By Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax
Track and lyrics for over two hundred songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad guy Ballad, Jesse James, Down within the Valley, The endure within the Hill, Shortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and lots of extra.
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