Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • The More You Scratch

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "The More You Scratch" (vocals with piano, trombone, and guitar) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, at Key West, Florida, on January 20, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-20
  • Lord, I Walked

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Middle Georgia Four (Musical Group) - Jones, Lewis Wade - Walker, J. W. - Purnell, H. P. - Bell, Charlie O. - Smith, C. E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "Boil Them Cabbage Down" (vocals with accordion) 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
  • Sit Down

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis - Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Peach County, Ga.). Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 15 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song from Nassau, the Bahama Islands, sung at jumping dances and fire dances. According to Zora Neale Hurston, "They're great songmakers, and their tunes are decidedly more African than the ones made by the Negroes in America. They make songs so rapidly, they say, ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • First Time I Come Into This Countree

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 36 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Performance Note: "First Time I Come Into This Countree" (vocals) performed by an unidentified quartet at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Performers referred to elsewhere as unidentified quartet Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Unidentified Vocal Quartet - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Quartet
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • We Are Americans, Praise the Lord

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Houston, Bertha
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Joe Louis

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Southern Rag

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade - Sanders, Alvin - Sneed, James - Duffy, J. F.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Tap Dance

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Shrimphouse workers A tap dance ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performers - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Group of Workers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-06-27
  • The Crow

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song from the Bahama Islands, said by Dr. [Melville] Herskovits to have originated in West Africa, where the crow is sacred. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "The Crow" (vocals with accordion, drums, and trombone) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle ...

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • This old world's in a tangle

    • Contributor: Frazier, Calvin - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • Blow Boys, Blow

    sound recording | 1 cylinder | Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection. (Source). This song was published on the Library of Congress long playing record, "Folk-Songs of America: The Robert Winslow Gordon Collection," in 1978, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture. (Source Note). May 11, 1926 (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Gordon, Robert Winslow - Spencer, J. A. S.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1978
  • Oh Mr. Brown

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 5 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Nassau song from the Bahamas, sung when jumping the fire dance. "The fire dance is some sort of African survival in the West Indies, and they beat the drums and sing these little songs." Zora Neale Hurston, here interviewed by Dr. Carita Doggett Corse ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - Corse, Carita Doggett - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Hurston, Zora Hurston - Halpert, Hurston
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kerosene Charlie Sleeps on the Pallet

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Recitations. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A humorous story told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. Performance Note: "Kerosene Charlie Sleeps on the Pallet" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound ...

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

    • Contributor: Frazier, Calvin - Pittman, Sampson - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • Hurricane

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 58 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ballad sung by African Americans in South Florida. It commemorates the Miami Hurricane of 1926. Performance Note: "Hurricane" (vocals with banjo and guitar) performed by James Brown, Jr., Walter Van Bass, banjo, and Ned Hugh Bass at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, ...

    • Contributor: Brown, James, Jr. - Bass, Walter Van - Bass, Ned Hugh - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Brown, James - Brown, James Jr. - Banjo - Guitar
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Phylis Stole the Ham

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 24 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Sung to the tune of "Old Grey came a-tearing out the wilderness. Performance Note: "Phylis Stole the Ham" (vocals with accordion) 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
  • I'm On the Battlefield

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

    • Contributor: Frazier, Calvin - Pittman, Sampson - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • I been down in the circle before

    • Contributor: Frazier, Calvin - Pittman, Sampson - Lomax, Alan
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-11-01
  • Description of lining track

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 43 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A description of track lining by Zora Neale Hurston, in response to Herbert Halpert's inquiries. 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: ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Sponger Money

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 45 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Bahamian folksong, also very popular in Key West, where sponge fishing had long been an occupation of Bahamian settlers. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Sponger Money" (vocals with piano) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, at Key West, Florida, ...

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