I’m finally back home, so if you think my work has been slipping recently, I should be back up to my usual quality of work tomorrow. Today, we are going to listen to “On Top of Old Smoky.” This is another of those songs that were so well know that we had parodies of it. In fact, I remember singing “On Top of Spaghetti” in the third grade. According to Pete Seeger, parts of the song date back to the Elizabethan period, but that may be folklore. But there is no doubting that the song is old. Seeger seems to have been the first guy to nail down the version that we now know. Previous versions don’t sound much like it.
The song was made famous in 1951 with a recording by The Weavers. It’s well made. But it doesn’t exactly inspire me.