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The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood

Robin Hood and the Tanner

Three Ravens

The Outlandish Knight

Sir Patrick Spens

The Battle of Otterbern

Others from the Child Ballads


Elizabethan/English Civil War


When the King Enjoys His Own Again

Scarborough Fair

Sir Andrew Barton

The Death of Queen Jane

Drink to me Only With Thine Eyes

The Oak and the Ash


American Colonial Era

Barbara Allen

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Pretty Saro


17th-18th Century Sea Shanties

A Sailor’s Life (the American version of this is Willy the Bold Sailor Boy)

Blow the Man Down


Revolutionary War folk songs

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

The Girl I Left Behind Me

Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me?

Yankee Doodle

Free America

Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys

The World Turned Upside Down

The British Grenadiers

The Battle of Kegs

Oh! Say Bonny Lass

The Lovely Ohio


The War of 1812

The Star-Spangled Banner

Eighth of January

The Noble Lads of Canada

The Triumph of General Ludd


Civil War songs (includes a few Negro spirituals)

Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Follow the Drinking Gourd

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

The Battle of Shiloh Hill

John Brown’s Body

Go Down, Moses

Swing Low, Chariot

Wade in the Water


19th Century American folk songs

The Eerie Canal

The Jam on Jerry’s Rocks


Darling Nellie Grey

Billy Boy

Simple Gifts

Buffalo Gals

Red River Valley

Aloha O’e (Hawaiian Farewell song)


18th-19th century British folk songs

Star of the County Down

Miller of Dee

The Old Carrion Crow

My Lodging is on the Cold Ground

Whiskey in the Jar


World War I Folk Songs

Danny Boy

Over There

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

There’s a Little Blue Star in the Window


Depression Era Folk Songs

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?



WWII Era Songs

When the Yanks Go Marching In

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

I’ll Be Seeing You

White Cliffs of Dover


Mid-20th Century Protest Songs

Give Peace a Chance

We Shall Overcome

Blowin’ in the Wind

Where Have all the Flowers Gone?


Other 20th Century Folk Songs

This Land is Your Land

Lean On Me

Stand By Me


Let There Be Peace on Earth (secular lyrics here)

What a Wonderful World

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