A Shaker Work Song for the Shop

The staircase at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky.

A few days ago I was working my way through a German website and in a footnote came across two verses of a 19th century Shaker song. I found the song in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and it turns out the two verses on the German site were the second and third verses. Here are the notes from the Smithsonian collection:

“They sang whenever there was an appropriate occasion…at work…at social gatherings…while marching from one place to another.

One of the songs they sang while at work expresses eloquently their passion for perfection in everything they did and in every item they made.”

So far I have not found the title of the song (if there is one), no sheet music and no recording. It is up to you to sing the song as you see fit.

Suzanne Ellison

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10 Responses to A Shaker Work Song for the Shop

  1. danieltikhon says:

    Thank you, Suzanne. Great find!
    How about a selfie some time? I expect I’m not the only one who’d like to see the “saucyindexer”.

  2. kv41 says:

    Breathtaking stairway! And beautiful lyrics. Thanks, Suzanne.

  3. Eric R says:

    You produce the absolute BEST bits and pieces of writing I have seen in all my woodworking blogs.
    (And I read quite a few.)
    Thank you for all you do.
    You are a treasure and LAP is lucky to have you around.
    central Florida

  4. They didn’t need Sketch up to build that stair case. A slide rule perhaps…

  5. It fits perfectly to the tune of “Yankee Doodle”. Try it.

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