American Revolutionary War Songs to Cultivate the Sensations of Freedom

American Revolutionary War Songs to Cultivate the Sensations of Freedom

Arthur F. Schrader FW05279 / FH 5279

The first anthologies of Revolutionary War song-texts began to appear in 1842. Fast forward 131 years, and many adaptations later, to find music historian and performer Arthur Schrader revisited the original texts in their primary sources.

This recording and its notes evolved from preparation by Schrader for a 1973 conference sponsored by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. He wanted to address the inaccuracies, censorship and simplification that had affected the tunes and texts of Revolutionary War songs over the centuries.

Such is Schrader’s dedication to authenticity; the unabridged song texts are reproduced in facsimile from eighteenth century newspapers, magazines and caricatures. Furthermore, most songs are sung unaccompanied as they would have been in the eighteenth century, and sung to the tune to which their authors wanted them sung.

In this form, the songs become more than ephemeral. They provide as compelling a record of the social, economic, political, and military events of their day as John Adams’ diary, an entry from which gives this album its evocative title.

Year Released 1976
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Historical Song
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folksong revival; Satire; United States History; World history

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101 Burn All Arthur F. Schrader 2:09
102 Address to the Ladies Arthur F. Schrader 2:04
103 Liberty Song Arthur F. Schrader 2:53
104 Come Shake Your Dull Noodles Arthur F. Schrader 3:04
105 The World Turned Upside Down (The Old Woman Taught Wisdom) Arthur F. Schrader 3:47
106 The Ballad of the Tea Party Arthur F. Schrader 1:25
107 Liberty Tree / Tory Doodle Arthur F. Schrader 3:02
201 Yankee Doodle's Intrenchments Near Boston Arthur F. Schrader 1:36
202 The Irishmen's Epistle Arthur F. Schrader 0:59
203 The King's Own Regulars Arthur F. Schrader 2:41
204 New Massachusetts Liberty Song (Free America) Arthur F. Schrader 2:37
205 Lady Washington (Saw You My Hero) Arthur F. Schrader 1:38
206 The Rebels Arthur F. Schrader 3:14
207 The Halcyon Days of Old England Arthur F. Schrader 3:03
208 The Parody Parodized or the Massachusetts Song of Liberty Arthur F. Schrader 2:44
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