound files are not consistent. Some sound the chords only once at the point of each chord change; others give the accompaniment as it would be played on the guitar. The latter requires manually writing the accompaniment part, which takes considerable time, so relatively few of the sound files are like this.

Also, in terms of effect, their sterile, synthesized sound is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the voices that sang these songs to preservation years ago. But we feel that as learning tools, these files are better than nothing, especially for those who are just beginning to learn to read written music notation. We hope you find them useful.

* Gray shading indicates alternate versions.
* Yellow shading indicates "as performed" versions. As in the book, these are given without accompaniment.

1. A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go
2. A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go
3. Across the Plains of Illinois
4. Ain't No Use of Me a-Workin' So Hard
5. Alan Bane
6. Answer "Yes." to Squire
7. As I Rode East, As I Rode West
8. As I Walked Out One May Morning
8. As I Walked Out One May Morning
9. As I Walked Out One Morning Alone
10. As I Went a-Walking
11. Aunt Jemima's Plaster
12. Bachelor's Hall
13. Bad Companions
14. Bald-Headed End Broom
15. Ballally Boose
16. Banks of the Sweet Dundee
17. Barbara Allen, "fancy" chords
17. Barbara Allen, simpler chords
18. Barnyard Song
19. Beaver Cap
20. Belleville Convent Fire
21. Big Indian Rubber Overcoat
22. Big Raccoon
23. Big-Eyed Rabbit
24. Billy and Johnny
25. Black Jack Davy
26. Black Jack Davy
27. Black Jack Davy
28. Bold Pilgrim
29. Bold Ranger
30. Bonny Banks of Adrio
31. Bonny Boy
32. Bonny Wee Window
33. Broken Engagement
34. Brother Green
35. Buena Vista
36. Butcher Boy
37. Buy Me a China Doll
38. Cabbage Head
39. Cambric Shirt
40. Caroline of Edinburgh Town
41. Caroline of Edinburgh Town
42. Carrie Brown
43. Carrion Crow
44. The Cat Came Back
45. Catch-a Me Simon
45. Catch-a Me Simon
46. Charming Beauty Bright
47. A Child's Dream
48. Christ In The Garden
49. Cindy
50. Coat Song
51. Constitution and Guerierre
52. Cotton-Eyed Joe
53. Dan-Du
54. Dan-Du
55. Dan-Du
56. Dan-Du
57. Darby Ram
58. Dark Was the Night
59. Davy Crockett
60. Deaf Woman's Courtship
61. Dear Old Illinois
62. Devil in the Chest
63. Devilish Mary
64. Devilish Mary
65. Donkey's Gone
66. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan?
67. Dot Baby of Mine
68. Double-Breasted Mansion
69. The Dove and I
70. Down In Vain's Lonesome Valley
71. Dreary Black Hills
72. Drunken Hiccoughs
73. Dunderbeck's Machine
74. Durie Down
75. Durie Down
76. Dutch Courtship
77. Dying Californian
78. Dying Cowboy
79. Eighteen or Nineteen Years Old
80. Fair Ellender
81. Fair Ellender
82. Fair Ellender
83. Fair Fanny Moore
84. Fair Nottingham Town
85. The Farmer's Cursed Wife
86. The Farmer's Cursed Wife
87. Father Above
88. Father, Build Me a Boat
89. Fellow That Looks Like Me
90. First History Lesson
91. Franklin County
92. Froggie Went a-Courtin'
93. Froggie Went a-Courtin'
94. Froggie Went a-Courtin'
95. Fuller and Warren
96. Fuller and Warren
97. Gamblin' Man
98. Gambling on the Sabbath Day
