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American Folk Music
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 13.06.17
Yankee Doodle (Wilfried's Favourite!)

 

At the present time I don't sing these songs very often. Whilst still in the "Idle Fellows" Wilfried Drygala, who was especially interested in and had a wide knowledge of American folk music, and Brian Kelly sung them mostly, my part being limited to looking intelligent and providing an unobtrusive backing. "Banks of the Ohio" is well known in Germany and that is probably the song that I now sing the most.
My first recollections of American folk music outside school and the family concern Burl Ives who I quite enjoyed as a child. Another source was a class-mate at grammar school who was a Lonnie Donegan fan (an English skiffle and jazz musician, popular in the 1950's) and an imitator. I well remember him entertaining us with the latest hits such as "Rock Island Line", "The Wabash Cannon Ball" et al during lunch breaks and we, the keen listeners, joining heartily in the choruses.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

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flag15us.gif Arkansas Traveler  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
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flag15us.gif Beautiful Dreamer  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Big Rock Candy Mountain, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Black is the color of my true love's hair  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Blowin' in the wind  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Camptown Races  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Careless Love  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  
flag15us.gif Clementine  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Corinna  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  
flag15us.gif Cripple Creek  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Cumberland Gap  notes5uk.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devil and the farmer's wife, The  notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devilish Mary  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Donna, Donna  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif  nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif El Paso  notes5usa.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Elements, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Erie Canal   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Every night when the sun goes in   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farewell Angelina  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farmer is the man, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Four Walls  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Froggie went a-courtin  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Go to Work on Monday   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Goodnight Sweetheart   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Grandfather's Clock  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Guy is Guy, A   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Home in Pasadena  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I hold your hand in mine dear  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I'm a getting ready to go  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif If I had a hammer  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Irish Ballad, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
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flag15us.gif Joe Bowers   nlyrics.gif
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flag15us.gif Oh, Susanna  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Ol' Man River  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Old Rustic Bridge, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Pick a bale of cotton  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Prohibition Blues   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Puff the magic dragon  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Shawneetown   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif She'll be coming round the mountain  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Skip to my Lou  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sound of silence  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Summertime  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Betsy  notes5usa.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Genevieve  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Tea for Two  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif There is a house in New Orleans  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Universal Soldier, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wabash Cannon Ball, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Way down upon the Swanee River  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wayfaring stranger  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nscore.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif We shall overcome  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif When Johnny comes marching home  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Where have all the flowers gone  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Working on the New Railroad   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wreck of the Number Nine, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Yankee Doodle  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif