By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately nearly each element of the lifetime of the folk. This wealthy and exciting number of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken principally from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued via the Federal Writers' undertaking within the Thirties, is meant at first for the final reader, for the folk whose historical past it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska folks customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously exciting kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and atmosphere that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King positive factors Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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Extra resources for A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore
Mr. . Our entire community was without a single piece of printed musicexcepting maybe somebody had a copy of Gospel Hymns No. . Each time a tune or vocal number passed from one person to another some Page xv changes would be made, and many words were dropped or mispronounced as it traveled about from mouth to ear. Mr. O'Kieffe's comment on what the settlers in his neighborhood used to sing is also useful, for it shows why certain kinds of songs gained currency in pioneer Nebraska. ] One of the main purposes in publishing Folk-Song of Nebraska and the Central West, according to Dr.
On the Great Plains' vast sea of grass, this song in its adapted form was a favorite with both cowboys and homesteaders. " These words came soft but mournfully From the pale lips of a youth who lay On the cold damp ground at the close of day. Page 14 He had wasted and pained until over his brow Death's shades were but gathering now. He thought of home and loved ones nigh, As the cowboys gathered 'round for to see him die. bury me not on the lone prairie, Where the wild coyotes will howl o'er me, Where the rattlesnakes hiss and the wind blows free.
Although it concerns a cowboy, the song expresses equally well the feelings of the homesteader who left his sweetheart back east. I struck the trail in '79, The herd strung out behind me; As I jogged along my mind ran back For the gal I left behind me. Page 11 Chorus: That sweet little gal, That pretty little gal, The gal I left behind me. If ever I get off the trail And the Indians they don't find me, I'll make my way straight back again To the gal I left behind me. (Chorus) The wind did blow, the rain did flow, The hail did fall and blind me; I thought of that gal, that sweet little gal, That gal I'd left behind me.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch