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walton title.The picture at the right depicts the title of The Waltons as seen during the introductory credits of each week's episode beginning with season two.

For 24 million Americans, it was what creator Earl Hamner Jr. called "a beacon in the night". Back in September 1972, the idea of a one-hour drama detailing the Depression-era struggles of a close-knit family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia was seen is boring by reviewers and network executives. To virtually everyone's surprise The Waltons quickly built a following among both adults and a new generation of children and young teens. Using a formula as simple and sugarcoated as the Walton folk themselves -- proud, wholesome, and responsible -- the show allowed TV to rediscover a deep chord in the American public: family values. The picture was reproduced from a JPEG file on the Walton's Mountain Museum web site and parts of the article were taken from the August 20, 1993 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The Walton's Mountain Songs, Poetry, and Prayers

The following table list various facts about The Waltons. Please help me collect this information by correcting mistakes and adding information that is missing. My email address appears at the bottom of all pages.

Pre-series and First Year ***** ***** *****
Fiber McGee and Molly The radio show that the Waltons listen on Christmas Eve 1933

Radio show that Zeb and Esther try to listen to while at Townsend house
The Homecoming

The Caretakers

Throw Out the Life-Line The song that the Baldwin sister, Hawthorne Dooley, and John-Boy sing in the Baldwin house on Chrstmas Eve 1933 before they go off and take a sleigh ride The Homecoming Pre-2
Everything is going well. Holly is getting to be like one of the family. But, even though all of us can talk on our fingers with her, I think she misses her own momma and daddy. My love for Marcia grows. The power of the pen may be great but in love it has failed me. Tomorrow I plan action! John-Boy writes in his journal about the little girl Holly and his first love, Marcia Woolery The Foundling s1/e1
Liberty The magazine that Ike is reading when Mary Ellen, Erin, Jim Bob, Elizabeth, and Holly, the deaf girl, enter the store s1/e1

The magazine that Ike is reading again when Mary Ellen, Ben, and Elizabeth walk into the store s1/e4
The Foundling s1/e1
And they seeked him in the rafter room, and cubby hole and press, And seeked him up the chimney flue, and everywheres, I guess; But all they ever found was just his pants and round about! And the Gobble-uns'll git you if you don't watch out! . John-Boy reads to Jim Bob and Elizabeth the poem "Little Orphan Annie (and the Goblins)". From the story Little Orphan Annie (http://www.jameswhitcombriley.com/litorphannie.htm) The Carnival s1/e2
It's eight o'clock. The train is just going over the trestle at Rockfish. It makes a lonesome sound and far out there in the night it fills me with a restless feeling I don't rightly understand. John-Boy writes in his journal about his feelings when he hears the late-night sound of the train The Carnival s1/e2
Moby-Dick The book that Tommy gives to John-Boy as he and his fellow carnival performers leave for the Chicago's World Fair The Carnival s1/e2
Auld Lang Syne After the carnival people perform in the barn, the Waltons and the performers join hands in a circle and sing the song in celebration of their friendship The Carnival s1/e2
I saw a look on Daddy's face today and all of a sudden I found myself looking at him not as my daddy but as another man. Maybe I'm growing up a little. Maybe it was the pain in his face. But it came to me that for all the pleasure Momma and Daddy find in us children, there are other times it must be heartbreaking to them. I'm going to try to be of more help around here, and I'm going to speak to the other children, too, and tell them to show more appreciation. After seeing his father make a difficult decision, John-Boy writes in his journal The Calf s1/e3
Three hens were sitting on one branch when he took aim, shot, and dropped all three. Ben then asks, "But you said four!" Grandpa goes on to say that the fourth bird was an old tom turkey that flew right into the line of the shot. The story Grandpa tells the children about bringing down four turkeys with one shot. The Hunt s1/e4
Life is a mystery, a sacred mystery, part of that mystery seems to be the struggle we all have to stay alive, to keep life in ourselves, and in those we cherish. Sometimes we have to take life. It's the way it is with all living animals, all the way down the whole chain of life. What John says to John-Boy after John-Boy says he will be ashamed of him for not being able to shoot a turkey The Hunt s1/e4
Ma Perkins
  • The radio show that Ike and Grandpa are listening to while John-Boy worries about the letter he sent to Collier's magazine s1/e5
  • Ep drops by Ike's store to listen to the radio show s1/e24
The Typewriter s1/e5
You're a real writer—young, inexperienced—but the talent is there, the gift is there What Miss Hunter, John-Boy's teacher, says to him after he decides to submit one of his articles to a magazine just like a real writer The Typewriter s1/e5
Collier's The magazine in which John-Boy submits one of his story after Miss Hunter suggests he do so; it is rejected The Typewriter s1/e5
I promised myself I would write at least a thousand words in this tablet every day. The trouble is if I spend too much time up here away from everybody I don't really have anything to write about. John-Boy writes in his journal about his conflict between writing and finding things to write about The Star s1/e6
I wish I could make up my mind what the star falling means to me, or even whether it has a meaning. Couldn't it be something as natural as green leaves turning red in the fall, or water freezing to ice in the winter, melting in the spring. I only wish Grandpa could see it that way. John-Boy writes in his journal about what a falling star means to him and what is could mean to Grandpa The Star s1/e6
Just As I Am, Without One Plea The congregation of the Baptist Church sing a gospel song at a revival under a tent set up outside Ike's store. The Sinner s1/e7
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone The Bible verse that John quotes to the congregation when he defends Rev. Fordwick after he accidently becomes drunk on the Baldwin sister's Recipe The Sinner s1/e7
The darkness of night is around us now. Beyond the safety of the house the wild things with their shiny eyes are moving through the shadows. There is something wild too about the boy sleeping in the barn. What he is running from we don't know but I think he is beginning to trust us and maybe by tomorrow the mystery will be all cleared up. John-Boy writes in his journal about Gino, the boy sleeping in the barn The Boy from the C.C.C. s1/e8
The gallant gesture made in the face of great danger, the flamboyant exploit that shocks and delights, these are the usual materials for building a legend. But as I was growing up I was privileged to watch the day-by-day growth of another kind of legend, fashioned out of long years of bone-tiring work, good humor in the face of daily hardship, and unfailing patience, understanding, and love. The quiet legend of John Walton--my father. John-Boy writes in his journal about the legend of his father The Legend s1/e10
I feel a terrible, achy emptiness, but I will fill that empty place in myself with what I feel instead of my father, mother, brothers and sisters instead of living in the private world of my thoughts and feelings. After this writing I will lay aside my journal, forever. I will try to accept this and learn to live with the knowledge that I can never follow in the footsteps of those who gave their lives search for the one great story they were born to write. What John-Boy writes in his journal after speaking with A.J. Covington about what a person must give up to become a writer The Literary Man s1/e11
Moral stories are out of style, but then so am I. But my story has a moral. Don't waste your life searching for the one big story that you were born to write. Write the little stories. Who knows, the sum total of them may be the big one. Write about Walton's Mountain, your feelings about your family and your place, just the way you've been doing. Write about being young and confused and poor, groping but supported by a strong father and a loving mother, surrounded by brothers and sisters that pester you and irritate you, but care about you. Try to capture that in words, John-Boy. That's as big a challenge as the Klondike, or the white whale, or flying the Atlantic Ocean alone. It was too big for me, but I think you just might be up to it. What A.J. Covington tells John-Boy to convince him to return to his writings The Literary Man s1/e11
It needs new paint and shingles and the vines should be trimmed and tied, but what it needs the most of all is some people living inside. What A.J. Covington thinks about the old Tabor place The Literary Man s1/e11
My road calls me, it lures me west, east, south, and north. Most roads leads men homewards, my road leads me forth. Part of the note that A.J. leaves John-Boy The Literary Man s1/e11
George Burns and Gracie Allen The radio show that the Waltons are listening to while the Denby's stay with them The Dust Bowl Cousins s1/e12
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen The Baldwin sisters and Grandpa drink the Recipe as they sing the song. The Reunion s1/e13
Springtime in the Rockies The Baldwin sisters, John-Boy, Grandpa, and Homer Lee sing the song as they drive back from the picture show in Charlottesville. The Reunion s1/e13
Let me Call You Sweetheart The Baldwin sisters and the Walton family drink lemonade at the Baldwin house as they sing the song. The Reunion s1/e13

