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A LUNSFORD SAMPLER The following ballads, hymns and songs are taken from Lunsford's "Memory Collection," with notations by Dr. John Forbes formerly of the Berea College Department of Music, now librarian at Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas. Recognizing that songs in the oral tradition can never be fully captured on paper, no particular attempt was made to record all of the nuances of Lunsford's style, which often varied from verse to verse. These are the basic tunes and verses, sometimes taken from more than one recording. The keys and chords are merely suggestions for those who wish to learn the songs. Lower case letters denote minor chords. Chords are not given for some of the older ballads and hymns and those which Lunsford sang without instrumental accompaniment. This sampling includes ballads in the Child Collection, British broadsides and American ballads, hymns and spirituals, a variety of folk songs, a few popular songs in the oral tradition and fiddle tunes. Most of the songs and tunes were among Lunsford's favorites, but some were chosen for their unusual qualities or because they are not in most collections. 191 MERRIE GOLDEN TREE (The Golden Vanity) Ij' 'iJ t1 EJ Irtt J IJ Jr r r ~ I I I There was a lit-tle ship that sailed up-on the sea. And the F1 name of the ship was the Mer-rie Gold-en Tree. As it '" J r) J J I J J 43 19 sailed on the lone - some low - lands low As ," } J ) J J [ U- II sailed on the lone - some sea. 2. There was another ship that sailed upon the sea. And the name that they gave it was the Merrie Turkalee. As it sailed on the lonesome lowlands low. As it sailed on the lonesome sea. 3. There was a little boy that ran amongst the men Who said. "Captain. Captain. what will you give me then. If I sink it in the lonesome lowlands low. If I sink it in the lonesome sea?" 4. "Well. there will be money. and there will be a fee. Besides. my loving daughter I will marry unto thee. If you sink it in the lonesome lowlands low. If you sink it in the lonesome sea." 5. So he smoothed his breast and off swam he. And he swam til he came to the Merrie Turkalee. As it sailed on the lonesome lowlands low. As it sailed on the lonesome sea. 6. And he had a little auger all fitted for the use And he bored nine holes in its old hull at once And he sank it on the lonesome lowlands low. And he sank it on the lonesome sea. 196 it THE OLD MAN LIVED UNDER A HILL (The Farmer's Curst Wife) 1&' t JI J J J J Jr JJ J J [ r r There was an old man 1ived un-der a hill , Fi , fy "' J J J J F' (J) I J J J J J did-dle ol-lie day. If he's not moved he I" J J J r r I J J J J J lives there still, Fi, fy, did-dle ol-lie day. 2. He geared up his horses and he went to the plow. Fi, fy, diddle ollie day. The way he got along, I don't know how. Fi, fy, diddle ollie day. 3. The Old Black Man came creepin' up the hill. Sayin' "One of your family I'm goin' to steal." 4. "I don't want your eldest son. But I want your old lady for the sins she's done." 5. He picked her up all on his back. He looked like a peddler with his pack. 6. He took her, then, on down to hell. He built up a fire to scorch her well. 7. He tried to bind her all with chains. She picked up a little devil, dashed out his brains. 8. Three little devils went scalin' round the walls. Sayin' "Take her away, Daddy, she's a-goin' to kill us all!" 193 J II 1& 16 1& l, LITILE MARGET (Sweet William and Lady Margaret) t J J J JtJ Ii J J J J J Lit-tle Mar-get was sit-ting in her high hall Jt t )1 J J J J J J J[r t door. A-comb- in' back her long yel-low hair. J r r r r r I r J Ji saw Sweet...

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ISBN
9780813148823
Related ISBN
9780813190273
MARC Record
OCLC
680416261
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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