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. Play your harmonica. Television host Jack Narz recorded the song for his album Sing the Folk Hits With Jack Narz in 1959. Dave: Come a-courtin' too slow. All covered with snow. It aired on April 22, 2005. 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. On top of spaghetti All covered with cheese Old Smokey is a active volcano that is located at Volcano Station on North America. Sharp and Karpeles version published in Sharp and Karpeles (1932), vol. 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. Knowing Ben intimately as well, Smokey wanted to make sure he didn't usurpe Locke's authority, hence the apparition of Alex. [1] For this reason it is unlikely that an originator of "On Top of Old Smoky" could ever be identified. It is unclear. You come out here, you, David! Dave: A lonesome love song, it has frequently been sung high in the Appalachian Mountains for courting. Alvin? For your aching heart, Dave? There is a safe viewing place on top of a hill next to the station. [8] The version Miss Shelton sang has twelve verses. Dave: The Chipmunks: [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. 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. Think it'll snow? Dave: 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. Dave: 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. Mr. Snuffleupagus sings the song in the direct-to-video special Kids' Favorite Songs 2. Sharp and Karpeles (1932), vol. On Top of Old Smokey is the second level of the Moody Clouds, a world in Rayman Origins. And a false hearted lover E. C. Perrow (1915) Songs and Rhymes from the South. And partin' is grief All covered with snow Audio Kids' Favorite Songs 2 (2001) F is for Fun! The song also became one of Burl Ives' signature songs, with his recording reaching No. Pete Seeger (1961:60-61) offered two versions of the song, one with prolonged notes, the other not. I've been a-waiting all day for you to come a-courtin' me! Dave: It is the tale of a meatball that was lost when "somebody sneezed". 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. For courtin's no pleasure Munkapedia, the Alvin and the Chipmunks Wiki. 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. The Chipmunks: 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. Alvin and the Chipmunks Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. In 1951, Swedish revue group Flickery Flies with Brita Borg recorded a Swedish version. Back to top Hints, Guides and Discussions of the Wiki content related to Old Smokey should be placed in the Discussion Topic. 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 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. The Chipmunks: Courtin', who? One of the earliest versions of "On Top of Old Smoky" to be recorded in fieldwork was written down by the English folklorist Cecil Sharp, who during the First World War made three summer field trips to the Appalachian Mountains seeking folk songs, accompanied and assisted by Maud Karpeles. Where ya going, Dave? (2018) Sing Silly Songs! Reckon I'll just stay here on top of old Smokey, all covered with snow. The Chipmunks: On top of old Smokey all covered in snow, I learned a great lesson you all ought to know. (2019) As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951. [21] His version of "On Top of Old Smoky" used the alternative tune noted above. "[21][25] The sheet music for the song credited Seeger for "new words and music arrangement".[21]. Dave: He was only a youth, but he wasn’t hunting rabbits. 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". [12], The Appalachian tradition characteristically spawned multiple variants of the same song. Harry Belafonte recorded a version on his 1962 album The Midnight Special. [10] In the following decades, still further variants of "On Top of Old Smoky" were recorded by fieldworkers in North Carolina[11] and Tennessee. ㅤ “ This version sounds much more Celtic in nature, with more vocal ornamentation and a looser rhythmic structure. What'cha stopping for, Alvin? 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. Dave: 10 on the Billboard chart in 1951. Alvin: Nope. Dialogue . [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. Simon: [3] It was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27515. Reckon it won't snow. A hit song from in 1963, "On Top of Spaghetti" by Tom Glazer, begins with the quatrain. And partin' is grief. Listen online to Hank Williams - On Top of Old Smoky and find out more about its history, critical reception, and meaning. He told me he found it, in the red sunset’s glow, in the sound of the thunder, and the touch of the snow. Courtin' F.E Lou However, when he gets home, he sees his mother, who has all of his stuff. Seven versions collected in North Carolina are given by Brown and White (1977:170-173). 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). And tell you more lies [26] It reached No. For courtin's a pleasure. 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. on top of old smokey. "On Top of Old Smoky" (often spelled "Smokey") is a traditional folk song of the United States. In 1991,[36] Swedish comedy group(s) Galenskaparna och After Shave performed a variant in their "Grisen i Säcken" revue. The Chipmunks: Theodore: Ye-up, Dave? "On Top of Spaghetti" is a children's song sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey," with lyrics about a meatball that falls off a plate of spaghetti when someone sneezes. 