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Laura mentions that Pa plays THE DEVIL’S DREAM on his fiddle on p. 73 of my copy of Little House in the Big Woods:

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Little House in the Big Woods

Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFZElEH_yFQ

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The music is printed in,
laura's music book 1 (big woods & farmer boy)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM1)
Music from “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Farmer Boy”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-747-6
Book Code: LM1 (This link includes song list)

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The music is printed in:

The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-687-5
Book Code: LM7 (set) (This link includes song list)

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The music is played on Track 13 of this CD:

The Arkansas Traveler: Music from Little House on the Prairie
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/arkansas_traveler.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Excerpt of Liner Notes about THE DEVIL’S DREAM from:
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/arkansas_traveler_liner_notes.htm

This fiddle tune was first collected in the 19th century. Like many such dance tunes, it has an opening strain (A) that is repeated; a second strain (B) that is also repeated; and then a repeat of the whole process (AABB) until the dancers and/or the fiddlers are happily exhausted. Here Butch and Dave give a performance that is more for listening, one that evokes a time long past, perhaps one rooted in the Scots-Irish heritage of the many Americans that cherished and nurtured this tune.

Wilder refers to the “Devil’s Hornpipe” in Little House on the Prairie (the chapter is titled “The House on the Prairie”). No tune has ever been written down, printed, or recorded with such a name, though. Our recording assumes that she intended to refer to “The Devil’s Dream,” which is usually danced as a reel (fast and energetic) while hornpipes, although related to reels, are somewhat slower, much, in fact, like that heard in this performance.

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THE DEVIL’S DREAM can also be heard on this CD:

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Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/happy_land.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Related Posts

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

Laura mentions that Pa plays THE RED HEIFER on his fiddle on p. 73 of my copy of Little House in the Big Woods:

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Little House in the Big Woods

Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams

THE RED HEIFER is also mentioned in Chapter 15 of,

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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams

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I read on p. 26 of the Google Books posting of,


The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook

…that the music for THE RED HEIFER is unrecovered.  I take that to mean that they couldn’t find the music.  However, I found a klesmer band playing a song called THE RED HEIFER and imagine this could be something like it, since, though the YouTube clip below features a clarinet playing the melody of the song, klesmer bands do use fiddles and it would easily be a fiddle tune, too.

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I don’t know that Pa would have played this melody, I love this klesmer band version of THE RED HEIFER:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gE1DN74mwQ

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This article from “Bluegrass Today” online magazine, written about the Pa’s Fiddle CD, explains that since no music for THE RED HEIFER seems to exist, they have included a song called THE YELLOW HEIFER, for which music does exist, a song which was noted to have been played in the area Pa Ingalls came from in Wisconsin.

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Hear a clip of  THE YELLOW HEIFER, here:
http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Heifer/dp/B0089AD95Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361469617&sr=8-1&keywords=yellow+heifer%2C+pa%27s+fiddle

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Related Posts

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/


Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’m assembling this post in November 2012, but thinking back to a couple of years ago when I I was talking to my neighbor and she pointed out that the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder contained songs that “Pa” played on his fiddle.  I read these books as a little girl (and never missed an episode on TV), but totally forgot about the songs.  Our library has these books on the shelf and sure enough, the books are filled with the songs and their lyrics and the stories are lovingly illustrated by Garth Williams.

I’d began a post on this subject those couple years ago, but was daunted by the enormity of this task.  I was inspired to begin again today when a notice came through for a production of “A Little House Christmas” (based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder) at the wonderful Adventure Theatre, a local children’s theatre company, in Glen Echo, MD.

Doing a little research today, I found some wonderful resources for the music.

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No books in American literature of comparable standing and popularity feature America’s vernacular music so centrally, assign it such a major narrative role, and index it in such rich abundance.

