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Pretty Little Warbles
Old Traditional Songbook

A collection of songs from new and old,

tales long and short,

quips, quotes, and tangled yarns

 

 

"she warbles as she flies"

-The Cuckoo Bird

 

 A collection of songs and ballads from the American landscape,

caught in time by the song-catchers of our musical history,

and dearly held as our living heirlooms. 

"up on a mountain top so high"

-The Cuckoo Bird

LITTLE WARBLES

Red Rocking Chair - The Hillshines
00:00 / 00:00
American Folk Song
RED 
ROCKING
CHAIR

Southeast & Appalachian Mountains

"...I'll rock the cradle, I'll sing this song, I'll rock the cradle when you're gone..."

 

With origins in the early 1900's, this American Folk Song is found throughout the Southeast and Appalachian Mountains.

 

The Red Rocking Chair/Red Apple Juice/Sugar Baby songs may be traced back to Child No. 76, The Lass of Roch Royal - A Scottish Ballad of 1829.

ORIGIN: Scottish, circa 1900

REGION: Southeast and Appalachian Mountains

GENRE: Folk

LISTEN: The Hillshines, American Roots & Folk Duo

Jody Carroll & Sigrid Anne of The Hillshines, perform "Red Rocking Chair," and recorded among the Appalachian Mountains in Asheville, N.C. by Phil Ludwig of Seclusion Hill Studios

American Southeast

American Folk & Bluegrass Song
THERE
IS A TIME

"...the path is new, the world is free..."

 

This song was written and performed by The Dillards, and appears on the album Live!!!! Almost!!! (1964). The Dillards appeared on The Andy Griffith Show as The Darlings Bluegrass Band, and played this haunting tune.

ORIGIN: The Dillards, 1964

REGION: Missouri, North Carolina

GENRE: Folk, Bluegrass

Traditional English Folk Song
CUCKOO
BIRD

England, Scotland, Ireland, Appalachia

"oh she's a pretty bird, and she warbles as she flies..."

 

This folk-lyric song of British origin was one of the most common songs in Appalachia. The cuckoo bird is an ancient symbol for the coming of summer as well as a classical symbol of love.

ORIGIN: England, circa 1870

REGION: Southeast & Appalachia

GENRE: Folk

American Folk Song
IN THE
PINES

Southern Appalachia

"..where the sun don't ever shine, and I shivered the whole night through..."

 

"In the Pines", is a traditional American folk song which dates back to the 1870s, and is believed to be Southern Appalachian in origin. Traditionally, it is most often associated with the American folk and blues musician Lead Belly, who recorded several versions in the 1940s, as well as the American bluegrass musician, Bill Monroe.

ORIGIN: 1870

REGION: Southern Appalachia

GENRE: Folk

OUR STORY

Pretty Little Warbles
 

Warbling the country as song-catchers

collecting, writing and singing songs 

to share in the traditions of our ancestors

 

 

we all have a voice to

remember & share

American Folk Song
OLD
BLUE

THE American South

"...& he died so hard, He shook the ground in my backyard..." 

"Old Blue" (also known as "Old Dog Blue") is an old folk song, believed to have originated from the minstrel shows of the late 19th century - & from somewhere in the Mississippi Valley came this sentimental tribute to a beloved hunting dog. A 1928 version by Jim Jackson, entitled "Old Dog Blue", appears on the Anthology of American Folk Music album.

ORIGIN: 1870-1900

REGION: Mississippi Valley

GENRE: Folk

 

QUIPS

from the
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SAYINGS & GREETINGS

puttin' on

the gritz

COUNTRY

FIED

Amishya!

Lowcountry

DOWN SOUTH

SWEET

TEA

PALMETTO MOON

Ya'hear

GLORY-BEE

GLORY

-BEE-

GRACE

GROW BIG LITTLE GIRL

IN THE

SUMMER

TIME

ANTIQUED

RED rover

Blue

Ribbon 

Girl

 

LETTERS

So do-si-do and round we go
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defndo-si-do is a basic dance step in such dance styles as square dance, contra dance, polka, various historical dances, and some reels

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