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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.


Mark Twain, 1867 (Library of Congress)

Excerpts from "Out in the Country" written and performed by Greg Brown and featured on the album The Iowa Waltz (1981) used courtesy of Red House Records (ASCAP).

Excerpt from "Mississippi Sounding Calls" performed by Joe Shores, recorded by Herbert Halpert in 1939, featured on the album Negro Work Songs and Calls (1999), used by permission of Joe Shores and the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Excerpt from "A Change is Gonna Come" performed by Otis Redding and featured on the album Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965), used courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. Written by Sam Cooke and published by permission of ABKCO Records (BMI).

Excerpt from "Red & Blazing" written and performed by Abigail Washburn and featured on the album Song of the Traveling Daughter (2005), used courtesy of Nettwerk Productions. Published by permission of AbbyinChina Music (ASCAP).

Excerpts from the following tracks provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings:

  • "Trampin', Trampin;" performed by Dock Reed and featured on Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 2—Religions Music, FW04418 © (1956).
  • "Troubled, Lord, I'm Troubled," "The Blood Done Signed My Name," and "Everybody Talkin' about Heaven Ain't Goin' There" performed by Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward and featured on Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 5— Spirituals SF00473 © (1950).
  • "Banjo Sketch" and "The Frogville Band" performed by A.L. Camp and featured on A.L. Camp Plays the Banjo, (1965).

Original piano by Lee Blaske.

Original guitar and harmonica by Clint Hoover and Pat Donohue.

Sound effects by Casey Langfelder and Frank Rinella at Skywalker Sound.

Written and produced by Adam Kampe at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2008.

Executive Producer: Dan Stone.

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