Song Topics

Topical Index

In the list below, the “Song Type” lists the language of the song if the original is not in English, otherwise it lists the song type — e.g. Ballad, Chanty, Lyric (meaning a song with no coherent story). Most songs, unless they are used for a specific purpose (such as a chanty or a dance tune) are classified as a Ballad or a Lyric. A ballad is a story; a lyric is one which does not. Obviously the boundaries are sometimes fuzzy.

In the list of recordings, BM=Brian Miller, CL=Curtis & Loretta, ES=Elisabeth Skoglund, Inst=Instrumental (based on a MIDI file), JB=John Berquist, LM=Laura MacKenzie, RS=Ross Sutter, WoA=Walking on Air

Topic Song Song Type Text & Notes  Play MP3
 B
  Birds
A la claire fontaine French Printed songbook, p. 5 Inst MP3
Käki Se Kukkoo Finnish  HTML Page Inst MP3
  Bull, Ole
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
  Boston Tea Party
Revolutionary Tea Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
 C
  Cattle Herding
The Colorado Trail Lyric Printed songbook, p. 77 RW MP3
  Children’s Songs (or fun for younger children)
Boney Chanty Printed songbook, p. 12 RW MP3
Den Lille Ole Danish Printed songbook, p. 48 RS MP3
Es Klapert Die Muehle am Rauschenden Bach German Printed songbook, p. 47 Inst MP3
Grün Grün Grün German HTML Page RS MP3
In Good Old Colony Days Ballad Printed songbook, p. 21 RW MP3
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
Pium Paum Finnish Printed songbook, p. 71 JB MP3
Polly Put the Kettle On Dance tune HTML Page RW MP3
Uncle John Is Sick Abed Singing Game Printed songbook, p. 70 CL MP3
Weevily Wheat Dance tune HTML Page RW MP3
  Civil War
Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane Ballad Printed songbook, p. 14 RW MP3
The Cumberland’s Crew Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
The Last Fierce Charge Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
First Minnesota Song Lyric Printed songbook, p. 34 RW MP3
Marching Through Georgia Lyric Printed songbook, p. 35 RW MP3
When This Cruel War Is Over Lyric Printed songbook, p. 36 CL MP3
  Colonial Period
In Good Old Colony Days Ballad Printed songbook, p. 21 RW MP3
  Cuckoos
Käki Se Kukkoo Finnish HTML Page Inst MP3
 D
  Danish Songs
Den Lille Ole Danish Printed songbook, p. 48 RS MP3
Langt Udi Skoven Danish HTML Page Inst MP3
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
  Dred Scott Decision
Darling Nelly Gray Ballad Printed songbook, p. 30 CL MP3
  Drinking Songs
Sparkling and Bright Lyric Printed songbook, p. 18 RW MP3
 E
  Economics
The Farmer is the Man Lyric Printed songbook, p. 59 CL MP3
The Flying Cloud Ballad  HTML Page  RW MP3
The Longshoreman’s Strike Music Hall Song HTML Page Inst MP3
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
  Education
The Presidents (In Rhyme) Educational song Printed songbook, p. 65 RW MP3
  Election of 1800
Jefferson and Liberty Campaign song Printed songbook, p. 13 RW MP3
  Election of 1860
Lincoln and Liberty Campaign song Printed songbook, p. 31 CL MP3
  Election of 1880
Charles Guiteau Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
  English and Scottish Songs
Caroline of Edinboro Town Ballad HTML Page BM MP3
In Good Old Colony Days Ballad Printed songbook, p. 21 RW MP3
The House Carpenter Ballad Printed songbook, p. 20 CL MP3
Lord Randall Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
Mary Hamilton Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
The Pinery Boy Ballad Printed songbook, p. 55 RW MP3
 F
  Farming
The Farmer is the Man Lyric Printed songbook, p. 59 CL MP3
The Shanty-Boy and the Farmer’s Son Dialog HTML Page BM MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
  Financial Panics
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
  Finnish Songs
Käki Se Kukkoo Finnish HTML Page Inst MP3
Pium Paum Finnish Printed songbook, p. 71 JB MP3
Rosvo, Rosvo Singing Game (Finnish) HTML Page RW MP3
  French and Indian War
Brave Wolfe Ballad Printed songbook, p. 8 CL MP3
  French Songs
A la claire fontaine French Voyageurs Printed songbook, p. 5 Inst MP3
C’est l’aviron French Voyageurs Printed songbook, p. 6 CL MP3
 G
  Garfield, James A.
Charles Guiteau Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
  German Songs
Es Klapert Die Muehle am Rauschenden Bach German Printed songbook, p. 47 Inst MP3
Grün Grün Grün German  HTML Page RS MP3
  Ghosts (Revenants)
Vem Kan Segla Förutan Vind? Swedish Printed songbook, p. 72 RS MP3
  Grange, The
The Farmer is the Man Lyric Printed songbook, p. 59 CL MP3
  Gold Rush
The Banks of Sacramento Chanty  HTML Page  RW MP3
  Great Lakes Shipping
The Bigler’s Crew Lyric Printed songbook, p. 58 Inst MP3
Lost on the Lady Elgin Ballad Printed songbook, p. 29