We're going to be one short tomorrow at picking apples. Daddy is letting Mary Ellen show Jamie the way over to Maude Gormleys. Wish I were going to hear Maude sing. She'd sing all day if anyone would listen.

John-Boy writes in his journal about why Mary Ellen won't be picking apples tomorrow with the family The Minstrel s1/e14

Daddy went to notify the sheriff and he is not back yet. I guess he is checking the bus station and such places. If anybody is to blame for all of this I think it is Jamie. Leading his kind of life I guess you don't think too much about the consequences of what you do.

John-Boy writes in his journal about his feelings for Jamie, the minstrel The Minstrel s1/e14

I was born in east Virginia,
North Carolina I did roam.
There I met a fair, pretty maiden,
Her name and age I do not know.
Her hair, it was a light sun color,
And her lips, a ruby red.
On her breast she wore white lilies,
There I long to lay my head.

The lyrics to the first song that Maude Gormley sings to Jamie, the minstrel, while she sits on the front porch of her house. The Minstrel s1/e14

Johnson boys were raised in ashes.
Didn't know how to court a maid.
Turned their backs and hid their faces.
Sight of a pretty girl makes them afraid.
Sight of a pretty girl makes them afraid.
Johnson boys eat peas and honey.
They have eaten them all their lives.
Makes the peas taste kind of funny.
But it keeps them on their knives.
But it keeps them on their knives.

The lyrics to the second song that Maude Gormley sings to Jamie, the minstrel. Jamie sings the song to Mary Ellen. The Minstrel s1/e14

I want to see an ocean, know if it tastes of salt.
Swimming in a Maine river, running wild.
Living in a city of strangers, where neighbors don't know my name.
Where I am “me”, and not my parent's child.
Some need roots to grow on, but I'm a blossom man.
Never saw a firefly caught that smiled.
Rainbows die at sunset and laughter has no sea.
My name is “Now", won't be tomorrow's child.

The lyrics to the third song that Maude Gormley sings to Jamie, the minstrel. Jamie sings the song to Mary Ellen at his campsite. The Minstrel s1/e14


The sign announcing the stage performance of Miss Alvira Drummond outside Ike's store The Actress s1/e15

At night across the mountain when darkness falls and the winds sweep down out of the hollows, the wild things with their shiny eyes come to the end of the clearing. At such an hour the house seems safe and warm, an island of light and love in a sea of darkness. At such an hour the word “home” must have come into being, dreamed up by some creature that never knew a home. In his yearning there must have come to mind the vision of a mother's face, a father's deep voice, the aroma of fresh-baked bread, sunshine in a window, the muted sounds of rain on a roof, the cry of a newborn babe, the sign of death, and the voice calling “goodnight”. Home, an island, a refuge, a haven of love.

The actress Alvira Drummond reads from John-Boy's journal Walton's Mountainat her show in Ike's store The Actress s1/e15

You know my heart's cravin' that all my children finish high school, even college if I can live that long.

What John says to John-Boy when he skips school to help Ike sell semi-antique furniture The Actress s1/e15

The house is hushed now, the hour is late, the night is still except for a whippoorwill that calls from the crabapple tree. In the kitchen, I hear the voices of my mother and father as they speak quiet private things to each other. Sleep flows through the house like a silent river. Soon our sleep will join in the flow of that quiet river and each of us will dream our separate dream.

John-Boy writes in his journal at the end of the day The Fire s1/e16

I plant me a red and rosy bush,
I plant me a green willow tree.
To prove to all who come this way,
That she has forsaken me.

The lyrics to the first song that John-Boy sings to Jenny Pendleton while he plays a dulcimer. The Love Story s1/e17

When I was young and I was gay,
I loved her long and well.
But the sum that loving has brought me,
No human touch can tell.
Oh, seen yond lonesome little turtle dove,
He is swinging on that yonder vine.
As I do mourn for mine,
Oh, hush you lest you break my heart.
For no one will I cry.
Ten thousand lovers have already parted,
So why not you and I.
So why not you and I.

The lyrics to the second song that John-Boy sings to Jenny Pendleton while he plays a dulcimer. The Love Story s1/e17

… and she is about the prettiest thing I've ever laid eyes on. I suspect she is in trouble of some kind and I know Momma and Daddy think she has run away from home….

John-Boy writes in his journal about his initial feelings about Jenny Pendleton The Love Story s1/e17
Erskine Caldwell's book "God's Little Acre" Cordelia Hunnicut mentions the new author to John-Boy The Courtship s1/e18
The Wedding March The song played by Grandma on the piano as Cody Nelson and Cordelia Hunnicut are married; and played by Jason when Ike and Corabeth are married. The Courtship and The Matchmakers s1/e18 and s3/e16
Is it possible he asked himself after all these years, could it be possible, he was loved by such a women? But why else would she seek out his company. Why else would she not allow a day to pass without being near him. What better reason than the time of a courtship which like the season had blossomed to steal their hearts, the uncertainty which could always await tomorrow. John-Boy writes in his journal imagining himself Uncle Cody Nelson The Courtship s1/e18

The Lone Ranger

The radio show that the Walton family is trying to listen to on a stormy night The Gypsies s1/e19

I found a new word in the dictionary today: 'ambivalence'. That's me, wanting things to stay like they are forever here on Walton's Mountain, and yet wanting to be grown up and away, to find new things to see and write about. Ambivalence, it's a good word. The thing is, knowing the word doesn't make the two wants any easier to live with.

John-Boy ponders about a new word he learned today as he writes in his journal The Gypsies s1/e19

It sure is frustrating to have these people right in the front yard and not learn a thing about them. What I would like to do is to go down there and sit around the campfire with them.

As he writes in his journal, John-Boy ponders that the gypsies out camped outside The Gypsies s1/e19

Dear Mary Ellen, I'm thinking of you and how you are always dreaming of the world beyond Walton's Mountain. I can tell you that it is very different. People who barely know each other sleep in adjoining rooms. Each is locked in its own life, and seem lonely, The city at night is close to Camelot….” (he is interrupted, and then continues the letter) “The best news is that I may be getting a job tomorrow morning. I'll let you know later.

John-Boy writes a letter to Mary Ellen The Deed s1/e20

There is nothing so finely felt and so finely perceived as injustice.

John-Boy writes in his journal a quote from Charles Dickens The Scholar s1/e21

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
As saved a wrench like me.
I was once lost, but now I'm found.
Was blind, but now I see.
Was grace that taught my heart to fear.
And praise my ears relief.
How precious it is that grace of years,
The hour I first believed.

