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Homestead On The Farm
Composer: Herbert S. Lambert / F. W. Vandersloot

Homestead On The Farm was played by the Black Mountain Boys on the 6th and 7th March 1964. The Black Mountain Boys were a group that included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Eric Thompson, Sandy Rothman and David Nelson.

The song was first recorded with the Homestead On The Farm title by the Carter Family in 1929. Earlier recordings use the original title of the song I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home. The song was probably written in the first decade of the 20th century and was first recorded in 1910. Both titles are now used for recordings of the song.



Recordings

Homestead On The Farm

no info Single (The Homestead On The Farm / The Cyclone of Ryecove), The Carter Family, 1929
no info Single (The Homestead On The Farm / My Virginia Rose Is Blooming), The Carter Family, 193?
info Songs Of The Famous Carter Family, Flatt and Scruggs, 1961
no info Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia, Carter Family, 1963
info Livin' On The Mountain, Bill Keith & Jim Rooney, 1963
no info 500 Miles Away from Home, Bobby Bare, 1963
no info On The Bandstand, Kenny Vernon, 1966
no info Lester 'N' Mac, Lester Flatt & Mac Wiseman, 1971
no info The Carter Family, Vol. 3, The Carter Family, 1973
info Lester Flatt Live! Bluegrass Festival, Lester Flatt, 1974
no info Original Carter Family in Texas, Vol 2, Carter Family, 1978
no info Legendary Performers, Vol. 1, Carter Family, 1979
no info Oz and Charlie, Bashful Brother Oswald and Charlie Collins, 1982
no info Old American Heart Throbs, Smokey Joe Miller, 1982
no info Live at the Bluegrass Festival, Lester Flatt, 1986
info 1959-1963, Flatt and Scruggs, 1992
no info My Clinch Mountain Home: The Complete Victor Recordings 1928-1929, The Carter Family, 1993
info All-American Boy, Bobby Bare, 1994
no info Diamonds in the Rough, The Carter Family, 1996
info Flatt On Victor Plus More, Lester Flatt, 1999
no info Be Ready Boys: Appalachia to Abilene, Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien, 1999
no info Carolina Scrapbook, Krüger Brothers, 1999
info In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, The Carter Family, 2000
info Plays Bluegrass, The David Thom Band, 2000
info Country Bluegrass, Harry & Jeanie West, 2000
no info Old Style, Bristol Brothers, 2000
no info The Collection, The Carter Family, 2001
info The Carter Family: 1927-1934, The Carter Family, 2002
info Live at Vanderbilt, Lester Flatt & Bill Monroe, 2002
no info Sunshine in the Shadows, The Carter Family, 2003
info The Carter Family: 1935-1941, The Carter Family, 2003
no info Early Country Radio, Various Artists (The Carter Family), 2005
no info When I Get Home: Songs, Garrison Keillor, 2006
no info The Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 2, Flatt & Scruggs, 2007
no info The Acme Sessions, 1952-56, The Carter Family, 2008
no info Roots of Country, The Carter Family, 2009
no info Across the Blue Ridge, The Shivers, 2009

