Saturday, December 19, 2009

For Decatur gig ... Misc. Civil War songs w/ lyrics and MIDI files (and Hutchinson Family)


[tune: OLD ROSIN THE BOW arr. Henry Clay Work]

"When Sherman Marched Down to the Sea" (1865)
Words by Adjutant S. H. M. Byers
of the 5th Iowa Cavalry, at Columbia, S.C.
Music (arranged?) by Henry Clay Work, 1832-1884

Our campfires shone bright on the mountains,
That frown'd on the river below;
While we stood by our guns in the morning,
And eagerly watched for the foe;
When a horseman rode out of the darkness
That hung over mountain and tree,
And shouted "Boys! up and be ready,
For Sherman will march to the sea."

Then cheer upon cheer for bold Sherman
Went up from each valley and glen,
And the bugles re-echoed the music
That rose from the lips of the men--
For we knew that the stars in our banners
More bright in their splendor would be,
And the blessings from Northland would great us
When Sherman march'd down to the sea.



Wikipedia has background, cf. "Get Off the Track" and Buchanan campaign song.

Lyrics and mp3 file by Japher's "Original" SANDY RIVER MINSTRELS on
UVa minstrel shows website

"Old Dan Tucker"
Written and Arranged by "Dan. Tucker, Jr."
[Daniel D. Emmet]
New York: Atwill's, 1843

I come to town de udder night,
I hear de noise den saw de fight,
De watchman was a runnin roun,
Cryin Old Dan Tuckeer's come to town,
So get out de way! Get out de way!
Get out de way! Old Dan Tucker,
Your too late to come to supper.

Tucker on de wood pile--can't count 'lebben,
Put in a fedder bed--him gwine to hebben,
His nose so flat, his face so full,
De top ob his head like a bag ob wool,
Get out de way! Get out de way!
Get out de way! Old Dan Tucker,
Your too late to come to supper.


Source: An abolitionist songbook of the period - The Anti-Slavery Harp; A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings. Compiled by William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1848)

AIR — Dan Tucker

Ho! the car Emancipation
Rides majestic thro' our nation,
Bearing on its train the story,
Liberty! a nation's glory.
Roll it along, thro' the nation,
Freedom's car, Emancipation!

First of all the train, and greater,
Speeds the dauntless Liberator,
Onward cheered amid hosannas,
And the waving of free banners.
Roll it along! spread your banners,
While the people shout hosannas.

Men of various predilections,
Frightened, run in all directions;
Merchants, editors, physicians,
Lawyers, priests, and politicians.
Get out of the way! every station!
Clear the track of 'mancipation!

Let the ministers and churches
Leave behind sectarian lurches;
Jump on board the car of Freedom,
Ere it be too late to need them.
Sound the alarm! Pulpits thunder!
Ere too late you see your blunder!

Politicians gazed, astounded,
When, at first, our bell resounded;
Freight trains are coming, tell these foxes,
With our votes and ballot boxes.
Jump for your lives! politicians,
From your dangerous, false positions.

* * * [and so on at quite some length]

Hutchinson Family Singers. According to
Wikipedia article (accessed Dec. 20, 2009), "The Hutchinsons were a hit with both audiences and critics, and they toured the United States. They popularized closed four-part harmony. The group's material included controversial material promoting abolitionism, workers' rights, temperance, and women's rights." Money grafs:

In the 1830s, European intinerate entertainers such as the Austrian Tyrolese Minstrels and the Strassers toured the United States and whetted American appetites for groups who sang in four-part harmony.[1] John Hutchinson saw a Tyrolese Minstrels concert in either Boston or Lynn, Massachusetts, probably in 1840. He was impressed by what he heard, and he decided to teach the rest of his family to sing in the same style.[2] . . .

John Hutchinson and three of his brothers (Asa, Jesse, and Judson) dubbed themselves the Hutchinson Family Singers and gave their first concert in Milford, New Hampshire, in 1840. They performed again in Lynn the following year.[2] The group sang mostly European songs, such as those by Henry Russell or the Tyrolese Rainers,[3] but Jesse Hutchinson soon quit to write original material and to manage the group's affairs. The remaining three members eventually adopted the name Aeolian Singers. Twelve-year-old Abby Hutchinson, a high tenor, took Jesse Hutchinson's place to complete the quartet.[2]

When a member of the group wrote a new song, each of the four singers individually decided his or her own part to create the harmony.[2] John Hutchinson later recalled,

Judson had a naturally high voice, a pure tenor. My voice was a baritone, though I sang falsetto easily, and Asa had a deep bass. Abby had an old-fashioned "counter" or contralto voice. The result was an effect like that of a male quartet. Abby's part being the first tenor, Judson's second tenor, mine first and Asa's second bass, respectively. But we practiced an interchange of parts as we sang, and the blending of the voices was so perfect that it seemed quite impossible for the audience to distinguish the several parts.[4]

Citations are to Gage Averill, "Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony" and Hutchison quote in Charles Hamm, "Yesterdays." See also: Hutchinson Family Singers in the 1840s -


Lyrics and MIDI file at Civil War Era Lyrics and Tunes [from Arkansas - home page Has a MIDI file of "I'm a Good Old Rebel" playing in the background!]. Project Gutenberg has sheet music The Good Old Songs We Used to Sing — ’61 to ’65 (1902). Click on "Notation" under picture of title page. In C for Piano and voice.

article by Bob Waltz "Remembering the Old Songs: When This Cruel War is Over" originally published in Inside Bluegrass, June 2004, has background and a link to a PDF file of sheet music in G.