Source: https://www.areditions.com/rr/rra/a071.html

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The Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Little House in the Big Woods

Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams
This book features the songs:
Yankee Doodle (p. 36-38)
Money Musk (p. 73)
Red Heifer, The (p. 73)
Devil’s Dream, The (p. 73)
Arkansas Traveler
My Darling Nelly Gray

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farmer boy
Farmer Boy
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:
Yankee Doodle (p. 175)
Star Spangled Banner (p. 178)

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Little House on the Prairie
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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On the Banks of Plum Creek
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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By the Shores of Silver Lake
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:
The Red Heifer (Ch. 15)

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Little Town on the Prairie
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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These Happy Golden Years
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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The First Four Years
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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Books featuring music in the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook (Favorite Songs from the LITTLE HOUSE Books)
Music and Words by Various Artists
Compiled and Edited by Eugenia Garson
Arranged for Piano by Herbert Haufrecht
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book has a number of editions with differing cover art.

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A Little House Christmas (Holiday Stories from the Little House Books), Vol. 1
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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A Little House Christmas (Holiday Stories from the Little House Books), Vol. 2
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams
This book features the songs:

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My Little House Songbook
Words and Music by Various Artists
From the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Holly Jones

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LAURA’S MUSIC: SONGS FROM LAURA INGALLS WILDER’S BOOKS
This collection of songbooks, edited by Dale Cockrell, include music and information (including where the songs appear in the books) about all 127 songs in the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books.
More info about the collection, here:  https://www.areditions.com/rr/LM/LM_Set.html

Songbooks in the collection:

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laura's music book 1 (big woods & farmer boy)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM1)
Music from “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Farmer Boy”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-747-6
Book Code: LM1 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 2 (little house on the prairie)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM2)
Music from “Little House on the Prairie”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-748-3
Book Code: LM2 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 3 (on the banks of plum creek)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM3)
Music from “On the Banks of Plum Creek”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-749-0
Book Code: LM3 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 4 (by the shores of silver lake)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM4)
Music from “By the Shores of Silver Lake”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-750-6
Book Code: LM4 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 5 (long winter)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM5)
Music from “The Long Winter”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-751-3
Book Code: LM5 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 6 (little town on the prairie)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM6)
Music from “Little Town on the Prairie”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-752-0
Book Code: LM6 (This link includes song list)

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laura's music book 7 (these happy golden years)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM7)
Music from “These Happy Golden Years”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-753-7
Book Code: LM7 (This link includes song list)

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This extraordinary collection puts all the work of the 7 volumes above into one enormous songbook:

The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-687-5
Book Code: LM7 (set) (This link includes song list)
The songs in this set are broken into categories like Children’s Songs, Fiddle Tunes, and Hymns

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You can view many pages from The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook on Google Books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=i8tQHrt_NZkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

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I love the description/introduction written for The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook :

https://www.areditions.com/rr/rra/a071.html

The eight Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), anchored in her family’s history and filled with memories of frontier life, are cornerstone classics in American children’s literature. Embedded in them are citations to 127 pieces of music–from parlor songs, stage songs, minstrel show songs, patriotic songs, Scottish and Irish songs, hymns and spirituals, to fiddle tunes, singing school songs, play party songs, folk songs, broadside ballads, catches and rounds. No books in American literature of comparable standing and popularity feature America’s vernacular music so centrally, assign it such a major narrative role, and index it in such rich abundance. This edition is a reconstruction of “the family songbook,” based on the music referenced in Wilder’s books. Although no such object ever existed, her representations of music-making have likely informed the imaginations of more Americans than many a paper-and-bindings anthology, for what millions of readers have come to know about America’s musical heritage is what they learned from the Little House books’ the titles and lyrics to songs; how songs and tunes functioned; where they were heard; what they meant; the importance of music to individuals, families, and communities. Wilder’s references and her evocative images of music-making thus form the basis of understanding about “American music” to many readers. The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook is an effort to give fresh voice and sound to the music inscribed in these great books and new appreciation about how music functioned during a place and time important in American history and mythology.

