FOLK SONG Popular, often anonymous sung lyrics that may be passed on by word-of-mouth originally before being compiled by scholars into literary collections. www.creativestudios.com/lit/glossary2.html a song of unknown authorship passed orally from generation to generation. A folk song usually deals with things of daily life; it is often heard with slightly changed melody or words. Accompaniments may be added to folk songs, but they are not an integral part as are the accompaniments of the art song. www.humanities.eku.edu/Glossary.htm a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn I've Been Working On the Railroad (American folk song) I've been working on the railroad All the livelong day, I've been working on the railroad Just to pass the time away, Can't you hear the whistle blowing Rise up so early in the morn, Can't you hear the captain shouting Dinah, blow your horn! Dinah won't you blow, Dinah won't you blow, Dinah won't you blow your horn! Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, Someone's in the kitchen I know, I know -oh, Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, Strumming on the old banjo, They're singing... Fe fi fiddley-i-o, Fe fi fiddley-i-o-o-o-o, Fe fi fiddley-i-OOOOOO!, Strummin' on the old banjo!