French Broad (William Walker)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-06-18). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1847 (1867 publication is in seven-shape format). All eight stanzas included.
First published: 1847 in Southern Harmony, p. 265, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. Alto part added by William Walker in 1867
Description: Words apparently by William Walker, in eight stanzas (see Jackson 1953a, pp. 122-123). "This song was composed by the author [William Walker] in the fall of 1831, while traveling over the mountains, on French Broad River, in North Carolina and Tennessee" (Southern Harmony 1847, p. 265). "I learned the air of this tune of my dear mother, when only five years old" (William Walker 1867): about 1814. This is related to several English folk songs (Jackson 1953a, No. 97).
Original text and translations
1. High o'er the hills the mountains rise,
3. Although I walk the mountains high,
5. If not prepared, then I must go
7. Oh ! when I think of that blest world,