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Old January 12th, 2001, 09:37 PM   #1
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Folk or Traditional, what's your flavor?
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Old June 19th, 2001, 04:26 PM   #2
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Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers...the ultimate folk song
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Old April 20th, 2002, 12:07 AM   #3
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Where would be the best place for me to learn a bit about folk music be? Do you have any web sites that you can recommend? Sunshine!
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Old September 8th, 2004, 09:52 PM   #4
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The song goes like this...
"Oh they built the ship Titanic...to sail the ocean blue...and they thought they had a ship that the water would never go through...but the Lord's almighty hand knew that ship would never stand...it was sad when that great ship went down"...

learned it in 4th grade...loved it ever since!
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Old September 9th, 2004, 03:57 PM   #5
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Folk songs...... I'm of the Peter, Paul and Mary generation so there are a lot of folk songs from that period I like. I also have a CD of Newfoundland folk songs that is great.

Most of the folk songs I learned when I was young were classical music. Dad is a musician and I grew up listening to both classical and jazz. I also studied classical guitar for about 10 years and a lot of that music was considered folk songs, but they were written by long dead classical guitar players.

I know I must have learned something in elementary school.....but can only think of Jimmy Crack Corn, Waltzing Matilda, and something about marching to Pretoria. Name some others you learned in school, maybe that will jog my lackluster memory.
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Old September 9th, 2004, 04:07 PM   #6
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Songs I remember learning in elementary school:

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Jump Down, Turn Around, Pick a Bale of Cotton
Asham was a Tootin' Turk
Soldier Boy
Shalom

and one of my favorites:

Dites-Moi

Dites-moi
Pourquoi
La vie est belle,
Dites-moi
Pourquoi
La vie est gai,
Dites-moi
Pourquoi,
Chere Mad'moiselle,
Est-ce que
Parce que
Vous m'aimez?

Dites-moi
Pourquoi,
Chere Mad'moiselle,
Est-ce que
Parce que
Vous m'aimez?
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Old September 9th, 2004, 04:33 PM   #7
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I've not heard of most of those. It would be interesting to list the songs we learned in elementary school, the years or decade we learned them and where we went to school.

I've always been interested in regional differences, more so now that the world is being homogenized for us.

One of my favorites phrases is telling your kids you are going to sell them to the gypsies. That seems to be in the Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania areas.
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Old September 9th, 2004, 05:32 PM   #8
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LOL! My grandparents used to say that to us kids...

I learned alot of folk songs in my 4th grade year--that was ummm...... 79-80 -
This land is your land...
If I had a hammer...
lemon tree...
where have all the flowers gone

not very appropriate songs for 4th graders mind you...LOL...but the music teacher liked em so we sang em!!
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Old September 10th, 2004, 09:57 AM   #9
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I went to elementary school in FL from '61 to '66. I was actually in the "glee club" in '65. The only songs we sang that year were from the Sound of Music. I hate those songs now. I was only in the club one year. Why, you ask? Because at every performance we had, my mother would sit in the first three rows in front of me and yawn. Talk about embarassing.

There was also some song about Volga Boatmen - does anyone remember that?
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Old September 11th, 2004, 12:59 AM   #10
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I think all those songs you mentioned, PBS, are perfectly appropriate for 4th graders. We learned those, too.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 11:16 AM   #11
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Slightly off topic, but did you know that you can sing Amazing Grace with the words of Gilligan's Island perfectly and, of course vice versa. Try it, it is really funny.

We also learned a lot of patriotic songs. When I was in kindergarden and first grade, before reading the bible each day became a no-no, we learned "Onward Christian Soldiers" "Jesus Loves Me" and "Amazing Grace"

After that we learned "Greensleeves" and songs like "Bingo was his Name-O," "Hokey Pokey," and "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith." Don't know if those are folk songs exactly! Oh and "On Top of Old Smokey" & "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain."
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Old September 11th, 2004, 11:38 AM   #12
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and shanendoah river ( or however you spell that darn thing!!)
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Old September 11th, 2004, 03:04 PM   #13
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We also learned a bunch of Civil War songs that were always about the victories of the Yankees.

During those years, the south still had mens, womens and coloreds only bathrooms. They were also barred from stores and restaurants. My dad got into trouble at work when he hired a black man. He stood his ground and the guy did very well with the company. He did eventually transfer to a northern state.
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How funny. I remember learning "I Wish I Was in Dixie."

Which, oddly enough, I never did.
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Old September 14th, 2004, 09:46 AM   #15
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LOL!!!!!!! never?? you NEVER wished to be in Dixie??? giggle!

I also learned the Battle Hymn of the Republic and kumbayah ( I know I didn't spell that right!!)
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