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Teaching ConceptAlternate Songs to Teach LinkComposerBackground ContextRESEARCH 1RESEARCH 2RESEARCH 3Grade? E, M, HYour NameYour Contact Info
Compiled by Martin Urbach
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All the Pretty Little Horsesrelative minor, 6/8Link in Orff blog no longer works; I think the status of this song should be TBD--I've done research on this song and I haven't found racist origins; what I have found is that it was a slave lullaby that became popular among White Southern families. -K. Ermolaeva
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Baa Baa Black SheepThe second link here shows an alternative version with derogatory terms and language pattern: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q1jVGqOgKxfiUZ8N3oz0warXefGIJill2Xha-3X5nUY/edit?usp=sharing
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Black Joke
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Bowl of Cherries
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Buffalo Galshttps://www.loc.gov/item/sm1845.401370/
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Camptown Races
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Canoe Songhttps://www.facebook.com/michelle.mccauley1/videos/10155757862262676/?hc_location=ufi&comment_id=Y29tbWVudDoyNjIwNzI4NDI4MDI0MzY2XzI2MjA3NDY2OTQ2ODkyMDY%3Dmisrepresents Native tribesI am Native American and I teach Land of the silver Birch not as an authentic Native American song but one that describes the setting. I'm not going to be offended by every little researcher who can find all kinds of ways to describe everything we teach as racist. If we look for it, we will find it. I DON'T TEACH any songs with a RACIST attitude. I teach for musical content. Obviously, if it is a deragatory and openly racist song I won't touch it. Teachers in Kodaly have LONG taught Aki Taki Uma passing it off as my Native Alaskan roots, however, I teach it as what some people think of when they think of Alaska. Good GRIEF!!!! And yes, I am a TRIBAL MEMBER.
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Chinese, Japanese, Dirty Knees, Look at TheseC
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Dinah
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Do Your Ears Hang Low?https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/05/21/314246332/talking-about-race-and-ice-cream-leaves-a-sour-taste-for-some
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Down the River, Down the Ohiohttps://www.loc.gov/resource/sm1854.790530.0/?sp=2
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Eeenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo
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Epo i tai taihttp://folksong.org.nz/he_puru/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1Zvm-KJH87OqYqiwemOs68ZhDjfXD2-kwxZLdNlefu3DxUDILrNYYkhlA
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Five Little MonkeysConsider using "5 Little Ducks" insteadhttp://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-racist-roots-of-five-little-monkeys.html
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Gypsy in the MoonlightThe term gypsie is offensive - https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/12/30/242429836/why-being-gypped-hurts-the-roma-more-than-it-hurts-you
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Hokey Pokeywhere is the connection to racism? https://www.josieholford.com/beneath-the-surface-the-hokey-pokey-and-jump-jim-joe/The link you provided shows why Jump Jim Joe is racist and unacceptable but why Hokey Pokey is probably fine...
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Huron Carol
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I've been workin' on the railroadOriginally minstrel http://newfangleddad.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-dark-history-of-ive-been-working-on.html
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Jim Along JosieWhat is the background with Josie?
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Jimmy Crack Corn
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Jingle BellsUsed as minstrel songhttps://www.npr.org/2016/12/25/506898876/the-jingle-bells-song-has-roots-in-minstrelsy
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John Kanaka
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Johnny on the Woodpilehttps://decolonizingthemusicroom.com/songs%2Ftraditions/f/johnny-on-the-woodpile
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Jump Jim Joewhere is the connection to racism? https://www.josieholford.com/beneath-the-surface-the-hokey-pokey-and-jump-jim-joe/
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Land of the Silver Birch/Canoe Song (See above)
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Lassus Trombone (and all of Fillmore's set, The Trombone Family)https://www.google.com/amp/s/thelasttrombone.com/2020/06/28/trombone-players-its-time-to-bury-henry-fillmores-lassus-trombone/amp/
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Lucy Locket https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.htmlhttp://persephonemagazine.com/2012/05/kitty-fisher-and-lucy-locket-tawdry-origins/https://interestingliterature.com/2018/11/a-short-analysis-of-the-lucy-locket-lost-her-pocket-nursery-rhyme-origins-history/Is Kitty kasket related to this?   
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Miss Lucy Had a baby (Tiny Tim) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Lucy_had_a_baby
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Mother Gooney BirdBased on Bible camp song Father Abraham Had Many SonsSource? I'm having trouble finding the connection to racism, but want to learn and do better.
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Oh Susanna
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Old Dan Tucker
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Pick A Bale of Cotton
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Shoo Fly Don't Bother Mehttps://shoo-fly.weebly.com/references.html
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Shortnin BreadSongs with a Questionable Past
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Sweet Georgia Brownhttps://iaspm-us.net/jpms-online-popiaspm-us-sounds-of-the-city-issue-yuval-taylor/
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Ten Little Indians1 2 Buckle My Shoe
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The Ice Cream Truck Song
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Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
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Turkey in the Strawhttps://decolonizingthemusicroom.com/songs-%26-stories/f/turkey-in-the-straw
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When I Was One (Going Over The Sea)Offensive term for Chinese people: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UqZIJEv9tkmY367sfOTK4IRyXdWJLQuC/view
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What Made the Red Man Red (from Peter Pan) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Made_the_Red_Man_Red%3F
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Chicken on a Fence Post / Can't Dance Joseyhttps://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2020/02/chicken-and-foxes-singing-game.html
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah https://www.fatherly.com/play/movies/splash-mountain-song-of-the-south-disney-racist/#N/A
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q1jVGqOgKxfiUZ8N3oz0warXefGIJill2Xha-3X5nUY/edit
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEdbl 8
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/12/07/toronto-music-teacher-sues-for-defamation-after-principal-vp-call-folk-song-land-of-the-silver-birch-racist.html
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/.20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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http://diversitytree.blogspot.com/2011/12/huron-carol-racist.html
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://decolonizingthemusicroom.com/songs%2Ftraditions/f/jim-along-josie
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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source?
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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https://atlantablackstar.com/2015/08/20/12-childhood-nursery-rhymes-you-didnt-realize-were-racist/
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https://decolonizingthemusicroom.com/songs%2Ftraditions/f/turkey-in-the-straw
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https://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/2018/09/culture-and-race-our-song-literature.html?utm_sq=fykrtavekw&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TheYellowBrickRoad&utm_content=MusicEd
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