Chronology:    Bargery Number | Main Themes:
1810-19  106 |  (awaiting analysis)
1820-29 616 |  
1830-39 054 |  
1840-49   |  
1850-59 426; 655; 738 |  
1860-69   |  
1870-79   |  
1880-89    |  
1890-99    |  
1900-09    |  
1910-19 154  |  
Uncertain 083; 708 |  


Historical Background:

Tourism was an important part of the steamboat economy from the outset. The cargo loaded and unloaded itself; during the course of the trip it could be sold food and drink (and plenty of it); and it might be induced to give money to entertainers busking a living. 

Steamboat songs are songs of the cities, when the countryside is mentioned it is as a place of resort away from smoke and noise.

The continuing association of the steamboat with enjoyment and freedom from the daily grind ensured that it was the object of affection in popular songs well into the 20th century.


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