The lyrics sang by the church choir, with lead singer Olivia and director Everett Cooper The Bicycle s1/e22

The Farmer Takes a Wife

The movie scenary that Ann Harris compares with the mountains and trees on Walton's Mountain The Bicycle s1/e22

"Oh Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah Land, as on thy highest mount I stand. I look away across the sea where mountaintops prepare for me."

The lyrics from the song "Beulah Land" sang by Grandpa and the family as they drive to Sunday services The Crisis s1/e24

Mamma's in the kitchen baking apple pies. Daddy's in the sawmill cutting railroad ties. Grandpa and the children have their chores to do. While Grandma tries to iron out the ironing board blues.

(chorus) Oh, the ironing board blues, it's old and it's new. It's fast or it's slow, it's just whatever you choose. You don't need to be afraid to state your views. And tell the whole world that you've got the ironing board blues.

Grandma gets her rhythm rocking to and fro. Her feet tap in syncopation on the kitchen floor. The ironing board is squeaking on the one and the two. And you know that Grandma Walton is playing the ironing board blues.

(repeat chorus)

The song that Jason wrote and sang at the amateur contest at the Bijou Theatre in Charlottesville. The song was inspired by Grandma's ironing technique. The Crisis s1/e24

Mama's room has become the center of the house. Every day she talks with us, telling us of the hopes and dreams she has for each one of us.

John-Boy writes in his journal about what has been happening in his mother's room since she contacted polio. The Crisis s1/e24

Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was black as soot. And everywhere that Mary went, its sooty foot it put.

Elizabeth pretends she is one of the contestants at the music competition that Jason enters (and wins first prize), and recites her poem to the family The Crisis s1/e24

Easter is less than a week away. Spring is still not in sight. And Momma seems no closer to walking. Suppose this is the year when spring never comes. No green buds, no blossoms with the promise of fruit and harvest. Men must have shared these same doubts for thousands of years. Asked themselves what must we do to bring back spring? What can we offer You in exchange to an end to winter? The beginnings of new life, Momma strong and walking again. What can we do?

John-Boy writes in his journal about his increasing doubts with his mother's recovery The Crisis s1/e24
Second Year ***** ***** *****

Oh, ye'll tak' the high road. An' I'll tak' the low road. And I'll be in Scotland afore ye. But me and my true love, we'll never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of the O' Loch Lomon'

The song Bonnie Banks O'Lock Lomon that John-Boy and Maggie MacKenzie sing to and from the Virginia seashore. The Journey s2/e1

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

The song that is played when John-Boy and Maggie MacKenzie dance at the restaurant at the seashore The Journey s2/e1

Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them.

The excerpt from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade that John-Boy and Grandpa quote. The Journey s2/e1

Some people are drawn to oceans, and others to the shimmering sands of deserts. Others feel only at home on land that flows beside a river. My people were drawn to mountains, and there on Walton's Mountain we were to share the fun and excitement of growing up together, the boundless love of our mother and father and a daily exploration of many of the wonders that lie in the human heart!

John-Boy writes in his journal about how people are attracted to different parts of the country The Journey s2/e1

And if that mockingbird don't sing, Mama's going to buy you a diamond ring.

Lyrics from Hush, Little Baby that Mary Ellen sings to her baby lamb Daisy. The Odyssey s2/e2

My Wild Irish Rose, The sweetest flower that grows.You may search everywhere, But none can compare, With my wild Irish Rose

Lyrics from My Wild Irish Rose that Grandpa sang to Grandma, their favorite song to waltz to. The Separation s2/e3

Jack Armstrong

Radio program that Jason wants to listen to, but can't because the radio isn't working The Separation s2/e3

On top of old Smokey, All covered with snow. I lost my true lover, By courtin’ too slow. Courtin’s a pleasure, But partin’ is grief;

Lyrics from On Top of Old Smokey that Grandpa, and the Baldwin sisters sing on the way to Charlottesville; and that the family sings on the way back from a picnic The Separation and The Job; The Conflict s2/e3 and s3/e11; s3/e1

In a cavern, in a canyon, Excavating for a mine, Dwelt a miner, forty niner, And his daughter Clementine. Oh my darling, oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine, You are lost and gone forever.

Lyrics from My Darlin' Clementine that (1) Fred Hensen's band plays while Fred and Esther dance at the Livery Stable barn dance, (2) Sung by the family upon a return from a picnic at Blue Rock Creek (3) Sung by the family as they return from a picnic with Ruth Thomas, (4) Sung by the family drive to a picnic with Ted Lapinsky. The Separation, The Conflict, The Job, The Unthinkable
s2/e3, s3/e1, s3/e11, s8/e14

We are all dancers. In each of us there is a need to move to the beat of music, to circle, to tempt, to embrace, and finally to move together in pairs. And when all else of 1934 is forgotten I will still treasure this house, this year, and this night.

John-Boy writes in his journal about the events that have unfolded over the last few days The Separation

The Depression lingered on, and there were other bad spells, but we lived through them too. And as each year ended it was difficult to recall the hard times we'd come through. Looking back, I realized now that the real bounty placed before us each day was the love we had for each other. It shaped our lives, fed our souls and crowned our happiness.

John-Boy writes in his journal about the hard times they were living through, and the love his family had for each other The Thief

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

John-Boy reads from the book to his brothers and sisters, and to Jody Foster The Roots

Our mountain in winter is something to see,
at times it is just like a person to me.
A giant in white all covered with snow,
it changes each day as the heavy winds blow.
And when I'm alone and I go for a walk,
it's almost as if that old mountain can talk.
It seems to say, "Welcome my wintery friend,
I was here at the beginning; I'll be here at the end."

Poem written by Ben Walton called A Winter Mountain that won first prize at Liberty magzine's poetry contest for its couriers The Chicken Thief s2/e6

I had never really thought about my mother and father as being anything but married to each other, and then today I met a man who under different circumstances might have been my father.

John-Boy writes in his journal about the possibility of a different life for his mother and for himself The Prize s2/e7

And she had been melancholy when she come into the orchard. But now she stood in the shower of while petals of the crabapple tree remembering another time, a lost love. And in that moment she realizes that everyone has a secret part in himself, a place where all one's dreams still live. And strengthened she walked away from the orchard to the place where she lives.

John-Boy writes in his journal about his mother's secret--a lost love--and a place where her dreams reside The Prize s2/e7

There was times on Waltons's Mountain so filled with contentment that I might sit in my room writing and not once be reminded that I was a part of a large and boisterous family. It was on such a day that Jim Bob took time out to watch the grass grow and Hobie Shank came back into our l ives. I wasn't to know much peace after Hobie's arrival.

John-Boy writes in his journal about how the family's life was turned upside down by their new guest, Hobie Shank The Braggart s2/e8

I never regretted my brief fling as a man of business. When I am reminded from time to time of the lessons that Graham foster taught me, memory carry me back to that Depression time and the voices of my family. Amen.

John-Boy writes in his journal about his experiences with Graham Foster The Fawn s2/e9

It seems to me that my life is rushing past me at a furious rate. It doesn't seem to be any time to do all the tings I want to do. And there are so many books I have yet to read. And so many words in me that I have yet to get down on paper….

