Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Let's Shake It

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Negro track-lining chant, learned at a railroad camp in [Callahan?] (North Florida) in 1935. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida. Performance Note: "Let's Shake ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • They'll Only Talk About You

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 33 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "They'll Only Talk About You" (vocals with accordion) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • I Know I Got Religion

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Jackson, Deacon Sam - Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Peach County, Ga.). Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • All Around the Maypole

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 26 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ring play known since childhood by the singer, age 33, who grew up in Savannah, Georgia. The tempo of this song slows down in the first minute, then speeds up again. Performance Note: "All Around the Maypole" (vocals with patting) performed by Ellabell Singleton ...

    • Contributor: Singleton, Ellabell - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Day's a-Breakin'

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is a jumped-up song sung by Rufus Bland and James Brown. Performance Note: "Day's a-Breakin'" (vocals) performed by James Brown, Rufus Bland at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Brown, James - Bland, Rufus - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Bland, Rufus]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Whoa Mule Whoa

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Stripling, Sidney
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Over in Zion

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Joe Louis

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Bottle Up and Go

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Ezell, Buster
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Hammering in My Soul

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Stripling, Sidney
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Gonna See My Long-Haired Babe

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 1 second) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work (spiking) song, learned from Max Ford, an old railroad employee on a construction gang near Miami ca. 1930. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • A Ghost Story (Part 2 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 9 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ghost story based on an actual incident during the Civil War. The story was told by Eartha White's mother, Clara White, who was raised in slavery on Amelia Island, Fernandina, Florida. The Clara White Mission, founded by Eartha White, was named for her ...

    • Contributor: White, Eartha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - White, Ertha
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940
  • Po' Gal

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 4 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A blues tune sung throughout the South. "The words are not rhymed; it's the typical Negro pattern, the same line repeated three times with a sort of flip line on the end; and the change is in the tune rather than in the words, for ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Children's Sermon

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A chant used by children when playing church. The singer, aged 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. Stuckey. Performance Note: "Children's Sermon" (chanted) performed by Irene Jackson at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Irene - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Imitation of Geechee Preacher

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 16 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An imitation of a Geechee preacher giving a sermon. As explained by the performer, a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind who grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina: "In the early days ...

    • Contributor: Stuckey, Harden W. - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) - Stucky, Rev. Harden W. - Stuckey, Rev. H. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • John the Revelation

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is an old spiritual song sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland, 'John the Revelation.' Performance Note: "John the Revelation" (vocals) performed by James Brown, Rufus Bland at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Brown, James - Bland, Rufus - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Bland, Rufus]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Fast Train

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Thomas, John Lee
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Crab is a Better Man Than Man

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 26 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Crab is a Better Man Than Man" (vocals with accordion) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Obey the Ration Laws

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Flowers, Kind Friends

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The complete version of this Bahamian folksong. Performance Note: "Flowers, Kind Friends" (vocals) performed by Robert Butler at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Bulter, Robert - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Butler, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Shove It Over

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A lining rhythm generally distributed throughout Florida, learned from Charlie Jones on a railroad construction camp near Lakeland, Florida, in 1933. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • I Love Thy Kingdom

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Sacred Harp Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-09-01
  • I'm Gonna Make You Happy

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade - Brown, Buster
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • You Shall Be Free

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 35 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "You Shall Be Free" (vocals with piano and trumpet) performed by Shorty (Sweet Papa) Harris at Key West, Florida, on January ...

    • Contributor: Harris, Shorty "Sweet Papa" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Harris, Shorty (Sweet Papa)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Beginning of Boogies

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 49 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A story about plantation patrollers told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Beginning of Boogies" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01