folk song

Starving to Death on a Government Claim

Lyrics (American folk song) 1. I traveled out West to the wide open plains,I traveled out West to this country of fame,I’ve never been known as the type to complain,But I’m starving to death on a government claim.My house, it is built of …

If a Fish

Lyrics (Folk song) If a fish could make a wish,She’d take the phone off the hookSo the line would be busy. See also songs about fish rounds minor / modal songs songs with quarter rests songs with eighth rests songs …

Rock Island Line

Info The Rock Island Line is named for the railroad line between Chicago and the small town of Rock Island on the Mississippi River. Lyrics (Folk song) RefrainOh the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road,Oh the Rock Island Line …

Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder

Lyrics (George L. Giefer, 1898) 1. Missus Murphy gave a party just about a week ago.Everything was plentiful, the Murphys, they’re not slow.They treated us like gentlemen, we tried to act the same,And only for what happened, well it was an awful …

Uncle Jessie

Lyrics (African American Spiritual) Now here comes Uncle Jessie,Coming through the field,With his horse and buggyAnd I know just how he feels. Walk, walk, Uncle Jessie,Walk, walk, Uncle Jessie,Walk, walk, Uncle Jessie,Step, step, step, uncle Jessie, step. See also Spirituals …

This Little Light of Mine

Version 1 Lyrics (African American Spiritual) This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. (repeat twice)Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Version 2 Lyrics This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. (repeat …

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Lyrics (African American Spiritual) RefrainIt’s me, it’s me, O Lord,Standing in the ned of prayer. (repeat) 1. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord,Standing… (repeat) Refrain 2. Not my father, not my mother… Refrain See also …

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Lyrics (African American Spiritual) Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,Far, far away from home,A long long ways from home. RefrainThen I got down on my knees and …

Jolly Farmer

Lyrics (Swedish folk song, Florence Hoare, 1911) 1. I know a jolly farmer so ruddy and trim,Whatever may be the weather ’tis splendid to him,Come sunshine or rain it is certain to please.What’s bad for the hay is just right …

Roll the Chariot

Info This is an African American Spiritual, as well as a sea shanty. Read more about it here. Lyrics (African American Spiritual) RefrainRoll the old chariot along, yes, (repeat)Roll the old chariot along, if you don’t hang on behind. If …

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