Over the River and Through the Woods

DESCRIPTION: "Over the river and through the woods To Grandmother's house we go." The family travels (by horse) to Grandmother's (for Thanksgiving)
AUTHOR: Words: Lydia Marie Child (1802-1880)
KEYWORDS: nonballad food family
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 278, "Over the River and Through the Woods" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Martin Gardner, editor, _Famous Poems from Bygone Days_, Dover, 1995, pp. 41-44, "Thanksgiving Day" (1 text)

NOTES [114 words]: Obviously primarily a popular song, sustained by recordings and print versions, and with no relevance outside the U.S. But the fact that it has been sung by so many families in cars implies that it is at least a marginal folk song. It has certainly undergone some evolution; the original is a dozen stanzas long, and I can't recall ever seeing some of the verses, such as that about "Old Jowler," before. And the first verse mentions going to GrandFATHER's house, not GrandMOTHER's.
Lydia Maria Child sounds like a rather formidable character, a feminist and an abolitionist. She wrote poetry, novels, and non-fiction, and founded an early children's magazine, Juvenile Miscellany. - RBW
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