The following list is ordered chronologically. Dave: Playing via Spotify Playing via YouTube. Dave: Pete Seeger (1961:60-61) offered two versions of the song, one with prolonged notes, the other not. The Chipmunks: 1961), Dobie, Zelda and Maynard use the tune and change the lyrics to "The Name's Dobie Gillis" to use as Dobie's campaign song for his student council election bid. Where ya going, Dave? The Chipmunks: [26] It reached No. In his medley "Schticks Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other" (1963), Allen Sherman sings a modified version: "On top of Old Smokey, all covered with hair/Of course I'm referring to Smokey the Bear.". The Chipmunks: "The Little Mohee" can be perused in Richard Chase (2014). The Chipmunks: The Chipmunks: Seeger was himself a fieldworker as well as performer; see Thomas A. Adler (2011), Seeger's view is not implausible, since many American and English folk songs have common ancestry (see above), and the words for some English ballads are indeed preserved (as, Schticks Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other, "DECCA (USA) numerical listing discography: 27500 - 27999", "El Platáno Blanco's Guide to Live Music", http://soundbeat.org/episode/on-top-of-old-smokey/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=On_Top_of_Old_Smoky&oldid=994588048, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2010, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Brown, Frank, and Newman Ivey White (1977). I lost my true lover Play your harmonica. 1 on the Cash Box chart, and sold over a million copies. (2018) Sing Silly Songs! Listen online to Mitch Miller & The Sing-Along Gang - On Top of Old Smokey and find out more about its history, critical reception, and meaning. Alvin: The version that Sharp and Karpeles collected from Memory Shelton can be read online (see Sharp and Karpeles (1917), in References below), and the version by Pete Seeger that greatly popularized the song in modern times (see below) is also online.[19]. All covered with snow Television host Jack Narz recorded the song for his album Sing the Folk Hits With Jack Narz in 1959. To win this level, you must clear all the orange pegs. On Top of Old Smokey. " For courtin's a pleasure The song is also included in the albums The Chipmunk Songbook, The Chipmunk Songbook (1986) and The Chipmunks 20 All Time Golden Greats. "[21][25] The sheet music for the song credited Seeger for "new words and music arrangement".[21]. Harry Belafonte recorded a version on his 1962 album The Midnight Special. On top of old Smokey! Alvin? Data from the Brown University archive of Wyman's field notes (p. 7), online at, Williams (1995) gives 1923 as the first year that a folk musician was recorded for commercial purposes; this was a recording of the North Georgia fiddler. Possibilities include Clingmans Dome, named "Smoky Dome" by local Scots-Irish inhabitants, but exactly which mountain it is may be lost to antiquity. Fans of the English football side Notts County FC have sung the song during games, to the words 'I had a wheelbarrow, the wheel fell off' since 1990. The Chipmunks: Behemoth (from The Muppets) as Bert Inchworm (from Crayola Colors) as Ernie Lefty the Salesman (from Sesame Street) as David Skully (from Jake and the Never Land Pirates) as Gordon Fred Jones (from Scooby-Doo) as Bob Baby Janice (from Muppet Babies) as Maria Electric Lime (from Crayola Colors) as Susan Clementine (from Sesame Street) as Prairie Dawn Blue Bell (from Crayola Colors) as … In historical times folksongs were the informal property of the communities that sang them, passed down through generations. Perrow is not clear on where he got the text from; his label says: "From North Carolina; mountain whites; MS. written for E. N. Caldwell; 1913". The Chipmunks: Following its reintroduction to America by the Weavers, the song became a standard item of popular music, sung by luminaries such as Bing Crosby,[28] Perry Como,[29] Percy Faith, Gene Autry,[30] as well as (in a brief excerpt) Elvis Presley. A list (without words or music) of five versions is given in Edwin C. Kirkland (1946) A Check List of the Titles of Tennessee Folksongs. The version with prolonged notes has, in small print, a representation of the "lining out" (spoken cuing of the next line for the group) that Seeger performed in his influential recording (see below) with the Weavers. Alvin: This version sounds much more Celtic in nature, with more vocal ornamentation and a looser rhythmic structure. Will it cheer your aching heart, Dave? And tell you more lies It is catalogued as Roud Folk Song Index No. [7] She also avoided the extreme prolongation of the syllables of Smoky and lover that are customary today, instead assigning just one musical beat to Smo- and lov- and two to -key and -er. Reckon it won't snow. C This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's quality scale. Sharp and Karpeles found to their delight that the Appalachians, then geographically isolated, were a strong preserve of traditional music and that many of the people they met were naturally-gifted singers who knew a great number of songs. The Chipmunks: [2] They were also intrigued to find that many of the songs the people sang to them were versions of songs Sharp had earlier collected from people in rural England, suggesting that the ancestors of the Appalachian residents had brought them over from the old country. The Chipmunks: Dave Van Ronk included the song on his album The Mayor of McDougal Street: Rarities 1957–1969. She'll hug you and kiss you Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. About On Top of Spaghetti "On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song with the best-known performance by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. In a 1990 episode of the American television series Twin Peaks, "Big Ed" Hurley (Everett McGill) sings the song to his hospitalized wife, Nadine (Wendy Robie).