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It is true that there are several songs that seem to be campfire standards. Here are some camp fire song book gems that you may or may not be familiar with. They are excellent songs to include in your campfire singalong.
• Home on the Range: Home on the Range is often considered the anthem of the Old West. I picture a group of cowboys or pioneers sitting around a campfire singing this song. It would have had to happen after the 1870s, because that is when it was written. A doctor, Brewster M. Higley, wrote the words. It was originally a poem called “My Western Home.” It was first published in December of 1873 in Kansas under the title “Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam.” Higley later had a friend named Dan Kelley write music to go with the words. The song became popular and was sung by cowboys, pioneers and just about everybody knew the song. In 1947 it became the official state song of Kansas. When you sing this song, it brings into your mind a vision of what it must have been like in the old west; prairies of tall grass; deer, antelope, buffalo and other animals wandering; starry nights; clear blue skies during the day. Can you think of a more peaceful scene? When life gets hectic from work, family and other activities, this is a good simple song to sing to get away from it all, even if just for 30 seconds.
• O Susannah: I would consider this another traditional camp fire song. It was originally written by Stephen Foster. He wrote both the lyrics and the music in 1847. It became popular very fast. Just a couple of years later, when the Forty-Niners thronged to San Francisco, they picked it up and it became a kind of official song of the California gold rush. They sang the original lyrics, but they made up other verses of their own. One of the most popular alternate verses goes as follows: I soon shall be in Frisco and there I’ll look around. And when I see the gold lumps there, I’ll pick them off the ground. I’ll scrape the mountains clean, my boys, I’ll drain the rivers dry. A pocketful of rocks bring home, So, brothers don’t you cry. This is a fun song to sing uptempo. It’s an easy song for guitar as well as banjo. I personally like the banjo on this song. Maybe it’s because it talks about the banjo in the song.
• Old Dan Tucker: This is an old minstrel song from the mid 1840s. Like most minstrel songs, it was originally supposed to be a boasting song about a rough and ready black man. It eventually was meant to portray a mythical wild frontiersman that tall tales could be told about. There are hundreds of verses about Old Dan Tucker; I have included just a couple in The Great American Camp Fire Song Book.
• Let the Sun Shine Forever: This song is not American at all, but Russian. It is very simple, with only 4 lines repeated over and over. When I have done it with children, I like to teach the Russian lyrics. The first 5 syllables of each line are exactly the same: Pust seg da bud yet, pronounced Poost seg dah bood yet. The last word of each line is as follows: 1)Son se, 2)Nye be, 3)Ma ma, 4) bood oh yah. On the fourth line replace bood yet with bood oh. I hope this makes sense to you. I have heard this song done both fast and slow. I have also heard the melody used in a beautiful choral piece by Z. Randall Stroope. The piece is called Inscription of Hope. It’s about the hope that helped many survive during the holocaust. Around a campfire, I would do the upbeat, fast version.
• Shenandoah: This probably originated as a river shanty in the original 1800s. It was popular first among sailors, and then spread from there, up and down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We don’t know for sure what it’s original meaning was. Some say it was about a traveling man in love with an Indian chiefs daughter, telling the chief he intends to take her with him to the west. Others interpret it as a pioneer’s longing for his home in the Shenandoah River Valley of Virginia. Whatever it’s original intent, it has a beautiful melody. Around a camp fire, it can be an effective song, if you want a subdued, soft mood. Otherwise, you probably should sing something else.
• Sippin’ Cider Through a Straw: I could not find any background information about this song. We don’t really know who wrote it or when. I have heard that the sipping straw was invented in 1813, so it was probably written after that. My guess is that it was written in 20th century. Two things make this a fun and easy song. First, it’s fun to sing with a lisp. Second, it’s an echo song, so whoever is leading the song needs to know the words pretty good. That makes it easy for everyone else; all they have to do is echo.
I hope you have fun with these six camp fire songs. You can find them all in The Great American Camp Fire Song Book.
Roger Turner is a campfire song enthusiast. For more great tips and advice on camp fire song book gems, visit http://www.bestcampingsongs.com. He is also the editor of The Great American Campfire Songbook. You can find over 80 campfire songs, including the ones in this article in The Great American Campfire Songbook.
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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears -with Dams of the West
Event on 2017-03-07 21:00:00
Joe Lewis hails from Austin, TX – the collision center where Southern soul meets mid-western blues and vagabond punk. Unable to keep away from the infectious music scene Austin is infamous for, Joe Lewis soaked it all in and soon found himself purchasing his first guitar while working in a pawnshop. The rest is history.
Once compared to “The Godfather of Soul,” we hear Black Joe Lewis letting his punk-flag fly on the group’s third studio album, Electric Slave. Black Joe Lewis perfected his gritty shouting and raw guitar riffs, honing his signature sound on the band’s upcoming album.
Electric Slave kicks off with in-your-face opener “Skulldiggin,” which showcases Joe howling in true Joe-Lewis-fashion all the while highlighting just how ballsy Lewis can really get. Of the album title, lewis says, “Electric Slave is what people are today with their faces buried in their iPhones and the only way to hold a conversation is through text. The next step is to plug it in to your damned head.” Much like not wanting to be a slave to our cell phones, Black Joe Lewis refuses to be confined to genre-defining boundaries ot cater to only one of his many musical influences on his third LP. Lewis still has plenty of women chasing, hard-knocks and all-around good time tales to tell as we hear on tracks like “Young Girls,” “Make Dat Money,” and “Come To My Party.” And as always, Lewis somehow finds a way to make tracks full of horns and blues riffs rival the likes of rocker Iggy Pop.
Electric Slave was produced in large part by Grammy award winner Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) and recorded at Church House Studios in Austin. Three of the new tracks (“Skulldiggin,” “Dar Es Salaam,” “My Blood Ain’t Runnin’ Right”) were recorded and produced by John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Okkervil River) at Elmwood Studios in Dallas.
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Event on 2017-04-06 19:30:00
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