Dreaming of the Hillbilly Blues
Orphan Songs
Part 1: Poor Orphan Child

John Johanna's Telescope

There's nothing explicitly about science in the songs on The Anthology of American Folk Music, even though I've named this science/music blog after an illustration on The Anthology's cover.

The closest thing to an exception I can recall is Kelly Harrell's "My Name is John Johanna," a song about what a rotten place Arkansas is ( ... alleged to be). After listing the horrors he witnessed there, the singer vows that if he ever sees Arkansas again, it'll be through a telescope.

It's a funny line to me, I suppose partly because I'm used to thinking of telescopes as a way of overcoming distance, not of enforcing it.

For lyrics, see Page 1 and Page 2.