Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Confederate "Heritage" Month 2016, April 12: Music day

Uh oh, I'm a day behind in my CHM posts!

For today, or rather yesterday. Here Pete Seeger singing Tenting Tomight:

That's one of my favorite songs, actually. It's from the Folkways album Songs of the Civil War (1960).

The liner notes to the album tell this about the song:

Walter Kittredge wrote this hauntingly moving plea for peace in 1863, shortly after receiving his draft notice. Kittredge, however, never served in the army, a childhood bout with rheumatic fever being the cause of his deferment. But while Kittredge didn't go to war, his song did, where it became immensely popular with both soldier and civilian.
Another song on the album is Pete Seeger and Bill McAdoo singing the Marching Song of the First of Arkansas. The liner notes have the following about this song:

This stirring marching song of the Negro troops who comprised the First Arkansas Regiment was used as a recruiting song to enlist Negroes in the Union Army. In fact, the song was published as a broadside by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments. Capt. Lindley Miller was the white officer of the Negro regiment, and while Miller may have written some of the verses to this song, others seem to have the genuine stamp of the Negro folk idiom. The original song runs some eight verses, from which Pete Seeger and Bill McAdoo have excerpted the following three:

Here's a version by, uh, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Which gives a hint why he wasn't entirely popular with the hardline segregationist crowd, Tennessee Ernie Ford Marching Song Of the First Arkansas Negro Regiment. He has a verse not in the other one:

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