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That's Why We're Marching: World War II and the American Folksong Movement

Various Artists
That's Why We're Marching: World War II and the American Folksong Movement

Artists include Woody Guthrie, Almanac Singers, Lead Belly, Tom Glazer, Cisco Houston, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Burl Ives, and others. Few people have heard these songs composed and sung from 1940 to 1945 by artists primarily known for their influence on American folk music after 1945. Both the protest songs and the pro-war songs are assembled for the first time in this historic compilation; they present the conflicts, the hopes, and the way songs were used to raise morale during World War II. 25 tracks, including Mr. Hitler, Talking Sailor, Ballad of October 16, and Sinking of the Reuben James. Notes include artist biographies and bibliography. Compiled and annotated by Jeff Place and Guy Logsdon. "A great slice of history...also a great musical performance." — Daily News

Track Listing

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Freedom Road Josh White 2:20
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102
Talking Sailor (Talking Merchant Marine) Woody Guthrie 3:03
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103
The Ballad of October 16 Almanac Singers 2:49
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Billy Boy Almanac Singers 2:23
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105
Plow Under Almanac Singers 2:27
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106
I'm Gonna Put My Name Down Tom Glazer 3:04
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107
What are We Waiting On? Woody Guthrie 2:09
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108
Citizen C.I.O. The Union Boys 2:31
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109
The Sinking of the Reuben James Woody Guthrie 3:01
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110
You Better Get Ready The Union Boys 2:32
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111
If You Want to Do Your Part Lead Belly 2:56
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112
Move Into Germany The Union Boys 3:00
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113
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (War Version) Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston 2:47
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114
The Martins and the Coys The Union Boys 3:01
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115
Hitler Song Lead Belly 4:34
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116
Sally Don't You Grieve Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston 2:25
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117
Jimmy Longhi Story Vincent "Jimmy" Longhi 6:05
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118
When the Yanks Go Marching In Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Sonny Terry 2:46
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119
Round and Round Hitler's Grave Almanac Singers 1:10
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120
Fuhrer Josh White 3:11
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121
Miss Pavlichencko Woody Guthrie 2:30
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122
National Defense Blues Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and George "Pops" Foster 3:14
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123
Gee, But I Want to Go Home (Army Life) Lead Belly 1:47
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Looking for a Home Pete Seeger 3:10
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125
Now That's It's All Over (He'll Go Back to Selling Shoes) Pete Seeger 2:10

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