99. Girl with the Waterfall
100. Go and I Will Send You
101. Goin' Across the Sea
102. Goin' Down to Cairo
103. Gooseberry Pie
104. Grandaddy Fox
105. Grandma's Warning
106. Grandpa's Breeches
107. Granger's Song
108. Great Granddad
109. Green Grass Grew All Around
110. Green Willow Tree
111. Green Willow Tree
112. Greenfield Mountain
113. Ground Hog
114. Gypsy Davy
115. Gypsy Girl
116. Harco Mine Explosion
117. Hard Fortune
118. Hard Times on McFarlin's Farm
119. Hat Me Father Wore
120. He Never Came Back
121. He's Gone, Let Him Go
122. High Low Jack and the Game
123. High-Heeled Shoes
124. Horses Come, Horses Go
125. House Carpenter
125. House Carpenter
126. Housewife's Lament
127. Hungry Hash House
128. Hunters Of Kentucky
129. I Dreamed Last Night of My Own True Love
130. I Had But Fifty Cents
131. I Have Four Brothers Over the Sea
132. I Hear the Low Wind Sweeping
133. I Seen a Crane Fly Over the House
134. I Was Born 4000 Years Ago
135. I Went Down to New Orleans
136. I Will Tell You of a Fellow
137. I Wish I Was Single Again
138. I Wish To My Soul I Was Single Again
139. I Won't Get Drunk No More
140. I've Been All Around this World
141. I've Been All Around This World
142. If You Want to Go a-Courtin'
143. I'll Not Marry At All
144. Illinois Gals
145. I'm a Little Too Small
146. I'm Only Nineteen
147. In Kansas
148. In Trivo Town
149. Jack of All Trades
150. Jack Williams
151. Jackson County Jail
152. Jacob the Pilgrim
153. Jealous Lover
154. Jealous Lover
155. Jenny Jenkins
156. Joe Bowers
157. John Hardy
158. John Riley
159. John the Rabbit
160. Johnny Dial
161. Johnny Keeps a-Pickin' at the Banjo
162. Johnny Sands
163. Jolly Old Farmer
164. Jolly Old Soul
165. Jones's Gal
166. Katie Lee and Willie Gray
167. Kemo, Kimo
168. Kerry Recruit
169. Kind Old Husband
170. Kind Old Husband
171. Kolo Kolo
172. La Gui-Annee
173. Laboring Soldier
174. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
175. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
176. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
177. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
178. Lane County Bachelor
179. Lannigan's Ball
180. Lather and Shave
181. Lazy Farmer
182. Lazy Farmer
183. Lazy Farmer
184. Learning McFadden to Waltz
185. Let's Go Huntin'
186. Little Boy, Fat As I Could Roll
187. Little Dog Under the Wagon
188. Little Family
189. Little Mohee
190. Liza Jane
191. Lone Pilgrim
192. Lone Prairie
193. Lonesome Grove
194. Lord Baham
195. Lord Henry
196. Lord Henry
197. Lord Lovel
198. Louisville Burglar
199. Lula Wall
200. Madge
201. Maloney-O
202. Mary and Willie
203. Mary Hamilton
204. Melinda
205. Mickey Bralligan's Pup
206. Miller Of The Dee
207. Mollie Darling
208. Molly Bond
208. Molly Bond
209. Mother-in-Law's Visit
210. Mowing the Barley
211. Mrs. Fogherty's Christmas Cake
212. Mt. Vernon Cyclone
213. Murder of Andrew Smothers
214. My Ain Countree
215. My Father Gave Me a Fortune
216. My Golden Ball
217. My Golden Ball
218. My Love's Gone a-Wand'ring
219. My Mother-in-Law
220. My Nose Stuck Out a Feet
221. My Own Experience
222. My Parents Raised Me Tenderly
223. My Rambling Young Son
223. My Rambling Young Son
