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        Eternal Songs. Folk Songs and Ballads | Tapping the Roots of American Music

        Eternal Songs. Folk Songs and Ballads. The oldest category of eternal songs, at least those that we have documentation for, are folk songs and ballads that were brought to the New World from the old. Some of these were centuries old when the immigrants from England, Scotland, and Ireland boarded the ships that would carry them to America; others were being sung on the docks and in taverns the day the ships departed.

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