Songs of the Civil War

Songs of the Civil War

Various Artists FW05717 / FH 5717

The Civil War played an instrumental role in the development of an American national identity. Specifically for American folk music, the war inspired songwriting on both sides of the conflict, as amateurs and professionals wrote new, timely lyrics to old English, Scottish, and Irish ballads as well as original compositions. Some of the popular songs are still well known today, such as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This 33-song collection, featuring Pete Seeger, The New Lost City Ramblers, Hermes Nye, Cisco Houston, Sandy Ives, and others, was released on the centennial of the Civil War in 1960. It contains patriotic songs of the Union, songs about Southern rights, sentimental ballads, parodies, and marching songs. The liner notes by Paredon Records co-founder Irwin Silber feature song descriptions and lyrics plus a two-page essay about the music of the Civil War.

Year Released 1960
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1960 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Historical Song
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; String band; United States History

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101 John Brown's Body Pete Seeger 2:57
102 Johnny is My Darling Ethel Raim, Elizabeth Knight, and Joyce Gluck 1:26
103 Billy Barlow Jerry Silverman 3:30
104 Somebody's Darling Elizabeth Knight and The Harvesters 5:04
105 Old Abe Lincoln Hermes Nye 1:12
106 The Vacant Chair The New Lost City Ramblers 3:39
107 Lincoln and Liberty Pete Seeger 1:05
108 Roll Alabama Roll Jerry Silverman and The Harvesters 2:59
109 Clear the Track Pete Seeger and group 1:45
201 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Jerry Silverman and The Harvesters 2:07
202 Bonnie Blue Flag Elizabeth Knight with The Harvesters 2:00
203 Tenting Tonight Pete Seeger 5:30
204 Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel The New Lost City Ramblers 3:05
205 Battle Cry of Freedom Jerry Silverman and The Harvesters 2:30
206 The Cumberland and the Merrimac Ellen Stekert 2:59
207 Just Before the Battle, Mother Jerry Silverman and The Harvesters 4:14
208 Farewell Mother Hermes Nye 1:47
301 Weeping Sad and Lonely Elizabeth Knight with The Harvesters 5:54
302 Marching Song of the First Arkansas Pete Seeger and Bill MacAdoo 2:04
303 Overtures from Richmond Jerry Silverman 4:13
304 Pat Murphy of the Irish Brigade Ellen Stekert 1:42
305 Goober Peas The New Lost City Ramblers 3:39
306 Cumberland Crew Edward "Sandy" Ives 4:42
307 High Toned Southern Gentlemen Jerry Silverman 3:25
401 When Johnny Comes Marching Home Pete Seeger and Bill MacAdoo 1:29
402 Who Will Care for Mother Now? Jerry Silverman 4:01
403 Marching Through Georgia Pete Seeger and Bill MacAdoo 1:50
404 No More Auction Block The Harvesters 3:07
405 Kingdom Coming (Year of Jubilo) Pete Seeger 2:36
406 Booth Killed Lincoln Cisco Houston 2:59
407 Oh, I'm a Good Old Rebel Hermes Nye 1:46
408 Two Brothers Ethel Raim and Ronnie Gluck 2:45
409 Battle Hymn of the Republic Elizabeth Knight with The Harvesters 2:58
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