The Persian’s Crew Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Red Iron Ore Ballad Printed songbook, p. 53 RW MP3
 H
  Homestead Act
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
  Humorous Songs
The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine Ballad Printed songbook, p. 56 Inst MP3
The Day That I Played Baseball Ballad Printed songbook, p. 66 BM MP3
The Festive Lumberjack Lyric HTML Page
Miss Fogarty’s Cake Ballad HTML Page LM MP3
Katie O’Donahue Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
The Swede from North Dakota Ballad Printed songbook, p. 76 ES MP3
To Morrow Lyric HTML Page Inst MP3
  Hutchinson Family
King Alcohol Lyric HTML Page RW MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
 I
  Immigration
Hälsa Dem Därhemma Swedish Printed songbook, p. 46 RS MP3
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
Skibbereen Ballad Printed songbook, p. 44 LM MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
  Irish Songs
The Croppy Boy Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
Old Granny Wales Ballad Printed songbook, p. 9 RW MP3
Katie O’Donahue Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Skibbereen Ballad Printed songbook, p. 44 LM MP3
  Iron Industry
Red Iron Ore Ballad Printed songbook, p. 53 RW MP3
 J
  Jefferson, Thomas
Jefferson and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 13 RW MP3
 L
  Labor Relations
The Longshoreman’s Strike Music Hall Song HTML Page Inst MP3
  Lake Erie, Battle of
James Bird Ballad Printed songbook, p. 15 Inst MP3
  Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 31 CL MP3
  Logging and the Lumber Industry
The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine Ballad Printed songbook, p. 56 Inst MP3
The Festive Lumberjack Lyric HTML Page
Gerry’s Rocks Ballad Printed songbook, p. 54 CL MP3
Jack Haggerty Ballad Printed songbook, p. 73 RW MP3
James Whalen Ballad HTML Page BM MP3
The Lumberman’s Alphabet Lyric HTML Page BM MP3
The Pinery Boy Ballad Printed songbook, p. 55 RW MP3
The Shanty-Boy and the Farmer’s Son Dialog HTML Page BM MP3
  Lost Love Songs
A la claire fontaine French Voyageurs Printed songbook, p. 5 Inst MP3
Caroline of Edinboro Town Ballad HTML Page BM MP3
Darling Nelly Gray Ballad Printed songbook, p. 30 CL MP3
Gerry’s Rocks Ballad Printed songbook, p. 54 CL MP3
Jack Haggerty Ballad Printed songbook, p. 73 RW MP3
On the Banks of the Wabash Lyric Printed songbook, p. 74 Inst MP3
The Maid of Prairie du Chien Ballad Printed songbook, p. 19 CL MP3
The Pinery Boy Ballad Printed songbook, p. 55 RW MP3
The Red River Valley Lyric  HTML Page  RW MP3
  Louisiana Purchase
Jefferson and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 13 RW MP3
  Lullabies
Den Lille Ole Danish Printed songbook, p. 48 RS MP3
Pium Paum Finnish Printed songbook, p. 71 JB MP3
 M
  March to the Sea
Marching Through Georgia Lyric Printed songbook, p. 35 RW MP3
  Métis
Falcon’s Song French   HTML Page  Inst MP3
The Red River Valley Lyric   HTML Page  RW MP3
  Mexican War
Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane Ballad Printed songbook, p. 14 RW MP3
Santy Anno Chanty HTML Page RW MP3
  Mining
Red Iron Ore Ballad Printed songbook, p. 53 RW MP3
  Minnesota, Songs Set in
Cole Younger Ballad Printed songbook, p. 68 RW MP3
The Harry Hayward Song Ballad Printed songbook, p. 69 Inst MP3
The Swede from North Dakota Ballad Printed songbook, p. 76 ES MP3
  Mississippi River Songs
The Bayou Sara Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
Dance, Boatman, Dance Minstrel Song Printed songbook, p. 27 RW MP3
The Glendy Burk Minstrel Song Printed songbook, p. 28 RW MP3
  Murder Ballads
The Harry Hayward Song Ballad Printed songbook, p. 69 Inst MP3
Mary Hamilton Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
 N
  Napoleon Bonaparte
Boney Chanty Printed songbook, p. 9 RW MP3
Boney on the Isle of Saint Helena Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
  Northwest Passage
Lord Franklin Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
  Norwegian Songs
Oleana Norwegian Printed songbook, p. 45 RS MP3
 O
  Outlaws and Criminals
Cole Younger Ballad Printed songbook, p. 68 RW MP3
The Croppy Boy Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
In Good Old Colony Days Ballad Printed songbook, p. 21 RW MP3
The Harry Hayward Song Ballad Printed songbook, p. 69 Inst MP3
Jesse James Ballad Printed songbook, p. 67 CL MP3
 P
  Pirates and Piracy
The Flying Cloud Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
  Popular Songs
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines Comic Song HTML Page Inst MP3
Dance, Boatman, Dance Minstrel Song Printed songbook, p. 27 RW MP3
Darling Nelly Gray Ballad Printed songbook, p. 30 CL MP3
Ella Rhee Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