2, p. 127. On Top of Old Smokey. " As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951, it is catalogued as Roud Folk Song Index No. 414. For I met a great hunter. Yup, for my aching heart. [21] He said that he thought that "certain verses go back to Elizabethan times. His recording is posted at the "Joop's Musical Flowers" site, cited below. The Chipmunks: Dave: And stars in the skies 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). Alvin: The Chipmunks: On Top of Old Smokey is the fifth level of Stage Two in Peggle 2’s Adventure Mode. All covered with cheese, Dave Van Ronk included the song on his album The Mayor of McDougal Street: Rarities 1957–1969. 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. [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]. The following list is ordered chronologically. This is the second level from this world and thirty-seventh overall that's included in the Back to Origins mode in Rayman Legends. Don't want no true lover. 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. On Top of Old Smoky (often spelled Smokey) is a traditional folk song of the United States. Pine Mountain, KY is likewise in the Appalachians, 72 air miles (but a three hour drive) from Allegheny, N.C., where Memory Shelton sang. The Chipmunks: Hey, Dave! 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 Little Mohee" can be perused in Richard Chase (2014). Lyrics Edit. Dave: “On Top of Old Smokey” or “On Top of Old Smoky” is a traditional nursery rhyme and folksong, sharing the same tune with On Top Of Spaghetti. When winter winds blow It takes its title from the song "On Top of Old Smoky". C This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's quality scale. Courtin'. [4] Miss Shelton was 23 years old,[5] and was part of a family several of whose members sang for Sharp. 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). F.E Lou: In historical times folksongs were the informal property of the communities that sang them, passed down through generations. 414. [31] A great many versions followed in the ensuing decades. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. [9], American field workers were also active in the Appalachians. Lyrics The song is also included in the albums The Chipmunk Songbook, The Chipmunk Songbook (1986) and The Chipmunks 20 All Time Golden Greats . 2 on the Billboard chart and No. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1962 album The Chipmunk Songbook. [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. For courtin's no pleasure! I lost my true lover. On Top Of Old Smokey This song is by Eddy Arnold and appears on the album Wanderin' (1955). As recorded by The Weavers, the song reached the pop music charts in 1951. 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. Playing via Spotify Playing via YouTube. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. Its branches include many other folk songs with similar lyrical stanzas and tunes. There aren’t many evidences about the origin of this song and its author is unknown. [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). 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. Dave: 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]. He commented on the difference, hinting that the prolonged-note version was his own: "The first version given here [prolonged notes] shows how some songs can be adapted slightly for group singing. Possibilities include Clingmans Dome, named "Smoky Dome" by local Scots-Irish inhabitants, but exactly which mountain it is may be lost to antiquity. Playback options She'll hug you and kiss you! The medley featured as the B-side to the group's single "Summer Night City". 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. On Top of Old Smoky is a 1953 American western film directed by George Archainbaud and starring Gene Autry and Gail Davis. Two further versions of this alternative tune, collected in the 1950s, were published Brown and White (1977). 2, song 64A. On top of old Smokey Check out On Top Of Old Smokey by Various artists on Amazon Music. And a false hearted lover. 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. Dave: Data from Google Maps. In this level, the heroes cross through the stormy weather, heading into a place with strange pipe-like structures. 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. Than cross-ties in a railroad. Come a-courtin' too slow 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 … 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. Playing via Spotify Playing via YouTube. 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. Level Description . When somebody sneezed. The Chipmunks: Snow's all gone, Dave. Sing another chorus, boys. Will it cheer your aching heart, Dave? Another version is sung by Sneezy in "A Sneeze in Time ". On top of spaghetti 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. Alvin: It is near to Pteranodon Terrance, and The Big Pond. Reneau made the trip to New York City to record the song, and others, for Vocalion (Vo 15366) in 1925. Reckon it'll cheer my aching heart. The following list is ordered chronologically. Think so? "On Top of Old Smoky" is a traditional folk song of the United States. Is worse than a theif On the sleeves notes it states; 'He wrote and tried out OLD SMOKEY during his 1961 summer tour'. Dave: See Sharp and Karpeles (1916), and for full life dates (1892-1992) see. A great many versions followed in the ensuing decades. And tell you more lies. Reckon you won't be going a-Courtin, now, Dave. It was written by Michael Feldman and directed by John Tracy. 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