I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home

no info Cylinder (I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home), Will Oakland, 1910? (Edison 10439)
no info Single (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Bake That Chicken Pie), Jackson County Ramblers, 1930
no info Single (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Bake That Chicken Pie), Jackson County Barn Owls, 1930
no info Single (Twenty One Years / I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home), Karl & Harty, 1932
no info You're The Girl Of My Dreams / I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home, Mac Wiseman & the Country Boys, 1952
info 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered, Mac Wiseman, 1958
info Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Tommy Jackson, 1962
info Bluegrass Breakdown, Lilly Brothers, 1964
info Live! Big Ball in Monterey, The Stonemans, 1964
no info Songs for Mom and Dad, Leroy Van Dyke, 1964
info Country Music And Bluegrass At Newport, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1964
info The Bluegrass Story, Porter Wagoner & The Wagonmasters, 1965
no info Blue Grass If You Please, Ernie & Mack & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, 1966
info Strictly Bluegrass, The Valley Ramblers, 1967
no info Golden Hits Of, Mac Wiseman, 1968
info This Way Is My Way, Anne Murray, 1969
no info Howdy Neighbor Howdy, Porter Wagoner, 1970
no info Pictures of Moments to Remember, The Statler Brothers, 1971
no info Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Porter Wagoner, 1971
no info Pictures Of Moments To Remember, The Statler Brothers, 1971
no info Hickory Hollow Ramblers, Hickory Hollow Ramblers, 1971
info Stanley Sound Around The World, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1973
info The Mac Wiseman Story, Mac Wiseman, 1976
no info The Essential Bluegrass Album, Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman, 1979
no info Pure Traditional Bluegrass, Joe Martin & the Smokey Valley Boys, 1979
no info Songs That Make Jukebox Play, Mac Wiseman, 1980
no info On And On, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1980
no info Early Dot Recordings, Mac Wiseman, 1981
no info Ramblin' Letters, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, 1981
no info Give Me My Smokies And The Tennessee Waltz, Mac Wiseman & Chubby Wise, 1982
no info On Stage, The Kentucky Colonels, 1984
no info Live in Concert, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, 1985
no info 24 Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1989
no info 50 Years of Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1992
info Bluegrass At Newport: Recorded Live At The Newport Folk Festivals 1959, 60 & 63, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1993
no info 24 Greatest Hits, Mac Wiseman, 1994
no info High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1994
info Rhythm of the Mountains, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1994
info 1971-1973, Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys, 1995
no info Mountain Music Collection, Vol. 4: Farm & Home Hour, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1995
info That's Bluegrass!: CMH Records 20th Anniversary Collection, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman & the Osborne Brothers), 1995
no info Aragon Mill: Live In Holland, White Mountain Bluegrass, 1997
no info Home Sweet Home, Doc & Merle Watson, 1998
info This Way Is My Way/Honey Wheat & Laughter, Anne Murray, 1998
info Prestige/Folklore Years, Vol. 5: Have a Feast Here Tonight, The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover, 1999
info Appalachian Stomp: More Bluegrass Classics, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1999
no info Bluegrass Spectacular!, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1999
no info Original Stars of Blugrass Music, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1999
no info Rocky Top & Other Bluegrass Classics, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 1999
no info Old-Time Music of West Virginia, Vol. 2: Ballads, Blues and Breakdowns, Various Artists (Jackson Country Barn Owls), 2000
info Time-Life's Treasury of Bluegrass (30 tracks), Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2000
no info Live at Gilley's, Mac & Chubby, 2001
no info 1st Recorded Live Concert, Mac Wiseman, 2001
info The Definitive Bluegrass Collection, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2001
no info RV Songs: Life on the American Road, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2001
info Rhythm of the Mountains: Bluegrass Explores Its Roots, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2002
no info Bluegrass Originals, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2002
no info The Wonderful World of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2002
info Time-Life's Treasury of Bluegrass (24 tracks), Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2002
info 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered: Complete Recordings 1951-1964, Mac Wiseman, 2003
no info Glen Bonham, Glen Bonham, 2003
info Keep on the Sunny Side: Bluegrass Salutes the Carter Family, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2003
no info Bluegrass for Beginners, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2003
no info 100 Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2003
info Essential Bluegrass, Various Artists (Glen Bonham), 2003
no info 26 Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2003
no info Wow That's What I Call Bluegrass, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2003
info Can't You Hear Me Callin': Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2004
no info Precious Moments, Mac Wiseman, 2005
info The Appalachians, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman and the Osborne Brothers), 2005
no info Old Time Harmony Singing, Karl & Harty, 2006
no info Slidin & Pickin, Dobro & Flat Top, Ken Richter and Tom Jansenn, 2006
no info Bolin Creek, Andy Thorn, 2006
no info Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Red White & the Dixie Blue Grass Band), 2006
no info Sound Traditions: The Best of Mountain Bluegrass, Various Artists (Red White & the Dixie Blue Grass Band), 2006
no info Appalachian Mountain Homecoming, Jim Hendricks, 2007
no info Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 3, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, 2007
info Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vols. 1-4, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2007
no info Bluegrass Tradition, Mac Wiseman, 2008
info Moneyland, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2008
no info Thoughts of Home: Traditional American Folk Music, Anne Milligan, 2008

Lyrics

The lyrics used by the Black Mountain Boys are as follows;

I wonder how the old folks are at home,
I wonder if they'll miss me while I'm gone,
I wonder if they'll pray for their boy who went away,
And left his dear old parents all alone.

Now you can hear the cattle lowing in the lane,
You can almost see those fields where I roam,
You can almost hear them cry as they kiss their boy goodbye,
I wonder how the old folks are at home.

Yes the village and a homestead on the farm,
And the mother's love that shields you from all harm,
And mother's love so true, a sweetheart brave and true,
A village and a homestead on the farm.

Now you can hear the cattle lowing in the lane,
You can almost see those fields where I roam,
You can almost hear them cry as they kiss their boy goodbye,
I wonder how the old folks are at home.

Now you can hear the cattle lowing in the lane,
You can almost see those fields where I roam,
You can almost hear them cry as they kiss their boy goodbye,
I wonder how the old folks are at home.

 
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