John-Boy writes in his journal, but suddenly feels numb in his writing hand s2/e10 The Thanksgiving Story s2/e10

The world is a tragic place, people are pitiful, sad creatures but every now and then people have a noble spirit deep down inside.

A philosophical statement that John-Boy tells Jenny Pendleton s2/e10. The Thanksgiving Story s2/e10

But I'm not fine. Somebody is going to catch on soon. I'll tell them but it has to wait because tomorrow is just too important.

John-Boy writes in his journal about how he "really" feels The Thanksgiving Story s2/e10

Oh my dear Lord, look down upon this family on Thanksgiving Day and we ask you to bless all of our dear friends assembled under this roof with the abundance that you have showed upon this family. And for the joy and love and caring for one another that all of us feel. And for most especially, dear Lord, that you have brought home to us our eldest boy safe and sound. Amen.

Prayer that Grandpa says over Thanksgiving dinner after John-Boy safely returns home from brain surgery s2/e10. The Thanksgiving Story s2/e10

Several weeks were to pass before we were to know the decision of the scholarship committee. The announcement came by telegram. My name was on the list - my journey was about to begin - I had won the scholarship

What John-Boy writes when he finds out the results of his application to Boatwright College s2/e10 The Thanksgiving Story s2/e10

I've been workin' on the railroad, All the live long day. I've been workin' on the railroad, Just to pass the time away. Don't you hear the whistle blowing? Rise up so early in the morn. Don't you hear the captain shouting "Dinah, blow your horn"?

Ike Godsey is heard singing the song "I've Been Working on the Railroad" when John-Boy enters the store looking for clothes. The Bequest s2/e12

Ellsworth's [John Brown's] body lies a mould'ring in the grave, Ellsworth's [John Brown's] body lies a mould'ring in the grave Ellsworth's [John Brown's] body lies a mould'ring in the grave, His soul is marching on! CHORUS Glory! Glory Hallelujah! Glory! Glory Hallelujah! Glory! Glory Hallelujah! His soul is soul is marching on.

John-Boy hears a Salvation Army band play "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" as Grandma goes into a watch repair store. The Bequest s2/e12

Dear Momma it's your birthday, it's a special day for you. We hope your day is happy and your wishes all come true. We think that you're the greatest in every little way. That's why I sing this birthday song on this your special day.

The song that Jason wrote and sings to his Momma on her birthday. The Air Mail Man s2/e13

I caught this morning morning's minion, kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing, As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding Stirred for a bird,--the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear, Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

The poem by Gerold Manley Hopkins that John-Boy reads to his Momma on her birthday. The Air Mail Man s2/e13

"I've been workin' on the railroad"

Ike sings the song "I've Been Working on the Railroad" during the church picnic. The Triangle s2/e14

Welcome sweet springtime, We greet thee in song, Mummers of gladness, Fall on the ear.

The song "Welcome Sweet Springtime" that the school choir sings at the church picnic. The Triangle s2/e14

It is a beginning of new possibilities – love, marriage, children – when the time is right and if that's what you want. But in any case it's a natural cycle, and it's filled with joys, sorrows, and responsibilities

What Olivia tells her daughter Mary Ellen when she asks what it means to be a woman The Awakening s2/e15

"To our dear Grandmother, May your joys be as deep as the ocean, and your troubles as light as the clouds. From Elizabeth, Ben, Jim bob, and Mary Ellen."

Message that John-Boy writes on the card that some of the children give to Grandma on her 68th birthday on Saturday, August 17, 1935. The Awakening s2/e15

"Mirakle Spring Water – Sure Cure for Rheumatism, Gowt, Liver Complaint, Lumbago, Night Sweats"

Sign advertising that Ben, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth are selling mineral water in front of Ike's store for five cents a glass. The Heritage s2/e17

“When you're old you'll take comfort in knowing that the Mountain will endure long after you've turned to dust. The season will come and go, snow will fall, the land sleeps, the violets bloom, and the green leaves of spring come again. They grow for a summer and turn all their colors. And then the snow, and it goes on like this. It's the way of things.”

What John-Boy remembers Grandpa said as he wonders what will happen if the family sells the Mountain The Heritage s2/e17

"I love mountain music, good old mountain music, played by a real hillbilly band"

The song that Red Turner and His Country Boys sing while on their first appearance on the Grand Old Opry The Gift s2/e18

Beautiful Dreamer

The song that Jason plays on the recorder ("flippleflute") as Seth Turner teaches him to play the instrument The Gift s2/e18

Blind Man's Bluff

The game that the Walton children and Seth Turner play on the front yard The Gift s2/e18

AMARANTHA sweet and fair,
Ah, braid no more that shining hair!
As my curious hand or eye
Hovering round thee, let it fly!

Let it fly as unconfined
As its calm ravisher the wind,
Who hath left his darling, th' East,
To wanton o'er that spicy nest.

Every tress must be confest,
But neatly tangled at the best;
Like a clew of golden thread
Most excellently ravellèd.

Do not then wind up that light
In ribbands, and o'er cloud in night,
Like the Sun in 's early ray;
But shake your head, and scatter day!

The poem "To Amarantha, that she would dishevel her Hair" John-Boy tells Elizabeth while unbraiding her hair (as he comforts her upon the death of the unborn baby Joy) The Cradle s2/e19

Bye Bye Blackbird

The song the Waltons listen to on the radio after eating supper The Fulfillment s2/e20

The Sky is Falling

The children's story (with Henny-Penny and other animals) that Grandma tells Elizabeth and Luke Enright The Ghost Story s2/e21

How do I love thee, let me count the ways.

What Marcia Woolery writes in John-Boy's Autograph Book for senior graduation. The quote is from Sonnet 43 in 'Sonnets From the Portuguese' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning titled "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways..." The Graduation s2/e22

"Heights of great man reached and kept, Were not attained in sudden flight, But while their companions slept, They were toiling upward in the night." -- I'll always remember you affectionately, Rose Mary Hunter.

What Miss Rosemary Hunter writes in John-Boy's Autograph Book for senior graduation. The quote is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Ladder of Saint Augustine" The Graduation s2/e22

What an exciting time to be alive; to be venturing out into the world; to begin an enormous journey. We the graduating class of 1934, encouraged by the words of our president Franklin Delano Roosevelt who said when he was inaugurated a year ago 'this great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and prosper. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself'. This is a wonderful day, a day of hope and promise for me and my fellow students. A day without fear. New laws have been passed to eliminate child labor in factories, man's working hours have been shortened and no man can be paid less than the new minimum wage. It's been a long time since any banks have closed in this country. And truly our land is a land of progress and opportunity. As high school graduates we will be able to take full advantage of these opportunities. That we are high school graduates we owe to some very special people. Our fathers have put in hours of back-breaking labor to keep us in school. And I know in our house my mother went without in order that books could be bought for my schooling. But above these specifics they have given us their support, their guidance, and their love. And we are deeply grateful. There is someone else that we owe so very much. She has given generously of her time and her intelligence and of her love for learning. And it is with sadness that we leave Miss Rosemary Hunter; but with the promise that we will strive to maintain her high ideals as we come to this parting of our ways. This is a landmark that we will never forget, the day that we the graduating class of 1934 set out on this great adventure of our lives.

John-Boy's 1934 high school valedictorian speech The Graduation s2/e22

Jenny kissed me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief! who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in. Say I'm weary, say I'm sad; Say that health and wealth have miss'd me; Say I'm growing old, but add-Jenny kiss'd me.