Lost on the Lady Elgin Ballad Printed songbook, p. 29
Marching Through Georgia Lyric Printed songbook, p. 35 RW MP3
Old Black Joe Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
On the Banks of the Wabash Lyric Printed songbook, p. 74 Inst MP3
Sparkling and Bright Drinking Song Printed songbook, p. 18 RW MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
When This Cruel War Is Over Lyric Printed songbook, p. 36 CL MP3
  Presidents and Presidential Elections
Charles Guiteau Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Jefferson and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 13 RW MP3
Lincoln and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 31 CL MP3
Sing a Song of Charleston Political Song Printed songbook, p. 25 (partial)
The Presidents (In Rhyme) Educational song Printed songbook, p. 65 RW MP3
 R
  Railroads
O’Shaughanesey Ballad Printed songbook, p. 43 Inst MP3
To Morrow Lyric HTML Page Inst MP3
  Raleigh, Sir Walter
The Merry Golden Tree Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
  Red River of the North
The Red River Valley Lyric HTML Page  RW MP3
  Revolutionary War
Old Granny Wales Ballad Printed songbook, p. 9 RW MP3
Revolutionary Tea Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
 S
  Science and Technology
Lord Franklin Ballad HTML Page RW MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
  Scott, Winfield
Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane Ballad Printed songbook, p. 14 RW MP3
  Sea Chanteys
The Banks of Sacramento Chanty HTML Page  RW MP3
Boney Chanty Printed songbook, p. 9 RW MP3
Santy Anno Chanty HTML Page RW MP3
  Sedition Act
Jefferson and Liberty Campaign Song Printed songbook, p. 13 RW MP3
  Shipwrecks and Disasters
The Bayou Sara Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
The Cumberland’s Crew Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
The Flying Cloud Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
Lost on the Lady Elgin Ballad Printed songbook, p. 29
The Merry Golden Tree Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
The Persian’s Crew Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
  Siege of Quebec
Brave Wolfe Ballad Printed songbook, p. 8 CL MP3
  Singing Games
Polly Put the Kettle On Dance Tune HTML Page RW MP3
Rosvo, Rosvo Singing Game (Finnish) HTML Page RW MP3
Uncle John Is Sick Abed Singing Game Printed songbook, p. 70 CL MP3
  Slavery
Ella Rhee Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Darling Nelly Gray Ballad Printed songbook, p. 30 CL MP3
The Flying Cloud Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
Old Black Joe Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
Shallo Brown Lyric Printed songbook, p. 23 (partial)
  Sports
Heenan and Sayers Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
The Day That I Played Baseball Ballad Printed songbook, p. 66 BM MP3
  Swedish Songs
Hälsa Dem Därhemma Swedish Printed songbook, p. 46 RS MP3
Vem Kan Segla Förutan Vind? Swedish Printed songbook, p. 72 RS MP3
 T
  Temperance and Prohibition Songs
King Alcohol Lyric HTML Page
RW MP3
  The Titanic
Pull for the Shore Lyric HTML Page RW MP3
 U
  Unemployment
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
No Irish Need Apply Ballad HTML Page Inst MP3
 V
  Voyageurs
A la claire fontaine French Voyageurs Printed songbook, p. 5 Inst MP3
C’est l’aviron French Voyageurs Printed songbook, p. 6 CL MP3
 W
  War of 1812
Billie Johnson of Lundy’s Lane Ballad Printed songbook, p. 14 RW MP3
Boney Chanty Printed songbook, p. 12 RW MP3
James Bird Ballad Printed songbook, p. 15 Inst MP3
  Weather and Winter
Last Winter Was a Hard One Ballad Printed songbook, p. 49 WoA MP3
Young Charlotte Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
  Westward Migration
The Banks of Sacramento Chanty HTML Page  RW MP3
The Maid of Prairie du Chien Ballad Printed songbook, p. 19 CL MP3
Sweet Bessie from Pike Gold Rush HTML Page CL MP3
  Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
  Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines Comic Song HTML Page Inst MP3
Darling Nelly Gray Ballad Printed songbook, p. 30 CL MP3
Marching Through Georgia Lyric Printed songbook, p. 35 RW MP3
The Merry Golden Tree Ballad HTML Page  RW MP3
Pull for the Shore Lyric HTML Page RW MP3
Sweet Bessie from Pike Gold Rush HTML Page CL MP3
Uncle John Is Sick Abed Singing Game Printed songbook, p. 70 Play MP3
Uncle Sam’s Farm Lyric Printed songbook, p. 42 CL MP3
Weevily Wheat Dance tune HTML Page RW MP3
  Wisconsin, Songs Set in
Red Iron Ore Ballad Printed songbook, p. 53 RW MP3
The Maid of Prairie du Chien Ballad Printed songbook, p. 19 CL MP3
The Pinery Boy Ballad Printed songbook, p. 55 RW MP3

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