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Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 6: Ring Game Songs and Others

Various Artists
Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 6: Ring Game Songs and Others

American folklorist Harold Courlander compiled this series (Negro Folk Music of Alabama) from recordings he made in rural Alabama in 1950. The album is an attempt to counter the stereotypes of black music that were popular in America during the middle of the 20th century. This sixth volume begins with ring and line games which were recorded at various rural Alabama schools. Ring games are played with children standing in a circle, often holding hands; the leader stands outside the circle performing some action. To get the idea, imagine “Duck, Duck, Goose.” (The identical ring game recordings are found on FW07004.) They are followed by miscellaneous children's songs, work songs, blues, hymns, and relatively modern gospel songs.

Liner notes written by Harold Courlander include directions on how to play various ring games.

Track Listing

101
Mary Mack Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 2:00
102
Bob a Needle Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 0:54
103
Watch That lady Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 1:20
104
Old Lady Sally Wants to Jump Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 0:51
105
Loop de Loop Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 1:47
106
Green Green Rocky Road Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) 1:29
107
Rosie Darling Rosie Brown's Chapel School 1:37
108
I Must See Brown's Chapel School 1:37
109
Bluebird Bluebird Pilgrim Church School (Ala.) 1:13
110
May Go 'Round the Needle East York School (Ala.) 2:35
111
Stooping on the Window East York School (Ala.) 1:10
112
Charlie Over the Ocean East York School (Ala.) 0:55
201
Session with Celina Lewis, (a)Catch That Squirrel, (b)Sangar ee, (c) Whoa Mule, Can't Get the Saddle On,... Celina Lewis 5:14
202
Water on the Wheel Annie Grace Horn Dodson 0:48
203
Go Pray Ye Annie Grace Horn Dodson 2:37
204
Captain Holler Hurry Willie Turner 1:27
205
John Henry Willie Turner 2:16
206
Going to Have a Talk with the Chief of Police Peelee Hatchee (Emanuel Jones) 1:48
207
Meet Me in the Bottoms Davie Lee 1:36
208
When the Role is Called in Heaven Joe Brown, Harrison Ross, and Willie John Strong 2:40
209
I Moaned and I Moaned Joe Brown, Harrison Ross, and Willie John Strong 1:21
210
I'm Standing in a Safety Zone Rosie N. Winston 2:53

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