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The R.E. Prindle New American Songbag

Welcome to the R.E. Prindle New American Songbag

     In 1927 Carl Sandburg published his  volume of  songs titled The American Songbag.  That was limited to what he thought were Folk Songs.  They mostly dated from the turn of the twentieth century.

   Things were on he move, changing. Before radio news songs were released via sheet music and the music hall.  This was a long slow process.  Then radio was introduced and turned into a commercial entity during the twenties.  Phonograph records were made commercially viable by being placed on a flat disk.   Record companies began combing the South for native music.  In 1928 the talkies came to Hollywood increasing the demand for songs.  Radios became universal during the thirties and forties while Television became commercially viable in the late 40s. Records were improved first by the vinyl 45 and then Hi Fi in 1954 followed by Stereo in 1958.  Phonograph records were stirring to become a big business.  TV destroyed the radio networks so that by 1955 all music radio was the norm.   The The Top 40 format required a massive infusion of new artists and songs.   It was the creation of teenagerism.

     Songs being ephemeral while new generations of teens flowed on it has been inevitable that songs have either been lost or unremembered except by a dwindling few.  This is my attempt to bring attention to some of the more noteworthy songs and artists to keep them in the common memory.  While I intend to concentrate on songs from 1950 to 1980 I will also post older songs dating back to the turn of the twentieth century.

     Due to the wonders of the internet versions of any or all of these songs are available for your listening pleasure to match the song with the music and performance. I encourage you to give them a listening.  Ask your favorite DJs to play them.  There’s some great listening here.  I lead off with Johnny Tillotson’s Talk Back Trembling Lips.

1.

Talk Back Trembling Lips


Talk back trembling lips
Shakey legs don’t just stand there
Don’t let her know that she’s getting through to to you
Talk back trembling lips
Burning eyes don’t start crying
Heart don’t let her know that your breaking in two

Every day our love’s a battle royal
Dear it seems that fighting is all we do
But if i let you know how much I love you
You’ll do things to me you shouldn’t do

So talk back trembling lips
Shakey legs don’t just stand there
Don’t let her know that she’s getting through to to you
Talk back trembling lips
Burning eyes don’t start crying
Heart don’t let her know that your breaking in two

Every time you up and hurt my feelings
I pretend it couldn’t matter less

John D. Loudermilk Writer

I’m just hiding all of my emotions
Behind my broken heart I guess

So talk back trembling lips
Shakey legs don’t just stand there
Don’t let her know that she’s getting through to to you
Talk back trembling lips
Burning eyes don’t start crying
Heart don’t let her know that your breaking in two
Heart don’t let her know that your breaking in two

2.

Marriane

Written And Performed By

Terry Gilkyson

And The Easy Riders

Marianne, Oh, Marianne, Oh won’t you marry me?
We can have a bamboo hut
and brandy in the tea,
Leave your fat old Nanna home,
She never will say
yes.
If mamma don’t know now,
She can guess, my, my,
yes.

CHORUS:
All night, all day, Marianne,

Terry Gilkyson And The Easy Riders

Down by the seaside
sifting sand.
Even little children love Marianne,
Down by the seaside
sifting sand.

When she walks along the shore,
People pause to
greet,
While birds fly around her,
Little fish come to her feet.
In her
heart is love, but I’m the only mortal man,
Who’s allowed to kiss my
Marianne,
Don’t rush me.

(CHORUS)

When we marry, we will
have
A time you never saw,
I will be so happy,
I will kiss my
mother-in-law.
Children by the dozen, in and out the bamboo hut,
One for
every palm tree, and cok-y-nut, Hurry up now.

(CHORUS)

3.

“Moments To Remember”

Words and Music

Stillman And Allen

Performed by

The Four Lads

(January to December)
(We’ll have moments to remember)

The New Year’s Eve we did the town
The day we tore the goal post down
We will have these moments to remember

The quiet walks, the noisy fun
The ballroom prize we almost won
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

(The drive in movie where we’d go)
(And somehow never watched the show)
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

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