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Folk Songs for Young People

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Skip to My Lou
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Blow the Man Down
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Weave Room Blues
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The Farmer Is the Man (Who Feeds Us All)
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Wood-Chopping Song
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Four Pence a Day
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Vigndig a Fremd Kind
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Way Down Yonder in the Cornfield
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Pepsi-Cola
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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
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Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
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Oh, Worrycare
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On Top of Old Smoky
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Irene (Goodnight Irene)
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John Henry
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Dayenu
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It Could Be a Wonderful World
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 37:32

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great for kids and adults

richard_eisenberger

My wife stumbled across this album and it has become a staple of our ar trips. Both kids, 3 and 5 love it, although it does generate a lod of questions, especially about the songs that deal with slavery. It is listed as a children's album, but it is equally enjoyable for adults.

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The Legacy of Pete Seeger

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Pete Seeger's contributions to American music were so titanic that it's easy to overlook them, or to assume they've always been there. To many, the folk singer, who died January 28 at the age of 94, was simply the old man of American music, the frail, earnest gentleman who turned up to one progressive gathering after another, blessing it with his presence and perhaps leading a sing-along. He also had a habit of pointing the… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Pete Seeger recorded a number of children’s albums in his early solo career, some of which suffered from overt cuteness or too-elementary presentation. Perhaps this was consciously aimed at somewhat older kids, but those problems aren’t a factor on this straightforward collection. The instrumentation (just Seeger and banjo) and recording (sometimes live, and often with spoken intros and outros) is basic, but the performances are respectfully enthusiastic and the selection of material diverse. Some of the songs are kiddie record staples (“Skip to My Lou”), “On Top of Old Smokey” and “Goodnight Irene,” of course, were big numbers in Seeger’s Weavers days, “Dayenu” is a Jewish religious number known to virtually everyone in that faith, and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “John Henry” are traditional tunes hardly limited to children’s music sets. The brief song satirizing a “Pepsi-Cola” jingle doesn’t have currency now that the commercial is long in the past, though. – Richie Unterberger

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