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MULTIMEDIA INFO ENRICHING THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE BOOKS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE STORIES BY LAURA INGALLS WILDER AND SONGS IN HER BOOKS 

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ARKANSAS TRAVELER: ‘LITTLE HOUSE’ MUSIC AND TALES
Link to listen to the 2006 NPR Christmas Special
This show features Christmas songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder books, hosted by Noah Adams and with readings by the amazing actress Cherry Jones.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6518738

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Integral to the lovability of these wonderful books are the pictures by Garth Williams, wiki here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Williams

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PA’S FIDDLE PROJECT
Undertaken by Musicologist Dale Cockrill to record and document music from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, this list includes printed songbooks, CDs, DVDs, and Online Videos

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Pa’s Fiddle Project website:
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/shop.htm

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Pa’s Fiddle Project Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pas-Fiddle-Project-The-Music-of-the-Little-House-Books/114940435214893

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DVD of the Pa’s Fiddle Concert

http://www.amazon.com/Pas-Fiddle-The-Music-America/dp/B0085AXS7O

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Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/pas_fiddle_cd.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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The Arkansas Traveler: Music from Little House on the Prairie
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/arkansas_traveler.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/happy_land.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Pa’s Fiddle Project Recordings Songbook, Happy Land Companion

The Happy Land Companion (Music from the Word of Laura Ingalls Wilder”
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Webpage for this book:
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/happy_land_songbook_saying.htm

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PBS Special, inspired by Pa’s Fiddle Project, called “Pa’s Fiddle:  American Music”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wizMxLyFoR0

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PBS special preview video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd9FoobG-r4

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PBS special preview on the PBS site:
http://video.pbs.org/video/2240305955/

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Pa’s Fiddle Project, “Polly Put the Kettle On”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVZ6ydiCCTM

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Pa’s Fiddle Project Appalachian Celebration Concert at Vanderbilt University
This is a video of the complete concert, over 1 hour long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTskQ1OiyOY

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Pa’s Fiddle Project website and Facebook page say 127 songs are embedded in the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Titles are listed in Alphabetical Order.

  • All the Blue Bonnets
  • Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
  • America
  • Arkansas Traveler, The
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Barbara Allen
  • Battle Cry of Freedom, The
  • Beacon-Light of Home, The
  • Ben Bolt
  • Beware!
  • Big Sunflower, The
  • Billy Boy
  • Blue Juniata, The
  • Bonny Doon
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Buy a Broom!
  • Bye, Baby Bunting
  • Campbells Are Coming, The
  • Camptown Races
  • Canaan
  • Captain Jinks
  • Children’s Songs
  • Come In and Shut the Door
  • Comin’ thro’ the Rye
  • Concert/Theater Songs
  • Daisy Deane
  • Darling Nelly Gray
  • De Boatmen’s Dance
  • De Floating Scow of Old Virginia
  • Devil’s Dream, The  (p. 73 LHITBW)
  • Dixie’s Land
  • Down in Alabam
  • Doxology
  • Evergreen Shore, The
  • Gaily Now Our Boat Is Sailing
  • Gentle Words and Loving Smiles
  • Gipsie’s Warning, The
  • Gipsy King, The
  • Girl I Left behind Me, The
  • Golden Years Are Passing By
  • Good Old Way, The
  • Great Is the Lord
  • Green Grows the Laurel
  • Gum Tree Canoe, The
  • Hail Columbia
  • Happy Land, The
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • Heavens Declare the Glory, The
  • Highland Fling
  • Highland Mary
  • Home of the Soul, The
  • Home! Sweet Home!
  • I Wish I Were Single Again
  • In Dreamland far Away
  • In the Starlight
  • Irish Washerwoman, The
  • Jerusalem, the Golden
  • Jesus Holds My Hand
  • Jingle Bells
  • Keep the Horseshoe over the Door
  • Kitty Wells
  • Lend a Helping Hand
  • Let the Toast Pass
  • Life Let Us Cherish
  • Life on the Ocean Wave, A
  • Lilly Dale
  • Little Annie Rooney
  • Love’s Old Sweet Song
  • Marching through Georgia
  • Mary of the Wild Moor
  • May Queen, Part Second: New Year’s Eve, The
  • Merry, Merry Christmas!
  • Mistress Jinks of Madison Square
  • Money Musk (p. 73 of LHITBW)
  • Motto for Every Man, A
  • Mountain of the Lord
  • My Heart Is Sair for Somebody
  • My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
  • My Sabbath Home
  • Nelly Was a Lady
  • New Year’s Come
  • Ninety and Nine, The
  • Nobody Ask’d You
  • O Whistle and I’ll Come to You
  • Oft in the Stilly Night
  • Oh! Boys, Carry Me ’Long
  • Old Dan Tucker
  • Old Folks at Home
  • Old Grimes
  • Old John Brown
  • Old Time, The
  • On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe
  • Pease Porridge Hot
  • Polly Put the Kettle On
  • Polly-Wolly-Doodle
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Pull for the Shore
  • Railroader, The
  • Red Heifer, The (p. 73 of LHITBW, ch. 15 of LW)
  • Ring around the Roses
  • Rock Me to Sleep, Mother
  • Rock of Ages
  • Roll On Silver Moon
  • Roll the Old Chariot Along
  • Shelter in the Time of Storm, A
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Singin Skewl, The
  • Skidmore Guard
  • Song of the Grass, The
  • Star of Bethlehem, The
  • Star Spangled Banner, The (p. 178 FB)
  • Susanna
  • Sweet By and By
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Tread-Mill, The
  • Twill Nebber Do to Gib It Up So!
  • Uncle John
  • Uncle Ned
  • Uncle Sam’s Farm
  • Wait for the Wagon
  • We Are All Here
  • Weevily Wheat
  • What Shall the Harvest Be?
  • When I Can Read My Title Clear
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way
  • Whip-Poor-Will’s Song, The
  • Yankee Doodle (p. 73 LHITBW, p. 175 FB)

