ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

A Collection Of Negro Traditional & Folk Songs with Sheet Music Lyrics & Commentaries - online book

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
learned them from the Negroes. I have besought the aid of every person who I thought might know of songs, and have eagerly cap­tured words or music where I could find them. I have had the assis­tance of many people—for such a quest would be useless if one relied on one's own resources. I have begged for songs from friends, ac­quaintances, and strangers, and have received cooperation for which I am most grateful. In later papers I shall tell of the various people who have helped me and the songs they have contributed, for the work which I am doing is to make a folk-book in truth.
My friend, Ola Lee Gulledge, has rendered invaluable aid in taking down songs at first hand, and in working them out from phonograph records which I took. We have collected several hundred songs, with variants to many of them, and have had a happy task of sorting them and putting them into shape for publication.