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Choate: "John Come Kiss Me Now," published by John Playford in 1652, was an improvisation from A Booke of Lessons for the Cithern and Gittern and became a popular dance tune in colonial America. Performed by Hesperus, Early American Roots. Copyright Maggie's Music, Annapolis, MD, 1997.

Dodge: "Yankee Doodle" (anonymous) was a patriotic march of the Revolutionary War. This eighteenth-century tune was first made popular by British soldiers poking fun at the American military, which then adopted it as their own. Performed by Douglas Jimerson (tenor), Stephen Adamski (guitar), CSA Field Music, Nancy Drinkwine (penny whistle), Vera Kochanowsky (harpsichord), Derek Mathis (baroque flute), Sue Ross (mezzo soprano), The String Quartet, and Jill Worley (soprano), George Washington: Portrait in Song. Copyright Amerimusic, MD, 1999.

Caldwell:"Get Off The Track" was a traditional antislavery song with lyrics published by Jesse Hutchinson in 1844. Performed by Lucy Shelton (soprano), Patricia Deckert (alto), Jeffrey Gall (countertenor), Frank Hoffmeister (tenor), Marilyn McDonald (violin), Kenneth Slowik (cello), and James Weaver (piano) in 1978.

Lynch: "Irish Wash Woman" is a popular dance tune that was published in the 1780s and has since come to symbolize Irish folk. Arranged and played by Kate Van Winkle Keller, American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era 1775-1795. Copyright The Hendrickson Group, CT, 1988.

Scott: "Road to Victory," performed by Bing Crosby and written by F. Loesser, was featured in The Kraft Music Hall radio program on October 7, 1943. This popular show was broadcast regularly to homes throughout the nation during World War II. Courtesy of HLC Properties, Ltd., and Special Collections, Gonzaga University, WA.

1. "John Come Kiss Me Now"

2. "Yankee Doodle"

3. Caldwell - "Get Off The Track"



See the people run to meet us,
At the depots thousands greets us,
All take seats with exultation
In the car Emancipation.

Huzza! Huzza!
Huzza! Huzza!
Huzza! Huzza!
Soon will bless our happy nation.
Huzza! Huzza!

Huzza! Huzza!
Huzza! Huzza!
Soon will bless our happy nation.


4. Lynch - "Irish Wash Woman"


5. Scott - "The Road to Victory"

Get on, get on, get on the road to victory.
Get off, get off, get off the rusty dusty and
Get on, get on, get on the road to victory and
Buy another bond today.

Get in, get in, get in your weekly envelope.
Get out, get out, get out some ever lovin' and
Get on, get on, get on the road to victory and
Buy another bond today.


Source image for the Choate family illustration published in Textiles for Colonial Clothing, artist Sarah Cowan


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