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Addendum 1/28/2013
ELEG’S CONTRIBUTION

My contribution to this study, besides sharing the knowledge I will gain and songs I will learn and share with children everywhere I go, is to study and share the songs individually for the songs’ places in history and to provide an easy reference for folks who want to know more about the songs, read the lyrics and hear the music on videos and recordings.

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Addendum 1/29/2013
THOUGHTS ON LITTLE HOUSE

The little House books are deeply affecting, especially when read as a set all at once.

I began the project of reading all the books out of a desire to extract the songs, to learn and study them.  But I found myself greedily consuming the books for the stories, to find out what would happen next and to absorb them as a chronicle of one of the iron-willed, strong-shouldered, long-suffering, tough-as-nails families that endured the pioneer hardships and agonies of homesteading and settling the American West.  They made a success of it through grit and hard work.  These people (including the Ingalls and Wilder families) expanded our civilization, created communities and industries and they did so starting with nothing but the muscle in their arms and a few tools they brought along with them in their covered wagons.  They had vision and faith.  They survived and they created something from nothing.  I was enthralled by the descriptions of the cooking of food, home building, town founding, crop planting and harvesting, animal raising and the thought and work that went into sewing dresses, shirts, sheets and curtains.

On top of all of that is the music.  Music in threads of lyrics, instrumental song titles, Pa’s fiddle, church singing, and descriptive language about the music of the land and its creatures is woven all through the books.

This all goes to my mission in undertaking this project.  I wish I’d been able to refer to and hear the music while reading the books, at the moments the music was mentioned: because the music changes everything.  I’ve read the books and marveled at their ability to survive in harsh and harrowing circumstances, but to hear the music is to get a real hint of what gave them the will to go on.   The music is jubilation.  The music is the spirit taken wing.  The music is an expression of emotional love of life and family and what it is to survive and be alive.

In the Ingalls family, most of this music came right on out of Pa’s fiddle.  He may not have known it, but his act of playing those songs not only illuminated the dark days and festooned the happy times, but his fiddle songs planted seeds in his daughter who scattered them further into this present day so we can know and understand the fulfillment of our nations’s promise of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness…and the cultivation and preservation of our culture and history.

I look forward now to going through the books again and fitting the sounds of  the music to the scenes in which Laura describes them.

PS:  There are moments of racist expression in the books (towards Native Americans and the description of the black-face minstrel show).  These moments made my heart heavy.  But, as my dad says, “it is what it is.”  I can be disappointed, but without the expression of these thoughts, we would not have a true representation of the lives people led and the opinions people held at that time.  I must take in and digest the good with the bad and be glad that our country has (to whatever degree it is) advanced socially since then.

