Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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OUR FAMILIAR SONGS.
WHAT'S A' THE STEER, KIMMER?
The origin of this Jacobite song is unknown. It appeared about 1745, and was first made familiar to Amercan ears in the Scottish concerts of the Misses Cumming, about 1850. Of course the first line, divested of its dialect form, would read: " What's all the stir, comer * (stranger) ?
WEARING OF THE GREEN.
Of the many songs which nave been written with this title and sentiment, this one by Dion Boucicault is best known in this country. It is the song of " Shaun the Post," in the play of " Arrah na Pogue." There was an old revolutionary street ballad in Ireland, in which a conversation was imagined between Bonaparte and an Irishman. Bonaparte inquires,
And how is ould Ireland, and how does she stand?
and the reply is,
'Tis a poor distressed coun-the-ry, oh, poor I-ar-land!








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