Grandpa reads the poem: Jenny Kissed Me by Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) The Five Foot Shelf s2/e23

Two Years Before the Mast (And Twenty-four Years After)

JohnBoy reads from the book by Richard Henry Dana (1841). The Five Foot Shelf s2/e23

Fibber McGee and Molly

  • Too much static on the radio while trying to listen to "Fibber McGee and Molly"
  • Radio show tried to be listened to by Zeb and Esther while at Townsend house
  • The Five Foot Shelf
  • The Caretakers
  • s2/e23
  • s3/e18

In a cavern, in a canyon Excavating for a mine Lived a miner, forty-niner And his daughter, Clementine Oh, my darling, oh, my darling Oh, my darling Clementine You are lost and gone forever Dreadful sorry, Clementine

The lyrics to the song "Clementine" that the Waltons sing while returning from a wonderful picnic near Blue Rock Creek. The Conflict s3/e1

On top of old Smokey, All covered with snow, I lost my true lover From courtin' too slow. From courtin' too slow, dear, From courtin' too slow, I lost my true lover From courtin' too slow.

The lyrics to the song "On Top of Old Smokey" that the Waltons sing while returning from a wonderful picnic near Blue Rock Creek. The Conflict s3/e1

Henry Walton
Belowed Husband
of Martha Corinne

The gravestone of Henry Walton (Martha Corinne's husband). The Conflict s3/e1

There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor, Spinning dreams of the long, long ago. Spinning dreams of an old fashioned garden, And a maid with her old fashioned beau, Sometimes it seems that I can hear her in the twilight At the organ softly singing "Old Black Joe." There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor, Spinning dreams of the long, long a go.

The lyrics to the song "The Old Spinning Wheel" that Elizabeth asks Olivia (and John) to sing after they are given Martha Corinne's old spinning wheel The Conflict s3/e1

It is as fitting for a man to build his own house, as it is for a bird to build its own nest

The poem by Henry David Thoreau that John-Boy quotes while he speaks with Wade Walton. The Conflict s3/e1

School days, school days, dear old golden rule days. Readin' and writin' and 'rithmatic, Taught to the tune of a hickory stick. You were my queen in calico, I was your bashful, barefoot beau.

The song "School Days" that Grandpa sings as the children prepare for their first day at school. Grandma responds, "You were barefoot but you were as bashful as a buzzsaw!" The First Day s3/e2

Work when the night is coming. Work through the morning hours. Work while the dew is sparkling

The song that Grandma would sing when she missed her children The First Day s3/e2

You Can't Get There From Here

What a railroad clerk tells Jim Bob when he asks for a ticket to Japan. (This is most likely a reference to Earl Hamner's book "You Can't Get There From Here". The Runaway s3/e4

I want to hear his wife's side of the story

What Grandma says when Grandpa states that Paul Gauguin was a great painter who left his life in Paris to paint naked women in Tahiti. The Romance s3/e5

As Time Goes By

The song that is played when Grandpa has the first dance with Mary Ellen before she goes to The Hop. The Ring s3/e6

Baby Face (You've Got the Cutest Little Baby Face)

The song that is played when the Dance Marathon begins. The Marathon s3/e9

California Here We Come

The song that is played when the Jack Rabbit Run is performed at the Dance Marathon. The Marathon s3/e9

Oh don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike, Who crossed the wide prairie with her lover Ike, With two yoke of oxen, a big yellow dog, A tall Shangai rooster, and one spotted hog?

The song Sweet Betsy From Pike that is played by Jason when he auditions for Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang The Book s3/e10

Me and my wife live all alone In a little log hut we call our own; She loves gin and I love rum, And don't we have a lot of fun!
Ha, ha, ha, you and me, Little brown jug, don't I love thee! Ha, ha, ha, you and me, Little brown jug, don't I love thee!

The song Little Brown Jug that is played by Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang just before Bobby agrees to give Jason $3.50 each night for playing with them. The Book s3/e10

Once I was single, then O then Once I was single, then Once I was single, my pockets did jingle An' I wish I were single again

The song I Wish I Was Single Again that is played by Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang with Jason at the guitar and harmonica. The Book s3/e10

Skip to My Lou

The song that is played by Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang on the night that the Walton family goes with Jason to the Scottsville dance hall. The Book s3/e10

At night across Virginia, across the old fought-upon earth, there comes a sweet darkness that seeps down from the mountains, and laden with the scent of dogwood, flows across the hills and into the valleys.

A passage from the book Short Stories: A Collection by John Walton, Jr. supposedly published by Majestic Press for John-Boy, but in fact a "vanity press" scheme. The Book s3/e10

On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And thro' the field the road runs by

A passage from the poemThe Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson that John-Boy reads to Ruth Thomas The Job s3/e11

Algernon. Cecily! [Embraces her.] At last!
Jack. Gwendolen! [Embraces her.] At last!
Lady Bracknell. My nephew, you seem to be displaying signs of triviality.
Jack. On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.

The ending to the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde that John-Boy reads to Ruth Thomas. The Job s3/e11

The spirits of each member of the family were subdued by the absence of the father. The man had been gone four days, but the boy felt that an eternity had passed. His anxiety had deepened by the fact that he was failing one of his courses. And he had convinced himself that without his father's guidance he might end his college career all together.

What John-Boy writes in his journal upon hearing that his Daddy will not be home on the weekend from his Norfolk job. The Departure s3/e12

Clam chowder and apple fritters

What John says the family always eat on Wednesday nights The Departure s3/e12

The Lone Ranger

The radio show that Jason and Ben want to lisen on the radio while Mary Ellen and Erin listen to another program The Departure s3/e12

The Fox Radio Theatre

The radio program that Olivia wants to listen with Mary Ellen and Erin, but can't because Mary Ellen has to wash Erin's hair The Departure s3/e12

Tenting tonight, tenting tonight

Grandpa sings the War Between the States song Tenting Tonight on the Old Campgrounds. The Birthday s3/e14

Happy Birthday to You

The family sings Happy Birthday to Grandpa. The Birthday s3/e14

To the Wild Rose

The song that Corabeth plays on the Walton's piano while she stays with them The Matchmakers s3/e16

The smile of a happy woman is better than ten thousand words

The quote that Ike first makes while courting Corabeth at the Versailles restaurant The Matchmakers s3/e16

Two may talk, and one may hear. But, three may not take part in the conversation of the most sincere and searching kind

The second quote that Ike makes while courting Corabeth at the Versailles restaurant The Matchmakers s3/e16

Everything will happen to everybody if there is enough time

The third quote from George Bernard Shaw that Ike makes while courting Corabeth at the Versailles restaurant The Matchmakers s3/e16

Alfred, Lord Tenneson

Poet being studied by John-Boy when Grandpa interrupts him The Caretakers s3/e18

I am dreaming Dear of you, day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue, When they're gray;
When the silv'ry moonlight gleams, Still I wander on in dreams,
In a land of love, it seems, Just with you.
Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you.
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true.
Let me call you "Sweetheart," I'm in love with you.

Song Let Me Call You Sweetheart sung by Ike, Yancy, Zack, Horace, and the Waltons when Bob and Olivia were shivareed The Shivaree s3/e19

Her heart was broken to think of him gone. And she too died soon after to join her loved one. This very day you can stand on the hill where the sound of her singing is echoing still.