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A Facebook Page dedicated to the Laura Ingalls Wilder saga:
http://www.facebook.com/pioneergirl

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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LAURA’S MUSIC: SONGS FROM LAURA INGALLS WILDER’S BOOKS – the songbooks
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/lauras-music-songs-from-laura-ingalls-wilders-books-the-songbooks/

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THOUGHTS FOR LITTLE HOUSE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/thoughts-for-little-house-january-29-2013/

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WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
This song chronicles the lives of immigrants and homesteaders in the US who followed the American Dream of starting with nothing, working hard, and making a life for oneself and one’s family, in exactly the same way the Ingalls and Wilder families did as chronicled in the LITTLE HOUSE books by Laura Ingalls Wilder:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/when-i-first-came-to-this-land-a-singable-picture-book/


Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along
Words Adapted by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Liisa Chauncy Guida

Letter E is mighty special to me because it is about and elephant named Eloise!  My daughter, she’s 6, is Eloise.

Letter E is sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.”

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If you can’t remember the tune, I’m a big fan of this instrumental:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010GNIZC/ref=dm_ty_trk?ie=UTF8&qid=1270407685&sr=1-2

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For my money, there’s nothing more fun than a fife and drum playing “Yankee Doodle”

Every Morning Eloise
(Lyrics by Teddy Slater)
Every morning Eloise
has hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.
She never ever eats them fried
’cause boiled eggs are tastiest!
Eloise the elephant
think that eggs are dandy.
She eats eleven every day
and says they taste like candy.

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Related Posts

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Little House Songs: Yankee Doodle (and in many other Singable Picture Books, too)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

 The Gift of Make-Believe
The Gift of Make-Believe (Read and Sing Along Lyric Book)
Words by Various Artists
Tunes by Ginger Sands and Various Artists
Illustrations derived from published works of Various Artists

This is a fantastic set of poems, songs and illustrations put together by a wonderful performer Ginger Sands.  Many of the poems are children’s classics and have no other musical settings.  Sands’ original settings are all musical, fun to sing, and written in keys for comfortable singing.  The CD comes with vocal and instrumental tracks.  You can listen to Ginger sing the sings (her vocals are great) or you can sing the poems yourself.

In the “Read and Sing Along Lyric Book” the lyrics for the poems are printed along with terrific illustrations, some derived from vintage children’s publications like “Poems of Early Childhood, Volume 1″ of Childcraft and “The Tall Book of Make-Believe,” some more recent illustrations.

Many of the poems can be found in their own books or published in other  poetry collections.  I will list the songs on “The Gift of Make-Believe” below, and as I write posts about Singable Picture Book versions each of the poems, I will link the title below to that post.  If a link has been made, the title will be blue.  You can click on the blue title, which will link you to the post about that poem, the musical setting and Singable Picture Book.

Poems set to music in “The Gift of Make Believe,” with vocal and instrumental tracks are:

“Moon Song”
(Poem by Mildred Plew Meigs, Illustrated by Garth Williams from “The Tall Book of Make-Believe, Music by Ginger Sands)

“A Fairy Went A-Marketing” 
(Poem by Rose Fyleman, Illustrated by Meg Wahlberg from “Poems of Early Childhood”, Vol 1 of Childcraft 1949, Music by Ginger Sands)

“The Duel”
(Poem by Eugene Field, Illustrated by Roger Dubbins from “Poems of Early Childhood, Vol 1″ of Childcraft 1949, Music by Ginger Sands)

The Land of Counterpane
(Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Garth Williams from “The Tall Book of Make-Believe,” Music by Ginger Sands)

The Unicorn
(Poem and music by Shel Silverstein, Arrangement based on 1968 recording by The Irish Rovers, Illustrated by Goeff Brittingham)

The Lollipop Tree (Words and Music by Joseph Darion and George Kleinsinger, Illustrated by Milo Winter)

The Little Elf
(Poem by John Kendrick Bangs,  Illustrated by Garth Williams from “The Tall Book of Make-Believe,” Music by Ginger Sands)

The Fairies
(Poem by Rose Fyleman, Illustrated by Goeff Brittingham, Music by Ginger Sands)

“Wynken, Blynken and Nod”
(Poem by Eugene Field, Illustrated by Garth Williams from “The Tall Book of Make-Believe,” Music by Lucy Simon)

“Over the Rainbow” 
(Words and Music by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen, Illustrated by Sue Piozet)

The vocal and instrumental tracks are available at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-of-Make-Believe/dp/B0019VU8QU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1267562676&sr=8-4)

Learn more about Ginger Sands at her website: http://www.gingersands.com/home.html


Moon Song
Poem by Mildred Plew Meigs
Illustrated by Chris Conover

The poem “Moon Song” was written by Mildred Plew Meigs (1892-1944), in  1923, published in Child Life Magazine.  Her last name is sometimes listed as “Merryman.”  I was able to find learn very little about her online.  She wrote children’s poetry, mostly for Child Life magazine, and a few children’s books.  The dust jacket of Chris Conover’s illustration quotes her nephew that Meigs ‘was a very soft-spoken, warm person and was loved by all her family.’

