Folk-Songs of the South
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Folk-Songs of the South

Collected Under the Auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society

Edited by John Harrington Cox; Introduction by Alan Jabbour
West Virginia University Press
Folk-Songs of the South: Collected Under the Auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society is a collection of ballads and folk-songs from West Virginia. First published in 1925, this resource includes narrative and lyric songs that were transmitted orally, as well as popular songs from print sources. Through 186 ballads and songs and 26 folk tunes, this collection archives a range of styles and genres, from English and Scottish ballads to songs about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the opening of the American West, boat and railroad transportation, children’s play-party and dance music, and songs from African American singers, including post-Civil war popular music. The original introduction by Cox contains vibrant portraits of the singers he researched, with descriptions of performance style and details about personalities and attitudes. With a new introduction by Alan Jabbour, this reprint renews the importance of this text as a piece of scholarship, revealing Cox’s understanding of the workings of tradition across time and place and his influence upon folk-song research. 

Dr. John Harrington Cox (1863-1945) was a pioneer in the field of American folk song scholarship. An academic educated at Brown and Harvard, he joined the Department of English at West Virginia University in 1903 as an expert in Old and Middle English and Medieval literature. In 1913, his interests in philology led him to begin collecting folk songs and within two years he presided over the founding of the West Virginia Folklore Society, serving as its first president, archivist, and editor. By 1925 he had published Folk-Songs of the South, the first major collection of American folk songs by an American editor, and he continued to collect folk songs for archiving, publishing Traditional Ballads Mainly From West Virginia and Folk-Songs Mainly From West Virginia in 1939. He died in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Dr. Alan Jabbour is a folklorist and folk music specialist who has undertaken extensive field and library research into the folk cultural traditions of West Virginia and the Appalachians. While at Duke University (M.A. 1966, Ph.D. 1968), he launched a project to document the older traditional fiddling of the Upland South. His work with Monroe County fiddler Henry Reed and other West Virginia fiddlers has helped make the older repertory of West Virginia fiddle tunes loom large in the contemporary instrumental folk music revival, and the Library of Congress has published a website featuring his entire Henry Reed Collection. His work with the Hammons Family in Pocahontas County has resulted in several important publications about this family’s extraordinary contributions to the reservoir of West Virginia folksong, folk music, and folklore.

