Bobby Horton: Homespun Songs of the Union Army Volume 1 CD Track Listing

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Bobby Horton Homespun Songs of the Union Army Volume 1
Being a sixth generation Alabamian with deep ancestral roots in the Southern Confederacy, I had never considered doing a collection of Union tunes; however, at the request of several Northern friends, I decided to "give it a shot." As I studied Union lyrics, I discovered one strong trait shared by the Yankee and Rebel soldier: they both sacrificed their youth and, all too often, their lives for a cause they believed was "right and just." To these unselfish Americans, i dedicate this effort. I sang, played, and recorded all these tunes in my home--hence the name "Homespun." I do hope you enjoy it!! --B. Horton 10/22/87
This misc cd contains 17 tracks and runs 47min 16sec.
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  1. Bobby Horton - Battle Cry of Freedom (02:52)
    This very improtant tune was one of \nGeorge Root's many compositions. \nPicture if you will: a soldier begins playing \nhis banjo and singing this tune and, one \nby one, other boys join in for a rousing \nfinish. [Banjo, fiddlesticks, Mandolin, \nFiddle
  2. Bobby Horton - The Army of the Free (02:23)
    The words to this popular marching song \nwere written by Frank H. Norton; the \nmelody is the old Wearing of the \nGreen. This is an early war (1862) \nversion. [Drums, Trumpets, Tuba, \nBaritones, & Vocals]\n
  3. Bobby Horton - New York Volunteer (02:16)
    This happy song of bravado was written \nvery early in the war by an anonymous \nauthor. The Irish influence is very evident \nin this music. [Fiddle, Banjo, Penny-\nwhistle, Guitar, Drums, Vocals]\n
  4. Bobby Horton - May God Save the Union (01:54)
    Reverend G. Douglas Brewerton wrote \nthese words and Carl Wolfson wrote the \nmusic to this church-like hymn. I tried to \nplay this tune as it may have been played \nat a recruiting rally. [Piano, Vocals, \nTrumpets, & Baritone horns]\n
  5. Bobby Horton - We'll Fight for Uncle Abe (02:53)
    The affection Frederick Buckley had for \nPresident Lincoln is evident here--as is \nhis confidence in an ultimate Union \nVictory. I like this one! [Guitar, Mandolins, \nCowbell, Vocals]\n
  6. Bobby Horton - Pat Murphy of the Irish Brigade (03:32)
    The Irish contributed greatly to the \nmanpower of the Union Army. They \nenlisted and served with great \nenthusiasm and brought a sackfull of \ngreat music to America's attention. This \npowerful song is a good example. [Harp, \nPenny-whistle, Fiddle, V
  7. Bobby Horton - Marching Along (02:52)
    William B. Bradbury wrote this--one of the \nmost popular Union marching songs of \nthe war. [Drums, Fifes, Vocals]\n
  8. Bobby Horton - The Vacant Chair (03:42)
    This tune, written in 1861, was widely \naccepted by people of the North and \nSouth, in fact, this was one of the truly \nbig hits. The death of Lt. John William \nGrout at the Battle fo Ball's Bluff inspired \nHenry S. Washburn to pen these words. \nGeo
  9. Bobby Horton - The Why & Wherefore (02:03)
    Music is a great tool in the recuritment of \nvolunteers. This early war tune reminds \nthe prosspective young recruit of his \nobligation to the flag and, more \nimportantly, his obligation the young \nladies. [Fiddle, Drum, Mandolin, \nPennywhistle, Ban
  10. Bobby Horton - We Are Coming Father Abraham (01:51)
    This song was penned by James Sloan \nGibbons in 1862 as a response to the \nincreasing manpower needs of the Union \nArmy. This one was definitely a biggie. \n[Trumpets, Baritones, Tuba, Drums, \nVocals]\n
  11. Bobby Horton - Grafted Into the Army (02:38)
    This comic tune talks of the dilemma of a \nmother whose son has been drafted. \n(Obviously the son is able-bodied, a man \nfrom 20 to 45 years of age, the time \nperiod is 1863 or later, and his too poor to \npay the $300 exemption fee to the \ngovernmen
  12. Bobby Horton - Weeping, Sad and Lonely (03:56)
    This Charles Carroll Sawyer son may \nhave been the MOST popular song of \nthe period. It touched Yankee and Rebel \nalike as the war bogged down and \ncasualties mounted. The desire for peace \nhad to be expressed--this tune was the \nperfect vehicle. [G
  13. Bobby Horton - Kingdom Coming (03:23)
    Henry Clay Work was an abolitionist and \nhe penned this anti-slavery tune in 1862. \nThe style of the composition is definitely \nminstrel. [Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, \nFiddlesticks, Vocals]\n
  14. Bobby Horton - Take Your Gun and Go, John (02:43)
    John's wife wants him to rest assured \nthat everything will be fine at home while \nhe's away doing his duty. [Banjo, Guitar, \nFiddle, Vocal]\n
  15. Bobby Horton - Tenting on the Old Camp Ground (03:23)
    Songs that talk of peace and hardships \ncould always be heard in both Northern \nand Southern camps. This Walter \nKittredge tune is no exception. [Hammer \nDulcimer, Guitar, Trumpet, Vocal]\n
  16. Bobby Horton - Good-Bye, Old Glory (02:25)
    The war is over; the Union is victorious, \nand (in contrast to Southern post-war \nsongs) is a happy tune. [Banjo, Mandolin, \nDrum, Fiddle, Vocal]\n
  17. Bobby Horton - Battle Hymn of the Republic (02:19)
    I found several lyrics for this William \nSteffe music--his music is so powerful, I \ndecided to present it instrumentally. I \nhope you enjoy it.\n

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