Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by 4th-MSM, Oct 2, 2012.
We all know Robert Johnson wasn't a natural guitar player........................................
Who in heck is Robert Johnson?
Sold his soul to the Devil. Mississippi.
The next song on the list that I found is a Southern tune called "The Bright Sunny South".
Alison Krauss and The Union Station is known to play a variation of it:
Lyrics for the Battle of Pea Ridge:
(There are a couple of mistakes in the lyrics, for example it should be "Pap Price" and not "Cap Price")
Sir, I was not addressing my comment to you, and I do not appreciate being addressed as "Son." You are not my father, you are not my friend, and I am quite sufficiently advanced in years to render that form of address to be understood in no other way than an effort on your part to establish your superiority in a most disrespectful manner. Moreover, particularly in light of your announcement of your degree in music, I do not appreciate your condescension in referring to my style of music as "pickin' and grinnin'," nor your sneering grant to me of "permission" in telling me that if "You want to pick and grin, go for it." I agreed with you that "practice is the road to follow" and conveyed that to the OP, to whom my posts were primarily addressed. If you took offense at my expression of esteem for the young lady's singing, though I believe that no offense could reasonably be found, that is your privilege, but I must say that that is pretty thin sauce to base your disrespectful demeanor toward me upon.
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The Legend of the Johnson Boys
There's lots o' websites that have chords, lyrics and tabs. I'm a guitar picker and singer--mostly Contemporary Christian.
I have been finding some of them, though I'm sure I'm so far missing many others. I suppose I should be egalitarian about it and give equal time to both sides, but I simply find much more interest in the songs of the Confederacy.
Here's a Union song about the Battle of Wilson's Creek which goes by the same name. Even though this is a Northern song, Southerners shouldn't mind it's lyrics near the end too much.
Thank you 4th and Border for the links! I have to say I like the Irish song "I will fight for Uncle Sam" better then "Kellys Irish Brigade" but they are both great examples of old-timey music. I wonder if there was also songs written or inspired by the USCT? There must be some non-English songs about the CW on account of all the German regiments plus of course they were Nordic regiments and if I am not mistaken Hungarian regiments.
This next song is about a Confederate soldier who is in a Union prison. It's name is the "Ballad of a Rebel Soldier":
As a side note, even though it doesn't have anything to do with the Civil War, I came across the song "Bile'em Cabbage Down" and couldn't help posting it in reference to when they sung it on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show".
You're very welcome!
I haven't seen any about the USCT or the other regiments yet, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them!
The song about Wilsons creek is a CSA song making fun of the Dutch. I would not be surprised if the 'Dutch " had a counter song since they more then got their revenge at Pea Ridge and Parrire Grove. I still like the song because it gives great insight into the CSA mindset. Studying music is one of the best ways in the pre-recording era of getting a taste of what people felt so long ago.
Thanks for the correction on the Wilson's Creek song! I didn't think it sounded like a very encouraging song for the Union to sing, but wasn't for sure that it was a CSA song. If I can find one that mentions the Dutch in a good way, or talks about their battles, I'll be sure to post it!
I did find one about the Battle of Prairie Grove, though I'm not sure if it mentions the Dutch Units in particular (there's at least three variants on the website). I'll have the links posted in just a minute...
Here's the "Battle of Prairie Grove":
All of them are pretty similar. From what I can tell, they just have a couple of minor changes in lyrics between the three of them.
Here's an extended version and another recording of the "Battle of Prairie Grove":
Recording (there's a link on the lyrics page as well):
This is a great thread. Thanks to all for the posts. I too enjoy the music of this era.
I took piano for years, not very good. I do collect old sheet music and song books. I like to collect the lyrics of these old songs and history of them and the authors of them.
I saw the post on song Bales. I have searched and searched but have not found any more than you posted. Maybe some one knows more about it.
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