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An Acre of Land

"Scarborough Fair/Canticle"
Simon & Garfunkel
1966
"Scarborough Fair"
Martin Carthy
1965
"The Elfin Knight"
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
1961

There has been a fair in the Yorkshire village of Scarborough since 1253. But the song we now know as "Scarborough Fair," or in the Simon & Garfunkel version "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," didn't find its way to Scarborough until the nineteenth century. Read more about An Acre of Land

Over The Sea

"Skye Boat Song"
The McCalmans

Sometimes people travel not for business or for pleasure, but just to stay alive. Read more about Over The Sea

Glorious Days

It's easy to forget how small air travel has made the world, and how recently it changed. A hundred and fifty years ago, before the opening of the transcontinental railroad or the Panama Canal, one of the quickest ways to get from New York to California was by sea, around the treacherous point of Cape Horn. Read more about Glorious Days

In Our Day

"Erie Canal"
Bruce Springsteen
2006

In 1817, without mechanical digging equipment, using only manpower and teams of oxen, Americans built one of the great engineering wonders of the world. Read more about In Our Day

Return Trips

"M.T.A."
The Kingston Trio
1959

As new technology changes the way we travel, one song has kept pace. From the age of sail to today's rapid transit, the tune has returned and returned with new lyrics to match. Read more about Return Trips

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