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Popular Historical Ballads

written by: msloerakusally
 
Can you tell us anything about these ballads? Many were hit songs with historical facts contained in the verses.

Question 1:


Complete these lyrics from a song performed by Johny Horton:
"In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi. We took a little
bacon and we took a little beans and we met the Bloody British in the town of ___________."
Jacksonville
Bioloxi
None of these
New Orleans

Question 2:


Who sang this historical ballad:
"Big Sam left Seattle in the year of 92, with George Craft his partner and Brother Billy,
too They crossed the Yukon river and found the Bonanza gold, just below that old
white mountain, just a little Southeast of Nome. Where the river is windin' big nuggets
they're findin' North to Alaska"?
Merle Haggard
Johnny Horton
Frankie Lane
Johnny Cash

Question 3:


The following verses are from a ballad about what famous frontiersman:
"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free.
Killed him a bar when he was only three"?
Davy Crockett
Andrew Jackson
Daniel Boone
None of these

Question 4:


"What a ________what a doer, what a dream come a truer was he." This line is about which
famous frontiersman?
Wyatt Earp
Davy Crockett
Daniel Boone
Bat Masterson

Question 5:


The following lines are from a ballad dedicated to what famous frontier marshall:
"....Brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long
live his glory and long may his story be told"?
The Sundance Kid
Matt Dillon
Johnny Ringo
Wyatt Earp

Question 6:


Complete these lyrics from a historical ballad of 1960:
"The war had just begun. The Germans had the biggest ships, they had the biggest guns
The ......................... was the fastest ship that ever sailed the seas".
Bismark
Nautilus
Ironsides
Submarine

Question 7:


"We get no shelter when it rains. All we got is Yankee brains" is part of the lyrics from the ballad "Swamp Fox".
True
False

Question 8:


The following lyrics were dedicated to a real historical figure:
"Casey Jones, steaming and a rolling. Casey Jones, you never have to guess.
Whenever you hear the whistle of the engine, you know it is Casey at the throttle
of the Cannonball Express."
False
True

Question 9:


"Gunfight at the OK Corral" was sung by Frankie Laine.
False
True

Question 10:


Finish the lyrics of this historical ballad:
"Now in the legend of the West, one name stands out of all the rest. The man who had the fastest gun, his name was ____________________"
Wyatt Earp
Jessie James
Johnny Ringo
Bat Masterson

 


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