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Down on the Ohio
Additional title: Away down South in spring, when de birds begin to sing. [first line]
Additional title: Hush a bye my baby your mammy'll soon be nigh. [first line of chorus]
Kingsley, Edith (Composer)
Kingsley, Edith (Lyricist)
Daly, Lucy (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Place: St. Louis
Publisher: Thiebes-Stierlin Music Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Ohio River
Poor African Americans
Family life
Rivers -- 1800-1899
River boats
Content: Cover includes a portrait photograph of Lucy Daly with a reproduction of her inscription and signature.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom near right: Thos. Shaw, music dealer, Wichita, Kansas.
Content: Cover (inside the D of the title) contains drawing of a river boat.
Content: Chorus adds chorus of alto, tenor, and bass to vocal and piano parts.
Content: Each page of music contains illustrations of ethnic stereotyped African Americans and river scenes.
Content: Summary: In ethnic stereotyped language, a father enjoys showing his son the enjoyment of living near the Ohio river.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Edith Kingsley.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21757455
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 09786110-c591-012f-453a-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Down on the Ohio" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Down on the Ohio" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 14, 2024.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1896). Down on the Ohio Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Down on the Ohio