Remember These Songs – 4/1/14


As promised, I will introduce you to some songs from the ’80s that you should know. First up is “Polly Wolly Doodle”. It was first published in a Harvard student songbook in 1880.

“Polly Wolly Doodle” appears in the existing manuscript for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s These Happy Golden Years exactly as it is used in the published version.


Next is “Blow the Man Down”. This is a sea shanty. It was sung in the 1800’s. In 1879, George Haswell was passenger aboard another steamship, from London to Sydney, at which time he noted some of the shanties of the crew. He wrote an article about it, but it did not get a wide circulation. However, it did find its way into the hands of Laura Alexandrine Smith, whose own large collection of sailors’ songs, The Music of the Waters (1888), was one of the first to be widely available. Smith reprinted the lyrics gathered by Haswell. And the rest is history.


And the final song for the day is “Oh My Darling, Clementine” by Percy Montrose (1884).

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4 thoughts on “Remember These Songs – 4/1/14”

  1. Beats the 1990s for sure…

    Actually I prefer 1780s music to this. Seems that every other century the 80s makes some verily awesome music.

    1. Ah, a Mozart and Beethoven fan, are you? They were what you people call “Rock stars” of their time. I don’t know if their music will last though. Only time will tell.

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