224. My Rambling Young Son
225. Never Take the Horseshoe
226. Nickety Nackety
227. Nickety Nackety
228. Nickety Nackety
229. No Sir, No Sir
230. O'er the Mountain
230. O'er the Mountain
231. Oh Dear Me
232. Oh No, John
233. Oh Willie Come Back
234. Old Arkansas
235. Old Arm Chair
236. Old Brown Coat
237. Old Brown Pants
238. Old Gray Beard
239. Old Gray Mare
240. Old Grumbler
241. Old Man and Pig
242. Old Pike
243. Old Rosin the Beau
244. Old Sow Died
244. Old Sow Died
245. Oma Wise
246. Oma Wise
247. One Day I Was Walking
247. One Day I Was Walking
248. One Morning in May
249. Only a Miner
250. Orphan Girl
251. Orphan Left Alone
252. Over the Garden Wall
253. Oxford Girl
254. Paddy Murphy's Wake
255. Paper of Pins
256. Pearl Bryan
257. Pennyrile Tea
258. Pennyrile Tea
259. Poor Married Man
260. Possum in the 'simmon Tree
261. A Pretty Fair Maid
262. A Pretty Fair Maid
263. A Pretty Fair Maid
264. Pretty Polly
265. Quaker Wooing
266. Rattler
267. Rob Crenshaw
268. Rolly Trulum
269. Roman Lady
270. Root Hog or Die
271. Rosewood Casket
272. Rosewood Casket
273. Roving Gambler
274. Row Jackie Row
275. Rye Whiskey
276. Sailor Song
277. Sailor's Courtship
278. Sally Taylor
279. Satterfield's Hounds
280. Shanghai Rooster
281. Shawneetown Flood
282. Shawneetown Flood
283. Shawneetown Flood
284. Shawneetown Flood
285. Shelling Green Peas
286. Ship that Never Returned
287. Shoe Cobbler
288. Silver Dagger
289. Soldier, Won't You Marry Me?
290. Soldier's Poor Little Boy
291. Sourwood Mountain
292. Springfield Mountain
293. Swapping Song
294. Sweet Betsy from Pike
295. Sweet Molly
296. Sweet Sixteen
297. Take Warning, Young Ladies
298. Ten Long Years I've Been Married
299. Texas Rangers
300. The Night Was Dark and Cloudy
301. There Was An Old Woman
302. Old Woman in Slab City
303. Three Black Crows
304. Three Black Crows
305. Three Grains of Corn
306. Til De I Go Day
307. Tim Finnegan's Wake
308. Tinche
309. True-Blue Bill
310. Turnip Greens
311. Turnip Patch
312. Twenty-one Names
313. Two Ballots
314. Two Little Orphans
315. Two Little Pals
316. Two Sisters
317. Two Sisters
318. Uncle Joe
319. Very Unfortunate Man
320. Villikens and Dinah
321. Wade in the Water
322. Walking Out, "fancy" chords
322. Walking Out, simpler chords
323. Walter Jumped a Fox
324. We Hunted, We Hollered
325. When I Set Out for Travelin'
326. Whistle, Mary, Whistle
327. Who Killed Cock Robin?
328. Whoa Mule, Whoa
329. Whoa Mule, Whoa
330. Wicked Girl
331. Wicked Girl
332. Wild Man's in Town Tonight
333. Willie Dear
334. With Her Dog and Gun
335. With Her Dog and Gun
336. Woodson
337. Working On The Railroad
338. The Wreck At Maud
339. Yes, and So they Say
340. You Are the Girl I Love Best
341. Young Charlotte
342. Young Roger
party-play songs
343. Away to the War
344. Fling Daddle Doodle
345. Here Sits a Young Gentleman
346. Hi Yo to My Holly
347. Hitch Old Charlie
348. Lead 'er Up and Down
349. Let Those Pigeons Out
350. Marching Down to New Orleans
351. Nancy Dill
352. Rally 'round the Canebrake
353. Two's in the Ring
354. Weevily Wheat
ditties
355. Arkansas Baby
356. Fat Raphel
357. Jersey Cow
358. No Girls Below
359. Old Sim Simon
360. There Was an Old Soldier
361. Tom Bolin