New York Sings

400 Years of the Empire State in Song

By Jerry Silverman

Subjects: Music, New York/regional, American History, American Culture, History
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438426846, 299 pages, March 2009

Table of contents

On A Personal Note
Halve Maen/Half Moon
Eindelijk Onderweg/Underway at Last
Land In Zicht/Land in Sight
An Invitation to North America
Captain Kidd
A Song Made upon the Election of New Magistrates for This City
A Song Made upon the Foregone Occasion
Yankee Doodle
THE RIFLE: New York at War

Nathan Hale
The Rifle
The Battle of Saratoga Springs
Mad Anthony Wayne
Brave Paulding and the Spy
Ye Parliament of England
The Patriotic Diggers
Erie and Champlain
Abraham's Daughter
The Death of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth
Brownell, the Gallant Zouave
As I Went Down to Port Jervis
Pat Murphy of The Irish Brigade
The Shoddy Cloth Contractor
New York 7th Regiment
That's What's the Matter
The Fighting Sixty-Ninth
Goodbye Broadway, Hello France
New York, New York, I Love You
Over There
ELECTION SONGS: We'll Beat 'Em Sixteen to One
Little Vanny
Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
Farmer Greeley
Hold the Fort for Tilden
Hooray for Bill McKinley and That Brave Rough Rider Ted
We Want Teddy for Four Years More
Good by! Teddy, You Must March! March! March!
Everybody Loves Our Al
Bye Bye Landon, Goodbye!
That's Why We're Voting for Roosevelt
Republican Battle Hymn
A TRIP ON THE RIVER:  New York Waterways
The Hudson River Come-All-Ye
Hudson River Steamboat
Sailing Up My Dirty Stream
Sailing Down My Golden River
When the Clearwater Sails On By
A Trip on the River
The Meeting of the Waters
The E-ri-e Canal
The Raging Can-all
A Trip on the Erie
Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal
TO COME TO AMERICA: The Immigrant's Experience
Kesl Gardn/Castle Garden
Elis Ayland/Ellis Island
Shikt A Tiket/Send a Ticket
Lebn Zol Kolumbus/Long Life to Columbus
New Yorker Trern/The Tears of New York
Di Grine Kuzine/The Greenhorn Cousin
Bantookhd Ar Groong/The Migrant to the Crane
Nun Ist Die Scheidestunde Da/The Hour of Parting Now Is Here
O Yero Amerikanos/The Old American
Amerikansk Humbug/American Humbug
The Seven Irishmen
No Irish Need Apply
Paddy Works on the Railway
The Bluestone Quarries
Dall' Italia Noi Siamo Partiti/When from Italy We Did Take Our Leave
Jechał Jeden Polak/A Pole Was Traveling
Amerikavisan/America Song
Moyi Mamtsia Doma/My Mother Is at Home
V Hameritsi Brama Maliuvana/In America's a Golden Portal
Problema Social/Social Problem 158 Proschai, Rossiya/Farewell, O Russia
The New Colossus
To Come to America
New York: O What a Charming City
Can't You Dance the Polka?
The Knickerbocker Line
I Love the Heights of Brooklyn
Michael Roy
The Regular Army, Oh!
 Jim Fisk
Weeping for Lost Ones
Barrel of Porter at Tammany Hall
The Freight-Handlers' Strike
The Highway in the Air
The Bowery
The Sidewalks of New York
The Brooklyn Trolley Strike
Only a Bowery Boy
The Desperado
My Ann Elizer—The "Rag Time Girl"
Mary Ellen Simpkins' Bike
Everything Is Lovely on the Bowery
Tillie Tootie—The Coney Island Beauty
Jay Gould's Daughter
Give My Regards to Broadway
There's Only One Little Old New York
I've Made My Plans for the Summer
I Saw It in the B.R.T.
Down in Dear Old Greenwich Village
Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?
Harlem Blues
George Washington Bridge
La Fayette's Welcome
Benny Havens', Oh!
Come, Life, Shaker Life
Simple Gifts
Big Bill Snyder
Sing Sing
Buffalo Gals
The Murdered Pedlar
The Montaukers
Blue Mountain Lake
Joe Thomas
I Walk the Road Again
Niagara Falls
Let Us All Speak Our Minds
The Leatherman
Hans and Katrina
Bonny Eloise
The Bright Mohawk Valley
In Tarrytown
The City by the Dear Old Genesee
White House Blues
On Lake Champlain
The New Hamburg Clockback
Hurrah for Our National Game
Our Noble Giant Nine!
Steal! Slide! Anyway!
McGuffin's Home Run
Told between Ticks
Slide, Kelly, Slide!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
I Can't Miss That Ball Game
Oh You, Babe Ruth
Index of Song Titles
Index of Composers and Lyricists
Index of First Lines

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.


In New York Sings, musicologist and folklorist Jerry Silverman has compiled a remarkable collection of songs about the people, places, and events of New York's 400-year history—from Henry Hudson's Half Moon to Pete Seeger's Clearwater, from Montauk to Niagara Falls, from the sidewalks of New York to the lumber camps of the Adirondacks. The traditional songs of New York are among the oldest in the vast repertoire of the American songbook, and included here are songs from the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War I, as well as songs about the immigrant experience, the Erie Canal, baseball, life in sweatshops and on farms, and hard times and ragtimes along the Bowery, Coney Island, and the Great White Way. The book provides the melody, lyrics, and guitar chord symbols for each song, as well as fascinating facts and stories about the songs, their composers, and the historical events and people described.

Musicologist Jerry Silverman is one of America's outstanding folksingers and guitar teachers. He has published numerous folksong collections, anthologies, and method books for guitar, banjo, and fiddle, including The Baseball Songbook, The Guitarist's Guide and Almanac, Jerry Silverman's Folksong Encyclopedia, Ballads and Songs of the Civil War, and Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust. He has taught hundreds of people, young and old, the joys of making music on the guitar, and has performed in folksong concerts at schools, universities, and concert halls in the United States and abroad. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.


"…a history of New York like no other. " — 410Media. com

"…a top pick for those who want to embrace [New York's] history through song. " — Wisconsin Bookwatch

"A great collection! Since the Dutch days in New Amsterdam, songs accompanied wars, elections, social movements, great events, as well as children's games and lovers courting. And songs are still being made up, even if they don't always get on radio or TV. Jerry Silverman is to be congratulated for getting so many in one book. " — Pete Seeger