Bremen has always been a musical town, with top-notch bands, orchestras, performing  troupes. At times, it bubbled over into singing in the streets.

Not always appreciated.

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Bremen Enquirer – Jan 2, 1886

“Ella Ree” is an 1853 ditty by James W Porter & Charles E Stewart/Steuart.

The lyrics are rather morose…. Click the image to display a larger version

Carry me back to Tennessee -lyrics

The lyrics were altered multiple times, usually to be more optimistic, but even so this Carroll Clark recording from about 1910 is probably a more authentic sound.

Bremen in the 1880s. Click an image to display a larger version