Garry DeLong's Folk Music
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Steal Away is often thought of as a "Negro Spritual" gospel song but was actually a slave song sung in code. "Steal away home" referred to escape to the north. "My Lord, he calls me" was really the yearning for freedom. "I ain't got long to stay here" meant exactly that.
Erie Canal/A Mule Named Sal
This tune was recorded for a video sequence done on the Erie Canal at Lockport, New York. Familiar to every school child, this is an old Tin-Pan Alley song written by Thomas S. Allen in 1905.
These are exerpts from two songs that were written about 1918 during the First World War. These tunes are among several that our Mother taught us to keep us occupied during automobile trips. Usually, by the time Dad had the motor going, the car would be filled with harmony such you hear here. This trio consists of myself and two of my sisters, Dee Sample and Sarah Lofthouse.
Chorus singers for the above tunes:
Gordy Euler, Jonathan Lay, Meryle Korn, Dee Sample, Sarah Lofthouse, and Sara Kauffman. On Erie Canal, autoharp was done by Meryle Korn.
Recorded and mixed by Jon Lindahl at Fresh Tracks Studio, Portland, Oregon