Music: Songs of the U. S.

Most of the songs U. S. folklorists collect are regional curiosities or quaint survivals that sound strange to the average American. Overlooked by such specialists is the great mass of songs the average American sings, songs that are as familiar as bathtubs or chewing gum. These songs go out of fashion into limbo. But they are authentic U. S. folk music, nonetheless.

Two years ago Carl Carmer, writer & folklorist (Stars Fell on Alabama, Listen for a Lonesome Drum)., put on a radio program called "Your Neck of the Woods." devoted to the folklore and folksongs of different States. From it...

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