Stephen C. Foster - lyrics in PDMusic.orgwebsite. Sheet music for piano and voice in D at ... click on PDF logo.

"Old Folks at Home" (1851)
Ethiopian Melody
As Sung by
Christy's Minstrels
Written and Composed
(Words and Music) by
Stephen Collins Foster, 1826-1864

Way down upon de Swanee ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere's wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere's wha de old folks stay.
All up down de whole creation,
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

CHORUS 2 times
All de world am sad and dreary,
Eb'ry where I roam,
Oh! darkeys how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home.


Lyrics in directory of Henry Clay Work in PD Music website
"Kingdom Coming" (26 Sept. 1862)
(The Year of Jubilo)
by Henry Clay Work, 1832-1884
No. 10

Say, darkeys, hab you seen de massa,
Wid de muffstash on his face,
Go long de road some time dis mornin',
Like he gwine to leag de place?
He seen a smoke, way up de ribber,
Whar de Linkum gumboats lay;
He took his hat, an' lef berry sudden,
An' I spec he's run away!

De massa run? ha, ha!
De darkey stay? ho, ho!
It mus' be now de kingdom comin',
An' de year of Jubilo!

* * *
Background and lyrics - with translation into modern standard English - in Wikipedia

Sheet music of the modern fiddle tune in D on Hope Grietzler's Happy Hollow Music website, along with mp3 file played by fiddle. Note to self: Some nice ornamentation on "Spotted Pony" worth checking out, too. Project Gutenberg has a transcription of the original sheet music for piano-forte and voice with four-part harmony on the chorus, in C (Chicago: Root & Cady, 1862).


There's a Sound Among the Forest Trees (Rallying Song and Chorus) / Miss Fanny Jane Crosby [aka Mrs. Francis Van Alstyne, 1820-1915] / William Batchelder Bradbury, 1816-1868. MIDI file at ... scroll down to 1864, click on There's a Sound Among the Forest Trees (Rallying Song and Chorus)

1. There’s a sound among the forest trees, away, boys,
Away to the battlefield, Hurrah!
Hear its thunders from the mountains, no delay, boys,
We’ll gird on the sword and shield.
Shall we falter on the threshold of our fame, boys?
The light of the morn appears, Hurrah,
Quick to duty, “Up and at them,” once again, boys,
Hurrah for our Volunteers.
They are coming from the North, they are coming from the West,
Where the mighty river flows,
From New England’s hallowed soil,
Where our Pilgrim Fathers rest,
And the Star of Freedom rolls.

FULL CHORUS [sung after each verse]
There’s a sound among the forest trees, away, boys,
Away to the battle field, Hurrah!
Quick to duty, “Up and at them,” once again, boys,
Hurrah for our Volunteers.
Pdf file of a broadsheet available on line in lyrics "Poignant Songs and Poems Took the Civil War to the Home Front" by Georgia B. Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society (scroll down and click on thumbnail). Library of Congress has the sheet music (3 pages in PDF format) in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. MIDI file


More in Civil War directory on PD Music website


Dixie for the Union (for Quartette or Chorus) [c1860] / Francis Jane Crosby, 1820-1915 / Melody by Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1815-1904; [Piano Arr. by W. L. Hobbs]; Quartet Arr. by S. Lasar


Hold On Abraham! / William Batchelder Bradbury, 1816-1868 / William Batchelder Bradbury, 1816-1868


Three Hundred Thousand More! / William Cullen Bryant, 1794-1878 / George R. Poulton, 1828-1867


City of Alton Schottisch / none / Richard S. Poppen


"Dixie for the Union" (1860) [1861]
Words by Francis J[ane]. Crosby (1820-1915)
[aka Mrs. Francis "Fanny" Jane (Crosby) Van Alstyne]
Melody by Dan[iel]. D[ecatur]. Emmett (1815-1904)
[Piano arranged by W. L. Hobbs]
Quartet [or Chorus] arranged by S. Lasar

New York: Firth, Pond & Co., 547 Broadway
[Source: 087/117@Levy]

1. Oh! ye patriots to the battle,
Hear Fort Moultrie’s cannon rattle;
Then away, then away, then away to the fight!
Go meet those Southern Traitors,
With iron will,
And should your courage falter, boy,
Remember Bunkey Hill,

[REFRAIN (sung after each VERSE]
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
The Stars and Stripes forever!
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Our Union shall not sever!

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