Song sung by Jason when he auditions for music lessons from Mrs. Breckenridge The Choice s3/e20

There was a fair maiden lived over the hill in a little log cabin that's standing there still. And each morning she'd rise with the coming of dawn, and all through the valley you could hear her sweet song. In the spring there came courting a farmer's young son. Soon they were married, in name joined as one, but her young man was called to serve his country so he joined in the ranks under Robert E. Lee. The letter that came one cold winter's day told how he'd died as a hero in gray. But her poor heart was broken to think of him gone and she, too, died soon after to join her loved one. And to this very day you can stand on the hill where the sound of her singing is echoing still.

Song sung by Jason, while playing his guitar, in front of his classmates (after a boy asks him to sing the song he wrote about the soldier). The Choice s3/e20

If ever I had to describe my father I would have to start with his hands: What they do. The toil they are engaged in during the day is reflected in them and the skills in which they work has shaped them in a different manner than I'm sure a stonecutter's hands would have been shaped.

Journal entry by John-Boy describing his father The Choice s3/e20

Even as a young woman she was always addressed as Miss Charlotte. And it was not as much out of respect but rather from a sense of her obvious destiny. Her friends whispered how unfortunate it was that Miss Charlotte had been born to be a spinster. Miss Charlotte had no such image of herself. She dreamt of a suitor who would love her and with whom she would love in return.

Although it was totally imaginary, she could see his face clearly. She knew the curve of his lips, the slant of his nose, each wave of his corn-colored hair. He had been more fantasy than flesh from the very beginning. And as the years past the unreal became real.

Miss Charlotte Ransom's family was and old and respected one in the town. Even as a young woman she was known and addressed as Miss Charlotte. And it was not as much out of respect but rather from a sense of her obvious destiny. Her friends whispered how unfortunate it was that Miss Charlotte had been born as a spinster. She walked from quiet room to quiet room and the only sounds that came to her was the ticking of clocks and the beating of her own heart, and the realization that she would be alone—loveless—for the rest of her life crowded into her mind. She felt the rise of panic. She stood trembling at the window that overlooked the…(pause)…. She stood trembling at the window that overlooked a maple tree, and there came to her a memory of a day when she had met someone there. He was a young university student, handsome and debonair. And he and Miss Charlotte had loved one another from the moment they first met. As she stood then at the window, in memory, she once again was the young woman she had once been, while he kissed her amidst the swirling, gold autumn leaves. Cruel fate was to stand between their union, but she knew that wherever he traveled he cherished his memory of her as she cherished him. And some day in the future they would be together again.

Short story (in three parts) never submitted to Appalachian Journal by John-Boy describing Miss Emily's relationship with Ashley Longworth The Statute s3/e21

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams, Of the beautiful Annebel Lee

Exerpt of Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee recited by Grandpa after winning a statute based on the poem The Statue s3/e21

When I saw you on the corner,
I just had to say,
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?
I've never had nobody,
that could make me feel this way,
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?

I never felt before the way I feel right now,
What's more I have to make my feelings clear,
And tell you that I love you dear.
I never knew somebody who could make me feel like you do
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?

I never felt before the way I feel right now,
What's more I have to make my feelings clear,
And tell you that I love you dear.
You know I've loved you from the start,
the shiny arrow went through my heart
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?
Ohhh, Ohhh, will you be mine?

Song Will You Be Mine? written and composed by Jon Walmsley ('Jason') The Song s3/e22

Who's that little chatterbox?
The one with pretty auburn locks?
Cute little she
It's Little Orphan Annie

Exercpt from Little Orphan Annie that is recited by Ben after arguing with Elizabeth about the correct words The Song s3/e22

Summer Days and Other Stories

Book written by Madeline Bennett, poet that guest-lectured at Boatwright College

Woman that John-Boy had a brief relationship with during her visit
The Woman s3/e23

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends, It gives a lovely light!

Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay that poet Madeline Bennett quoted during her class visit to Prof. Parks class

Woman that John-Boy had a brief relationship with during her visit
The Woman s3/e23

Your touch has words that speak to me. Its syllables speak to me. and They say that beneath this tree, we were meant to meet.

The first two sentences were created by Madeline Bennett, and the last two sentences by John-Boy The Woman s3/e23

When people asked Ned Stratten if he was glad to be home again he always smiled broadly and answered, 'You betcha!' Then, the one who questioned him would nod as if he had gotten the answer he expected and go away happy. But the minute Ned was alone again he stopped grinning for it wasn't true. Will all his heart he longed to be back at sea. The sea was his home now. He was a stranger in this town that he had grown up, married, ….

The beginning of the story The Sailor that John-Boy has written, and reads to Prof. Parks class while poet Madeline Bennett is visiting The Woman s3/e23

These rings are circles with no ends. They have not, and will not tarnish because they are of a precious metal signifying your love that is precious and untarnishable. John, do you continue to keep Olivia your lawfully wedded wife, to continue to love her, to comfort her, to keep her in sickness and in health, forsaking all others as long as you both shall live. Olivia, do you continue to…

The words said by Reverand Fordwick when John and Olivia re-take their marriage vows at their 20th year anniversary The Woman s3/e23

The patrolman erupted in a volcanic fury

The words written by John-Boy when he took his test for the job of stringer at the newspaper. The publisher thought the words "The patrolman got mad." is more approprite. The Venture s3/e24

Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.

Some of the lyrics to the song Buffalo Gals that Jason plays as he and John-Boy drives home; also sung by Stanley and Rose as she takes clothes off the line The Sermon and The Gold Watch s4/e1 and s9/e12

Dust Thou Art, and Unto Dust Shalt Thou Return.
And God saw that the wickedness of Man
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord

The four Biblical passages that Grandma quotes to John-Boy to help him to prepare for his sermon (Genesis 3:19, Genesis 6:5, Genesis 6:7, Romans 12:17) The Sermon s4/e1

My favorite person is parts of a lot of people. If you put them together, they'd be swell. Orville and Wilbur Wright: on account of the airplane. Grandpa: the way he laughs and makes you laugh. John-Boy is a good big brother when he doesn't treat me like a little brother. Momma's pretty and nice, mostly when she's just being a momma. And Daddy, who you can go to and he always gives an answer.

The school essay Jim Bob writes about his favorite person The Sermon s4/e1

Beautiful dreamer,
Wake unto me
Starlight and dewdrops
Are awaiting thee.

