Mind the music and the poodles

The big clean-out continues. Today's major find is a Czech-American songbook published in Omaha, Nebraska in 1909. It was aimed for the trash, but fell open to its Rosetta Stone.

Lordy, Poodles, it's the ivory-billed woodpecker! Not quite, but it's American and Bohemian versions of "John Brown's Body Lies A'Mouldering in the Grave"! Most of the songs are only in Czech. Until I spotted "John Brown" I thought it was all Czech, and was wondering why I've been carting it around for four decades. Click on images for a larger view.

Had such fun reading James McBride's The Good Lord Bird about John Brown. Do give it a peruse at your library!

Did you know "Yankee Doodle" has a verse about pancakes and onions?

Closing today with a little patriotic number.  Have a good one!

© 2014 Nancy L. Ruder


Kathleen said...

What a find!

JoAnn said...

I have neighbors who are descended from Czechs(Jelinek family). Bob vacations there every year or so and visits old country cousins. Instead of trashing the songbook, if it needs a home send it my way.

Collagemama said...

Sold to the highest bidder! That was music to my ears, Jo.

Kim said...

And a folk version of Bohemian Rhapsody?