Introduction to New Edition, Alan Jabbour
Introduction, John Harrington Cox
Ballads and Songs
1. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight (Child, No. 4)       
2. Earl Brand (Child, No. 7)   
3. The Twa Sisters (Child, No. 10)   
4. Lord Randal (Child, No. 12)          
5. The Cruel Mother (Child, No. 20)
6. The Three Ravens (Child, No. 26)
7. The Twa Brothers (Child, No. 49)            
8. Young Beichan (Child, No, 53)      
9. Young Hunting (Child, No. 68)     
10. Lord Thomas and Fair Annet (Child, No. 73)     
11. Fair Margaret and Sweet William (Child, No. 74)           
12. Lord Lovel (Child, No. 75)          
13. The Lass of Roch Royal (Child, No. 76)
14. The Wife of Usher’s Well (Child, No. 79)          
15. Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Child, No. 81)        
16. Bonny Barbara Allen (Child, No. 84)
17. Lady Alice (Child, No. 85)          
18. The Maid Freed from the Gallows (Child, No. 95)
19. Sir Hugh, or, The Jew’s Daughter (Child, No. 155)
20. The Bonnie House O’ Airlie (Child, No. 199)
21. The Gypsy Laddie (Child, No. 200)
22. Bessie Bell and Mary Gray (Child, No. 201)
23. Geordie (Child, No. 209)
24. The Braes O’ Yarrow (Child, No. 214)
25. James Harris (The Daemon Lover) (Child, No. 243)
26. Henry Martin (Child, No. 250)
27. The Suffolk Miracle (Child, No. 272)
28. Our Good Man (Child, No. 274)
29. The Wife Wrapped in Wether’s Skin (Child, No. 277)
30. The Farmer’s Curst Wife (Child, No. 278)
31. The Crafty Farmer (Child, No. 283)
32. The Sweet Trinity (The Golden Vanity) (Child, No. 286)
33. The Mermaid (Child, No, 289)
34. Robin Hood         
35. John Hardy          
36. The Ashland Tragedy
37. McAfee’s Confession
38. The Jealous Lover (Pearl Bryan; Florella)
39. A Tolliver-Martin Feud Song
40. A West Virginia Feud Song
41. The Vance Song
42. Logan County Court House
43. Black Phyllis
44. Jesse James
45. Ye Sons of Columbia (Fuller and Warren)
46. Maggie was a Lady (Frankie)
47. The Wreck on the C. & O.
48. Mack McDonald
49. The Dying Californian
50. Joe Bowers
51. The Jam at Gerry’s Rock
52. An Arkansaw Traveller
53. The Dying Cowboy
54. The Lone Prairie  
55. The Ocean Burial 
56. The Dying Hobo  
57. A Comical Ditty
58. The Tucky Ho Crew       
59. Immortal Washington      
60. The Constitution and the Guerriere (Hull’s Victory)
61. The Battle of Bridgewater           
62. James Bird           
63. War Song (Texas Rangers)
64. The Dying Ranger
65. The Battle of Mill Springs
66. The Victory Won at Richmond
67. The Yankee Retreat
68. Bull Run
69. War Song
70. Jeff Davis (The Southern Wagon)
71. Old Glory
72. Brother Green      
73. The Soldier’s Poor Little Boy
74. Just Before the Battle, Mother
75. Mother, Is the Battle Over?
76. The Rebel Soldier
77. I’m a Good Old Rebel
78. Corporal Schnapps
79. Old Joe Camp
80. Fair Charlotte
81. Springfield Mountain
82. The Drummer Boy of Waterloo
83. The Sheffield Apprentice
84. The Boston Burglar
85. My Parents Reared Me Tenderly
86. Jackison and Dickison
87. The Anford Wright
88. The Bramble Briar
89. Come, Pretty Polly (Polly’s Love)
90. The Wexford Girl (The Cruel Miller)
91. Rose Connoley
92. A Pretty Fair Maiden (The Single Sailor)
93. The Broken Ring
94. The Banks of Claudie
95. George Reilly
96. William Hall
97. Johnny Germany
98. Jackie Fraisure
99. The Silk-Merchant’s Daughter
100. The Orphan Gypsy Girl
101. William Reilly
102. Mollie Vaughn
103. Charming Beauty Bright
104. The Rich Merchant
105. Vilikins and his Dinah
106. Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low
107. A Poor Stranger far from Home 
108. The Drowsy Sleeper
109. The Silver Dagger
110. Sweet William (The Sailor Boy)
111. Early in the Spring         
112. Caroline of Edinburgh Town
113. The Sailor and his Bride
114. Pretty Sally (Sally and her True Love, Billy)
115. A Gay Spanish Maid
116. The Pretty Mohea
117. The Sailor’s Wooing
118. Lady Leroy
119. The Banks of Sweet Dundee
120. William Taylor
121. Dog and Gun
122. Pretty Polly
123. The Jack of Tar  
124. Young Johnny
125. The Milkmaid
126. My Pretty Maid (Seventeen Come Sunday)
127. Kitty Wells
128. The Yellow Rose of Texas
129. The Drunkard’s Dream  
130. Forward Boys, Hurrah!
131. Temperance Song
132. When I was One-and-Twenty
133. Jonah
134. The Little Family
135. The Twelve Joys           
136. Wicked Polly
137. The True Lover’s Farewell
138. The Green Willow Tree (The Sprig of Thyme)
139. The Green Laurels (The Orange and Blue)
140. Young Ladies (Little Sparrow)
141. Youth and Folly
142. Maggie Goddon
143. A Forsaken Lover
144. Love has brought Me to Despair           
145. The Butcher Boy
146. Farewell, Sweet Mary
147. Mary O’ the Dee
148. Mary of the Wild Moor
149. The Gypsy’s Warning
150. Fair Fanny Moore
151. Erin’s Green Shore
152. Poor Little Joe
153. The Orphan Girl
154. The Blind Man’s Regret
155. The Dishonest Miller
156. Father Grumble
157. An Old Woman’s Story
158. The Spanish Lady
159. Soldier, Soldier, Won’t You Marry Me?
160. The Bachelor’s Lament
161. Little Johnny Green
162. The Frog and the Mouse
163. The Fox
164. The Ranger
165. The Three Farmers
166. The Three Rogues
167. The Skin-and-Bone Lady
168. Billy Boy           
169. The Old Man Who came over the Moor            ###
170. Old Grimes
171. The Cobbler’s Boy
172. The Young Man Who travelled up and down
173. The Young Man Who would n’t hoe Corn
174. Old Joe Clog
175. Old Sam Fanny
176. Ground Hog Song
177. Davy Crockett
178. Creation Song
179. The Arkansaw Traveller
180. The Nigger Tune
181. Old Noah
182. A Glorious Wedding
183. Hard Times
184. Putting on the Style
185. Get up and bar the Door (Child, No 275)
Folk Tunes
Six Kings’ Daughters
The Miller’s Two Daughters
The Greenwood Siding
The Three Crows
Lady Margaret           
Sweet William and Lady Margaret
Barbara Allen
The Gypsy Davy
The House Carpenter
McAfee’s Confession
Ye Sons of Columbia
The Wreck on the C. & O.
Joe Bowers
Young Charlotte
Young Beeham
William Hall
Mollie Vaunders
Charming Beauty Bright
The Squire
Young Ladies
The Butcher Boy
The Dishonest Miller
Frog went a-courtin’
The Fox
Three Farmers
Billy Boy

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