Our Familiar Songs & Those Who Made Them

300+ songs, with sheet music & lyrics, piano accompaniment,
information about their writers, and histories of the songs.

By Helen Kendrick Johnson circa 1889

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Familier SOngs About This Book
This work constitutes a fairly major reference songbook of popular songs from the 19th century and earlier. It is more than 600 pages and, rather usually, the sheet music with lyrics provided for each song includes, not only the melody line, but also a full piano arrangement.
How the author describes this collection:
They need no introduction ; they come with the latch-string assurance of old and valued friends, whose separate welcomes have encouraged them to drop in all together. They are not popular songs merely, nor old songs exclusively, but well-known songs, of various times, on almost every theme of human inter­est. They are the songs we have all sung, or wished we could sing ; the songs our mothers crooned over our cradles, and our fathers hummed at their daily toil; the songs our sisters sang when they were the prima donnas of our juvenile world ; the songs of our sweethearts and our boon companions ; the songs that have swayed popular opinion, inspirited armies, sustained revolutions, honored the king, made presidents, and marked historical epochs.

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