Monday, October 29, 2012

George Washington was a Nice Young Man

George Washington was the first president of the United States when that land, for Europeans at least, was very young and unexplored. Washington became a key figure in the country's early development. As a heroic figure and military leader, he was unrivaled. Indeed, the folkloric tales record that one of Washington's greatest attributes was that he was unable to tell a lie, a trait which dated back to his childhood when he apparently cut down one of his father's cherry trees at the family farm near the Potomac River. It is of course the stuff of legend but it made for a great song. This is perhaps the oldest US folk song I know and comes from the African American, southern US tradition. Thanks to David of El Cotillo for putting this class song on YouTube with some images he found on this blog and elsewhere in the www. We hope you like it and keep singing it as you improve your English.

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