[35]. Old Smoky is plausibly a high mountain somewhere in the southern Appalachians, since so many versions recorded by fieldworkers were collected there. Simon, Theodore, you sing along with Alvin. Dave: On Top of Old Smoky is a 1953 American western film directed by George Archainbaud and starring Gene Autry and Gail Davis. Lyrics Edit. Dialogue . About On Top of Spaghetti "On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song with the best-known performance by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. Yup, for my aching heart. Little Eva, singer of "The Loco-Motion", recorded a version called "Old Smokey Locomotion" (1963), with lyrics describing how the residents of Old Smokey caught on to The Locomotion. For courtin's a pleasure. Alvin: on top of old smokey. Dave: [21] He said that he thought that "certain verses go back to Elizabethan times. Data from Google Maps. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, https://alvin.fandom.com/wiki/On_Top_of_Old_Smokey?oldid=104337. Steve and hayley: On top of old smokey. Dave: Alvin: Dave: The medley featured as the B-side to the group's single "Summer Night City". The Chipmunks: And a false hearted lover On Top of Old Smokey is the second level of the Moody Clouds, a world in Rayman Origins. Lyrics This article is within the scope of WikiProject Roots music, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of articles relating to roots, folk and traditional music on Wikipedia. On top of old Smokey [4] Miss Shelton was 23 years old,[5] and was part of a family several of whose members sang for Sharp. For your aching heart, Dave? Reckon you won't be going a-Courtin, now, Dave. However, when he gets home, he sees his mother, who has all of his stuff. TITLE: On Top of Old Smokey AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: courting, love, rejection, warning, floatingverses EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (Belden). Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License See Sharp's Preface to Sharps and Karpeles (1932). On the 1978 Sesame Street album, Bert & Ernie Sing-Along, Grover sings a version of the song, but changes the lyrics to something about him losing his clothes, lunch, various other belongings, and his way home, but eventually finding his way home and finding his mother with all the stuff he sang about losing. And a false hearted lover. [32][33] This was during a time of collaboration with showbiz impresario and songwriter Povel Ramel[34] who in a revue paraphrased it as Högt uppe på berget, jag har till en vän, förlorat en femma, jag lär nog aldrig se den utigen (High up on the mountain, I have to a friend, lost a 5 kronor bill, I doubt I'll see it again)[citation needed]. [18], Because the versions gathered in fieldwork vary so much, there is no particular version of "On Top of Old Smoky" that can lay claim to being the "authentic" or "original" version. This is the second level from this world and thirty-seventh overall that's included in the Back to Origins mode in Rayman Legends. As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951. 414. Reckon I'll just stay here on top of old Smokey, all covered with snow. On the sleeves notes it states; 'He wrote and tried out OLD SMOKEY during his 1961 summer tour'. [9], American field workers were also active in the Appalachians. Nope. The Dutch version, with as first line "een bord met spaghetti" ("a plate with spaghetti") by Rijk de Gooijer came out in 1963 as well. Dave: "On Top of Old Oakey"is the sixteenth episode of the third season of Disney Channel'sThat's So Raven and the fifty-ninth episode overall. Than cross-ties in a railroad 10 on the Billboard chart in 1951. I lost my true lover. Than cross-ties in a railroad. Don't want no true lover. Pine Mountain, KY is likewise in the Appalachians, 72 air miles (but a three hour drive) from Allegheny, N.C., where Memory Shelton sang. They were published only when a curious person took the trouble to visit singers and document their songs, an activity that in America began only around the turn of the 20th century. Sharp and Karpeles version published in Sharp and Karpeles (1932), vol. Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album 101 Gang Songs (1961). Many people assume On Top of Old Smokey refers specifically to the Smokey Mountains in the Southeastern United States, and it can and has been sung in that context.But On Top of Old Smokey is a folk song with a long history. " On Top of Old Smokey " is a traditional American folk song which tells a tale about a lost love. "On Top of Old Smoky" is a traditional folk song of the United States. Dave: Check out On Top Of Old Smokey by Various artists on Amazon Music. Well, in that case, reckon I'll go Courtin' F.E Lou. Yup, sure did. Think so? This version, too, seems to have entered modern folklore and is widely known to children; one source writes of the original "On Top of Old Smoky", "if you can listen to it and not think about spaghetti, sneezing and meatballs, more power to you. Ye-up, Dave? Alvin: It was written by Michael Feldman and directed by John Tracy. Сингл «On Top of Old Smoky», выпущенный Decca Records (каталоговый номер — 27515), поднялся до #2 в Billboard Charts и дважды возглавлял списки бестселлеров журнала Cash Box, разойдясь более чем миллионным тиражом. [1] For this reason it is unlikely that an originator of "On Top of Old Smoky" could ever be identified. The song is also included in the albums The Chipmunk Songbook, The Chipmunk Songbook (1986) and The Chipmunks 20 All Time Golden Greats . "On Top of Old Smoky" (often spelled "Smokey") is a traditional folk song of the United States. F.E Lou's a-coming up the mountain! All covered with snow. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1962 album The Chipmunk Songbook. [13][14], The tune of "On Top of Old Smoky" familiar to most people today was also paired with a completely different set of words in a folk song called "The Little Mohee", about a frontiersman who falls in love with an Indian maiden (or, in some versions, a sailor who falls in love with a South Seas maiden). In 1991,[36] Swedish comedy group(s) Galenskaparna och After Shave performed a variant in their "Grisen i Säcken" revue. I've been a-waiting all day for you to come a-courtin' me! Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 414. At the bottom is the tune as it sounds better sung in the old solo way." Think it'll snow? Dave: Sharp and Karpeles (1932), vol. All covered with cheese, It is unclear when, where and by whom the song was first sung. [3] It was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27515. [10] In the following decades, still further variants of "On Top of Old Smoky" were recorded by fieldworkers in North Carolina[11] and Tennessee. On Top of Old Smokey " is a traditional folk song in the United States that is covered by The Chipmunks, featuring Dave Seville, in The Alvin Show episode Eagle Music. His recording is posted at the "Joop's Musical Flowers" site, cited below. [22], In the 1940s through the mid 1960s, the United States experienced a folk music revival, in which Pete Seeger was a leading figure. Dave: Courtin', who? On Top of Old Smoky (often spelled Smokey) is a traditional folk song of the United States. "[39] Some of "On Top of Spaghetti" was sung by DJ & Stephanie in an episode of the American TV series Full House and the song was performed by Snuffy in an episode of Sesame Street. In 1951, Swedish revue group Flickery Flies with Brita Borg recorded a Swedish version. In the extreme case, the same basic set of words could be sung to more than one tune, or the same tune could adopt a completely different set of words. Slides and armor in one astonishing level! It takes its title from the song "On Top of Old Smoky". Reneau made the trip to New York City to record the song, and others, for Vocalion (Vo 15366) in 1925. The song is sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky". Theodore: Courtin' F.E Lou Don't want no true lover Dave: And stars in the skies Ye-up. In this level, the heroes cross through the stormy weather, heading into a place with strange pipe-like structures. It was published twice; first in the preliminary volume of folk songs prepared by Sharp and Karpeles after their first summer of fieldwork (Sharp and Karpeles 1917), then in 1932 after Sharp's death, in the much larger compendium of Appalachian folk songs that Karpeles edited from the full notes of their three summers' fieldwork. A great many versions followed in the ensuing decades. Snow's all gone, Dave. [6] Memory Shelton's version differs in notes, rhythm, and wording from the version most people know today, but only modestly so; for instance the words of the first verse are as follows: where sparking is a now-rare word that means courting. Dave: See Sharp and Karpeles (1916), and for full life dates (1892-1992) see. The Chipmunks: Reckon it'll cheer my aching heart. A (tuneless) text for "On Top of Old Smoky", similar to what Memory Shelton sang, was published by E. C. Perrow in 1915, slightly before Sharp's fieldwork. Dave: Alvin and the Chipmunks Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. The Weavers, a folksong singing group that Seeger had co-founded, recorded a very popular version of the song using Seeger's arrangement on 21 February 1951. You come out here, you, David! The Mexican trio in the Goofy short For Whom the Bulls Toil made in 1953, attempted to sing "On Top of Old Popocatépetl". Is worse than a theif. And partin' is grief In 1964 during Beatlemania, Al Fisher & Lou Marks had "Paul George John And Ringo (All The Way to the Bank)" sung to the "Old Smoky" tune (Swan LP-514). Come a-courtin' too slow. Bruce Springsteen performed the song in