American Daughter has a fine post about the traditional songs and hymns that American children used to sing in American public schools. Hat tip: Kim Priestap of Wizbang

I found in one of my late great Aunt Dorothy’s photo albums recently The Mountaineer Song Book for Rogers, Arkansas High School, 1937. Thumbing through it brought back memories of singing some of the very songs in my elementary school days.

Onward Christian Soldiers is anathema in public schools now. Even the Methodists won’t sing it as written.


High School students used to be permitted to sing songs about patriotism and faith. Songs like the following were likely in 1937 to be part of the foundation of love of country that sent thousands of men to war just a few years later.

The Index includes the following songs…….. (some of the links have poor versions of the tunes.)


America the Beautiful


Battle Hymn of the Republic

Blest Be the Tie

Captains We Are Loyal


Daring Young Mountaineers

Dixie Land

Down by the Old Mill Stream

Faith of Our Fathers

For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Go Rogers

Good Night Ladies

Hail! Hail!

Hail to Our Hero

High School Song R. H. S.

Home On The Range

It Isn’t Any Trouble to Smile

Jingle Bells

Kick-Off Song

Let Me Call Your Sweetheart

Let The Rest of the World Go By

Levee Song


My Wild Irish Rose

My Bonnie

Onward Christian Soldiers

Pack Up Your Troubles

Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet

Reuben and Rachael

Row Your Boat

Scotland’s Burning

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain

Silent Night



Solomon Levi

Sweet Adeline

The Star Spangled Banner

There’s Something About a Mountaineer

The Spanish Cavalier

The Old Gray Mare

The Mummy Song

The Sidewalks of New York

Three Blind Mice

The Little Brown Jug

The Little Brown Church in the Vale

Work For the Night Is Coming