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Animal Folk Songs for Children: Selected from Ruth Crawford Seeger's Animal Folk Songs for Children

Animal Folk Songs for Children: Selected from Ruth Crawford Seeger's Animal Folk Songs for Children

It could not have been an easy task for Peggy Seeger to choose the 22 tracks for this album from the 43 featured in her mother’s 1950 publication, Animal Folk Songs for Children. Her mother was the influential musician, educator, and folklorist Ruth Crawford Seeger, who drew on field recordings archived in the Library of Congress for the book.

A joyful album for children and adults, the music on this recording tells tales of little brown dogs, old frogs, pretty squirrels, and cross-eyed gophers, while the liner notes divulge the songs’ intriguing origins and lyrics. Although many of the songs have been passed down through generations with little more than perhaps some hand-clapping and foot-tapping, Seeger provides simple guitar, banjo, and fiddle accompaniment.

Track Listing

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Little Brown Dog Peggy Seeger 2:13
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102
Oh, Blue Peggy Seeger 1:45
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103
The Big Sheep (The Darby Ram) Peggy Seeger 1:57
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104
Riding Round the Cattle Peggy Seeger 2:05
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105
The Old Cow Died Peggy Seeger 1:53
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106
Raccoon and Possum Peggy Seeger 1:17
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107
Cross-Eyed Gopher Peggy Seeger 0:37
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108
Little Lap-Dog Lullaby Peggy Seeger 1:27
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109
Jack, Can I Ride Peggy Seeger 1:52
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110
Daddy Shot a Bear Peggy Seeger 0:55
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201
The Deer Song Peggy Seeger 3:08
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202
And We Hunted and We Hunted Peggy Seeger 1:55
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203
Mister Rabbit Peggy Seeger 2:10
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204
Peep Squirrel Peggy Seeger 1:52
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205
A Squirrel Is a Pretty Thing Peggy Seeger 1:25
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206
Snake Baked a Hoecake Peggy Seeger 1:06
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207
Old Lady Goose Peggy Seeger 1:23
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208
My Old Hen's Good Old Hen Peggy Seeger 1:05
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209
Of All the Beast-es Peggy Seeger 1:06
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