Some of the lyrics to the song Beautiful Dreamer that Jason plays while the family picnic on the Mountain The Sermon s4/e1

Faith of our fathers living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
When e're we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Some of the lyrics to the song Faith of Our Fathers that the church congregation sings as John-Boy prepares to give his first sermon The Sermon s4/e1

Today is Sunday, and once again we are privileged to come together in the warmth and fellowship of the house of our Lord. I think this morning all of our thoughts are with our Reverend Fordwick and his bride Rosemary as they start their new life together. And I'm sure our prayers are with them also that their life can be a happy one.
What does a young man know? And, how does a young man learn? I don't have to remind you all that I'm not a minister. And to many of you, what I have to say this morning will not sound like a real sermon. But Rev. Fordwick asked me to be here in his absence and to speak to you and I am going to try. While I was preparing to speak to you this week I learned things I did not know before. And I was reminded of some things that I had forgotten or I at least misplaced for a time. I would like to share these things with you. I learned some of the many different ways that people have of worshipping their God. And I think I learned that everybody in his own way has a different way. Now I don't know the Bible as well as most of you and I'm sure that all of you in here can quote me with chapter and verse to prove your belief, which I might not be able to do. But, I know that if we really looked into it we would find out each of your beliefs, like people are different from everybody else.
Now, I'm a college man and I tend to read a lot and to look for books that the answers are going to be found in books. So I went to the college and I checked out a lot of big, heavy books. I looked through them and I found a lot of answers. I didn't find "the" answer. I also found an answer in an afternoon walk with my Grandfather. For he told me that God is everywhere and all we have to do is just to acknowledge and to listen. I spoke with my Grandmother who knows her gospel. And she knows the right of it and she knows the wrong of it in her own special way. She is a fine woman. I didn't have much of a change to talk with my mother because she was busy herself and she had things of her own to do. But, I watched her and I found out that the Lord guides her in her footsteps in ways that are unique to her. And that makes her different from everybody. Whether it's the way she tends a sick baby or the way she tends class at school.
This week I looked over the shoulder of my younger brother and I saw these words that he wrote about our father, "You can always go to him and ask and get an answer". Now you all know our father, John Walton. You don't necessarily know him from seeing him in church every Sunday morning. But let me tell you that what Jim Bob said is right. You can always go to him and get an answer. He's always there for us. The special way of being with his family and giving them his answers, he also has a special way of being with his God and getting answers from his god.
We are blessed by our families and by our loving friends that help us and give us support. And we can be examples to each other and nourish each other, and help each other, in spite of our differences and many times because of them. Just as my earthly father is always with his family, so our Father in heaven is always with his family, which embraces all of mankind. And it seems to me that I've learned this week that our God must be very great indeed to encompass so many different kinds of feelings and so many different kinds of people in his everlasting love.

John-Boy's sermon that he gives when he substitutes for Rev. Fordwick while he and Rosemary are on their honeymoon The Sermon s4/e1

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

Some of the lyrics to the song Amazing Grave that the church congregation sings after John-Boy gives his his first sermon, hymnal number 335 The Sermon s4/e1

Joan of Arc

The play that Erin (title role) acts in during the church bazaar for the Clayton family; Lyle Thomason plays Captain Baudricourt (instead of Jason) The Genius s4/e2

Ole Shep he has gone where the good doggies go
and no more with Ole Shep will I roam
And if dogs have a heaven there is one thing I know
Ole Shep has a wonderful home.

The song Ole Shep that Grandpa sings while he and John-Boy look at Reckless sleep in front of the saw mill The Fighter s4/e3

And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Chapter 27/Verse 19-20 that Olivia quotes when asked by John-Boy about James Trevis Clark and his dream to preach The Fighter s4/e3

Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?
Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

The song sung by the new Walton's Mountain Church as James Trevis Clark approach the church along with the Waltons The Fighter s4/e3

Tattoo Blues

The song played by Jason that he created from watching James Trevis Clark's footwork while exercising for his fist fight The Fighter s4/e3

Beware of all new enterprises requiring new clothes.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Two Henry David Thoreau quotes that John-Boy says when John and Zack Roswell talk about their class reunion The Prophecy s4/e4

Wedding bells will ring so merrily,
Ev'ry tear will be a memory.
So wait and pray each night for me,
Till we meet again.
Tho' goodbye means the birth of a tear drop,
Hello means the birth of a smile.
And the smile will erase the tear blighting trace,
When we meet in the after awhile.

The song Till We Meet Again sung by member's of John's high school class during 25th class reunion The Prophecy s4/e4

How can I become a great writer if I don't even know how to spell. Xenophobia. It took me quite awhile to find the word in the dictionary since I never expected it to start with an “x”. It's also taking me awhile to get used to the fact that Grandma has a low opinion of a man I respect very much. And Grandpa seems reluctant for Mr. Sims to explore the Baldwin history. I believe like Porter Sims that we must explore deeply into life and write honestly of what is discovered.

John-Boy writes this entry into his journal about Porter Sims The Boondoggle s4/e5

In the Battle of Rockfish Creek during the War Between the States a gallant, young confederate officer, Captain Matthew Baldwin, later a distinguished Virginia judge, performed a most heroic and selfish deed that nearly brought him disgrace. Recuperating at home from his own serious battle wounds, Captain Baldwin made his way to the nearby battlefield to help the wounded. He brought them back to his house, both confederate and union forces. Having been seen helping union soldiers the Captain was charged with treason. However, many of the survivors from both the confederate and union wrote letters thanking him for what he had done. These letters were to have been used as evidence on his behalf, but the war ended. The trial, which would have undoubtedly exonerated him, was never held. Perhaps Captain Baldwin's humanistic efforts symbolized the deeper wounds the nation had suffered. His stately home and proud daughters hold honored positions in the community.

Passage written by Porter Sims about Balwin sisters's papa, to be included in Virginia Guidebook The Boondoggle s4/e5

In the distance flowing over the pine trees from the swamp came the many-voiced choir of frogs. Once only came the saddest sound in the world, the single unanswered voice of the whippoorwill, but there was no one to hear it, for everyone in the house was asleep.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Breakdown s4/e6

I have never encountered a woman like Bobby Strom before. From the first moment I saw her I found her tantalizing and romantic, even chilling. But what Bobby has told me abut herself has made me think about my own feelings for her. And I now realize that they may not have been of the most noble type. I feel embarrassed and guilty when I think about how I might have treated her. From here on I want to put these feelings behind me, and be her friend and truly help her.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Wing-walker s4/e7

Much is going on here. Mary Ellen and Erin are in love with the same young man. Both girls are behaving irrationally which I suppose goes with being in love at such a tender age. But I hope this can be resolved without either of them being hurt. I'm also concerned about Momma and suppose she may be having another baby.

John-Boy writes in his journal s4/e8 The Competition s4/e8

I'm looking over a four-leaf clover That I overlooked before. One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, Third is the roses that grow in the lane. No need explaining, the one remaining Is somebody I adore. I'm looking over a four-leaf clover That I overlooked before .

Jim Bob and Samuel Miller sing I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover on the way home from buying Samuel glasses in Charlottesville s4/e9 The Emergence s4/e9

...happily I have not suffered the loss of a loved one first hand. Seth Turner's death deeply affected me but at least Seth lived to the fullest of those days he had remaining and he left a recorder to Jason as a memento of his life. But Bob Hill seems to have bequeathed little except memories of kite flying and a widow who cannot seem to come to terms with a bewildering number of emotions struggling for order in her mind.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Loss s4/e10

Olivia's presence has caused me to make a monstrous discovery about myself. There is a part of me that stands aside from the experience and coldly and dispassionately observes. I suppose it is the writer in me. Somehow the discovery is both delightful and terrifying.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Loss s4/e10

I look forward to seeing A.J. Covington again. I guess he's found the big story he was always looking for. My feeling, of course, always was that A.J. himself was the big story. Perhaps he's made that discovery for himself. Alot of people have influenced my writing, but it was A.J. Covington who first taught me to write about what is memorable and significant in the lives of ordinary people.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Abdication s4/e11

Charlie McCarthy and Edgara Bergen

The family listen to the radio show while Vera and Floyd sit at the supper table s4/e12 The Abdication s4/e11

There is a lot of activity around here today. Daddy and I are talking some supplies up to the Basham's. Miss Nora is making her rounds up in the hills, so Mary Ellen is alone up there taking care of Mrs. Basham. I will stay up here and help in whatever way I can.