Portland, Oregon a few months after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens as a tribute during The River Tour. The now-standard tune of "On Top of Old Smoky" competed with a completely different tune, which Sharp and Karpeles encountered when they returned to the Appalachians for further fieldwork in 1917, and versions of this tune were also found by later fieldworkers. For I met a great hunter. Cecil Sharp collected Appalachian folksong just before the time when this music came to be "discovered" by the outside world and sold as a commercial product by the nascent recording industry[20] (this development would ultimately create the modern genre of country music). On Top of Old Smokey is the fifth level of Stage Two in Peggle 2’s Adventure Mode. The recording, though, had nothing to do with the traditional heritage of the original song: "Ich geh' noch zur Schule" (meaning "I Still Go to School") tells the story of a teenage girl denying the tempting offers of a talent scout, claiming she wants to finish school first, but she might agree to a recording contract the following year after her final exams. [21] His version of "On Top of Old Smoky" used the alternative tune noted above. Reckon not. Seeger modified a version of "On Top of Old Smoky" that he had learned in the Appalachians,[24] writing new words and banjo music. It is catalogued as Roud Folk Song Index No. F.E Lou: Munkapedia, the Alvin and the Chipmunks Wiki. (2019) Dave: Dave: If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. In 1953, Ernő Dohnányi used the tune (and also two other traditional American folktunes) in his final composition American Rhapsody. A lonesome love song, it has frequently been sung high in the Appalachian Mountains for courting. Hey, Dave! Following its reintroduction to America by the Weavers, the song became a standard item of popular music, sung by luminaries such as Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Percy Faith, Gene Autry, as well as (in a brief excerpt) Elvis Presley. He told me he found it, in the red sunset’s glow, in the sound of the thunder, and the touch of the snow. 2 on the Billboard chart and No. On top of old Smokey all covered with snow I lost my true lover for courtin' too slow Oh courtin's a pleasure parting is grief And a false hearted lover is worse than a thief. 2, song 64A. Playback options Another version is sung by Sneezy in "A Sneeze in Time ". Is worse than a theif Sharp, Cecil and Maud Karpeles (1916) "Old Smokey", unpublished page of field notes. It aired on April 22, 2005. Playback options It is near to Pteranodon Terrance, and The Big Pond. Archives of Clare College, Cambridge; posted online by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library: Extensive discussion at the site "Joop's musical flowers": This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 14:22. Indeed, it appears that in 1916 Memory Shelton first sang this alternative tune to Sharp and Karpeles, then thought better of it, because the alternative tune appears, crossed out, at the top of the page of field notes Sharp and Karpeles made (Sharp and Karpeles 1916) when they worked with Miss Shelton. The song also became one of Burl Ives' signature songs, with his recording reaching No. Mr. Snuffleupagus sings the song in the direct-to-video special Kids' Favorite Songs 2. It is unclear. on top of old smokey all covered with snow i lost my true lover for courting too slow for courting's a pleasure and parting's a grief and a false hearted lover is worse than a thief for a thief will just rob you and take all you save but a false hearted lover will lead you to the grave Courtin'. The Chipmunks: Dave: Sing another chorus, boys. For courtin's no pleasure! All covered with snow. "On Top of Old Smokey" is a song sung by Happy in "Dr. Jingleheimer ". [15] This tune was collected by the American fieldworkers Loraine Wyman and Howard Brockway in Pine Mountain, Kentucky[16] from a singer named Mary Ann Bagley,[17] and published by them in 1916, hence a year before the Sharp/Karpeles version mentioned above. On the 1975 album Bert & Ernie Sing-Along, it is sung by Grover, with special lyrics about Grover having lost a bunch of personal items. It snowed. As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951. Dave: E. C. Perrow (1915) Songs and Rhymes from the South. On top of old Smokey He was hunting the truth. [12], The Appalachian tradition characteristically spawned multiple variants of the same song. 2, p. 127. On Top Of Old Smokey This song is by Eddy Arnold and appears on the album Wanderin' (1955). The following list is ordered chronologically. The first to make a commercial recording of "On Top of Old Smoky" was George Reneau, "The Blind Musician of the Smoky Mountains," who worked as a busker in Knoxville, Tennessee, just west of the Appalachians. Nope. In 1978, "On Top of Old Smokey" was released by Swedish pop group ABBA (with lead vocals by Frida) as part of a medley that also included "Pick a Bale of Cotton" and "Midnight Special". Its branches include many other folk songs with similar lyrical stanzas and tunes. There is a safe viewing place on top of a hill next to the station. 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