Thomas S. Allen : Low Bridge! - Everybody Down (or Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal)


Thomas S. Allen : Low Bridge! - Everybody Down (or Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal)



Composed:1905
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The popular song "Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal" was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen after Erie Canal barge traffic was converted from mule power to engine power, raising the speed of traffic. The tune is sadly nostalgic. Also known as "Low Bridge, Everybody Down," "The Erie Canal Song," "Mule Named Sal," and "Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal," the song memorializes the years from 1825 to 1880 when the mule barges made boomtowns out of Utica, Rome, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, and transformed New York into the Empire State.


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