Fifty Thousand Lumberjacks . Lyrics for this classic Wobblie-influenced song can be found in numerous places, including Norm Cohen's book "Folk Music - A Regional Exploration" (2005). Cohen indicates the song was collected by William Alderson from Professor Harold Barto, who learned it in the logging camps of northern Idaho in 1917. There was considerable labor strife in lumbercamps of the northwest at that time, especially in the St. Maries and Marble Creek areas. Alderson pubished the song lyrics in the article "Notes and Queries" in the October, 1942 issue of the California Folklore Quarterly journal. A recorded rendition by Joe Glazer is in the Smithosonian Folkways recording "Songs for Woodworkers" (1977). This version rendered here by Earl Gleason was recorded in his St. Maries home in September 2008. Earl and his father had over 100 years of combined experience in the logging industry in northern Idaho. The song is a wonderful littany of the rough conditions endured by Idaho lumberjacks in the early 1900s.

The Waves of Coeur d'Alene. Sheet music for this instrumental song, subtitled "Reverie for the Pianoforte", can be found at the Idaho State Historical Society and the Bonner County Historical Museum (BCHM) in Sandpoint. The song is attributed to Miss Irena Whitney and was published in 1912 by the Royal Music Publishing Co. of Omaha, Nebr. We have found no information about the composer. The rendition here by Cynthia Marlette on piano was recorded at the Coeur d'Alene First Presbyterian Church.

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