The poem “Moon Song” is about the Moon Man and his oceanic antics in the night sky.

Chris Conover has illustrated this wonderful poem in to a Singable Picture Book.  The pictures are lovingly detailed but just a little “cute” to make it one of my favorites. The chance, however, to sing this poem, with lovely picture book, is priceless.

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Ginger Sands has written a tune for “Moon Song” and you can find it in her song collectionThe Gift of Make-Believe.”

The Gift of Make-Believe (Read and Sing Along Lyric Book)
Words by Various Artists
Tunes by Ginger Sands and Various Artists
Illustrations derived from published works of Various Artists

This is a wonderful collection of songs.  You can find the lyric book above packaged with a cassette tape.

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You can also buy MP3 tracks online:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-of-Make-Believe/dp/B0019VU8QU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1267562676&sr=8-4

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This terrific collection features tracks with Ginger Sands’ excellent vocals and separate instrumental tracks so you can sing the songs yourself.
“Moon Song” with vocals by Ginger Sands is found on Track 1.  “Moon Song” instrumental sing-along is found on Track 11.  With “Moon Song,” Ginger does a great job of capturing the haunting, dark, and mysterious strains of the poem and creates a lullaby sure to stir fantastical dreams of make-believe.

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As noted inThe Gift of Make-Believe. lyric book, you will also find a charming one page  illustration of “Moon Song” on p. 53 of “The Tall Book of Make Believe,” Illustrated by Garth Williams.  This book is hard to find and very expensive when located, but it seems to contain lots of Singable Treasures.


The Tall Book of Make-Believe
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Published by Harper and Brothers, 1950, 1978
(“Moon Song” appears on p. 53)

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MOON SONG
By Mildred Plew Meigs

Zoon, zoon, cuddle and croon–
Over the crinkling sea,
The moon man flings him a silvered net
Fashioned of moonbeams three.

And some folk say when the net lies long
And the midnight hour is ripe;
The moon man fishes for some old song
That fell from a sailor’s pipe.

And some folk say that he fishes the bars
Down where the dead ships lie,
Looking for lost little baby stars
That slid from the slippery sky.

And the waves roll out and the waves roll in
And the nodding night wind blows,
But why the moon man fishes the sea
Only the moon man knows.

Zoon, zoon, net of the moon
Rides on the wrinkling sea;
Bright is the fret and shining wet,
Fashioned of moonbeams three.

And some folk say when the great net gleams
And the waves are dusky blue,
The moon man fishes for two little dreams
He lost when the world was new.

And some folk say in the late night hours,
While the long fin-shadows slide,
The moon man fishes for cold sea flowers
Under the tumbling tide.

And the waves roll out and the waves roll in
And the gray gulls dip and doze,
But why the moon man fishes the sea
Only the moon man knows.

Zoon, zoon, cuddle and croon–
Over the crinkling sea,
The moon man flings him a silvered net
Fashioned of moonbeams three.

And some folk say that he follows the flecks
Down where the last light flows,
Fishing for two round gold-rimmed “specs”
That blew from his button-like nose.

And some folk say while the salt sea foams
And the silver net lines snare,
The moon man fishes for carven combs
That float from the mermaids’ hair.

And the waves roll out and the waves roll in
And the nodding night wind blows,
But why the moon man fishes the sea
Only the moon man knows.

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Related Posts

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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LULLABIES IN SINGLE SONG SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/illustrated-lullabies-in-single-singable-picture-books/

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LULLABIES: ILLUSTRATED LULLABIES IN COMPILATIONS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/illustrated-lullabies-in-compilations/


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