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American Songs to Sing


American Songs to Sing


Track Listing:

Side 1:
  1. Yankee Doodle
  2. The Ballad of the Tea Party
  3. Ten Green Apples
  4. The Erie Canal
  5. Goober Peas
Side 2:
  1. I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
  2. Buffalo Galsv
  3. Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
  4. The Mocking Bird
  5. This Land is Your Land

LP Notes

Cowboys in the 1880's enjoyed singing this song. It describes a cattle drive beginning in Texas. There, the "dogies" (originally "motherless calves" but later an affectionate term for any calf) would be "cut out" (divided into groups), and marked for identification. The drive would then take them to grazing land in Wyoming, and later to Idaho to be sold. "Cholla" and "prickly pear" are kinds of cactus. Sung by Cisco Houston (This Land Is My Land FC 7027 used by permission of Folkways Records)


Scholastic uses the Folkways method of recycling the same few Cisco performances on innumerable compilation LPs. And is pretty stingy with just a couple of minutes worth of material per side. From 1976! Wow, Judy Wathen, you had a long memory. I have taken this image, and these notes, from a wonderful site dedicated to vinyl:

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