Friday, November 9, 2007

More Genealogy-related songs

After my semi-futile attempts at writing lyrics that "honor" genealogy and searching for family history, Bill West has written lyrics called "Wests in New England" to Barry Manilow's song "Weekend in New England" music. Great job - I especially love the sound of the National Genealogical Fluteaphone Orchestra!

There are real songs that talk about genealogy, family trees and family history. Some of them include (title and artist, not the lyricist I think):

"Family Tree" by Loretta Lynn

"Let Her Fly" by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette

"Family Reunion" by the O'Jays

"Here We Are" by Jimmy Buffett

"Heirlooms" by Amy Grant

"Paradise" by John Denver

"I'm the End of the Family Line" by Morrissey.

"In My Family" by Sparks

"Going Home for Christmas" by Steven Curtis Chapman

"Thanksgiving Day" by Ray Davies

"Grandma's Feather Bed" by John Denver

Amazingly, I haven't heard any of these songs, to my knowledge!

The classic song is, of course, "I am My Own Grandpa" which has a YouTube video here. had a music video two months ago called "Family Tree" by the Crisptones Band - excellent!

I know there are lots more - what are they? I'm limited by my imagination in picking key words. Tell me and I'll add them to the list. Or do like Bill West did, take an existing melody and write your own song - blog about it or put it in comments here. I'll post a list.


John said...

There's Family Trees by Venice. (Link also contains videos for I am my own Grandpa, and a wonderful production by Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly with several songs.adm

Donna said...

I have a post on my "other" gene-hobby (Gene Kelly) blog that has the clips of Julie Andrews and Gene singing about their respective family trees. Thought you might enjoy it!
The Gene Scene

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