John-Boy writes in his journal The Nurse s4/e13

A son is a son until he takes a wife. A daughter is a daughter for the rest of her life.

Olivia tells John the old saying when he is concerned about Mary Ellen leaving for nursing school The Nurse s4/e13

Thank you o' Lord for thy care and for watching over us and guiding us so we can all be together again. And thank you for the blessing of this table. Amen.

The prayer that Grandma says at the supper table after Olivia, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth are reunited with the family after being lost in the forest The Search s4/e15

We thank you for the food on the table and for making today special in many ways. Mrs. Fordwick didn't call on me on spelling for once. Saw an airplane after school, I think it was a De Havaline biplane, but it might have been just an old Gennie

The prayer that Jim Bob says at the supper table after he finds out that his twin brother died at birth The Secret s4/e16


Jim Bob listens to Gangbusters on the radio, but will miss it because the vacuum tube is burned out The Fox s4/e17

Amos 'n Andy

  • Jason tells his mother that the show will soon be on the radio s1/e19
  • Grandpa doesn't like the idea of missing Amos 'n Andy when the radio's vacuum tube burns out s4/e17
The Gypsies s1/e19

It sure is frustrating to have these people right in the front yard and not learn a thing about them. What I would like to do is to go down there and sit around the campfire with them

  • John-Boy ponders about the gypsies camped in the front yard
The Gypsies s1/e19

Adventure magazine

John-Boy writes for Adventure magazine, but has never had an article published The Fox s4/e17

It's useless. I've tried and tried to rewrite the first page of my novel; the first paragraph, the first sentence. It always comes out the same: flat, empty. I feel as if there was a band of steel twisted, tied inside, of me shutting off the flow of words and feelings. Maybe that steel band is my guilt about the fire, me being the cause. Somehow, I have to find an answer to that feeling, somehow….

John-Boy is unable to write because of the house fire. He thinks these thoughts The Burnout s4/e18

The dull and heat laden days of August, the endless leaden dog days vanished in a rain storm, and September dawned bright and sparkling and sunny. The foliage became to turn lemon yellow, watermelon red, russet, and gold and bronze, the woods were afire with color but clean and chilled by an autumn wind. And the fever which had been in the boy's brain was swept away by the cleansing wind and every day laid before him with such beckoning and promise of adventure that his heart would nearly explode with the wonder of it all.

John-Boy recovers from being unable to write, and begins to rewrite his novel after it is destroyed in the house fire The Burnout s4/e18

Fragility, thy name is woman.

Grandpa quotes this saying after Zuleika Dunbar begins to listen to another man's stories The Burnout s4/e18

What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman's mind?

Rev. Fordwick quotes this saying from Don Quixote after Jim Bob returns the ribbons he stole from his girl classmates, and they shove more ribbons into his pockets and books The Burnout s4/e18

I like Blue Ridge Bluing and use it in my wash every Monday. I'm glad that Monday follows Sunday because cleanliness is next to godliness.

One of the sayings that Grandpa wrote that she did not submit to the contest on The Poetry Pantry about why she likes Blue Ridge Bluing The Quilting s4/e21

I like Blue Ridge Bluing because it does what it is suppose to do, and not many things to that these days.

The sayings that Grandpa wrote that she submitted to the contest on The Poetry Pantry and won $25 The Quilting s4/e21

De Camptown ladies sing this song, Doo-da, Doo-da De Camptown racetrack's two miles long Oh, de doo-da day. Chorus: G'wine to run all night G'wine to run all day I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag Somebody bet on the gray.

Grandpa sings the song Camptown Ladies The Quilting s4/e21

Voices hum, crooning over Moonlight Bay, Banjos strum, tuning while the moon beams play. All alone, unknown they find me, memories like these remind me Of the girl I left behind me, down on Moonlight bay. Chorus: We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay, We could hear the voices ringing, they seemed to say "You have stolen her heart, now don't go 'way!" As we sang Love's Old Sweet Song, on Moonlight Bay.

While playing pool and drinking at Ike's store they sing Moonlight Bay The Quilting s4/e21

VERSE 1 In th skies, th bright stars glitter On th bank, th pale moon shone An' t'was from Aunt Dinhas quilting party I was see-ing Nellie home VERSE 2 I was see-ing Nellie home I was see-ing Nellie home An' t'was from Aunt Dinhas quilting party I was see-ing Nellie home

The pool-playing men return to Walton house and join the quilting women in singing Seeing Nelly Home (The Quilting Party) The Quilting s4/e21

It is amazing how quickly a town can grow right under the feet of its residents. The symbols of the past are swept away by a sometimes reckless and irresponsible future. But we must be ever mindful that what is important to our lives is never swept away uncritically in the name of progress. Our roots, for good or ill, are firmly planted in the past. Without them, like a poplar tree torn up by a winter storm we would fall and lay without proper orientation to the Sun we will molder and decay. A controversy that has split the town in two must soon be resolved as we decide the fate of the old Whitley house on the corner of Jefferson and Elm. After a thorough investigation of the facts in hand there is not enough money in the community at this time to restore the building and in its present condition it presents a hazard to our children. Given this situation there seems no alternative to the removal of the old home. However, those who have awakened us by protesting long and hard over the destruction of this historic old house should take nurture in the fact that the wood that has graced its rooms for so long might someday be a mantle in their own home, or perhaps in the house down the street, or it may become part of a kneeling rail in the Episcopal Church, or the tables of the library. In that way the Whitley house could always continue as a part of us in a way that the shabby old building on Jefferson and Elm never could.

The first editorial that John-Boy writes for the newspaper, which involves Grandma trying to save the house, while Grandpa trying to demolish it The House s4/e22

Carry me back to old Virginia, There's where the cotton and the corn and taters grow, There's where the birds warble sweet in the springtime, There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go, There's where I labored so hard for old massa, Day after day in the field of yellow corn, No place on earth do I love more sincerely Than old Virginia, the state where I was born.
CHORUS: Carry me back to old Virginia, There's where the cotton and the corn and taters grow, There's where the birds warble sweet in the springtime, There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go.

The first song that Jason and Hollis play at the music recital from the Kleinberg Conservatory of Music, and Jason plays it again at home after the concert The House s4/e22

I wish I was a apple hangin' in a tree And everytime my sweetheart passed She'd take a bite of me
Get along home, home, Cindy Get along home, home, Cindy Get along home, home, Cindy I'll marry you sometime

The second song that Jason and Hollis play at the music recital from the Kleinberg Conservatory of Music The House s4/e22

We all grow old and die, but what is important is to find someone to love and someone who will love you back. Always pay your debts, son; don't take unfair advantage of any man, and don't let any man take unfair advantage of you. Find yourself a good woman, and remember, you're my son.

What John tells John-Boy when his eldest son moves out of the house so he can be closer to his job and school in Westham The Fledgling s4/e23

After Thanksgiving the winter turned severe. Snow fell all through Christmas and New Year blotting out the horizon. Inside the house the family felt isolated as if on a small, snug island of warmth and light. The younger children grew restless and could not wait for the storm to end. For they knew...

John-Boy writes in his journal while sitting in his new room at Mrs. Butterworth's Boarding House in Westham The Fledgling s4/e23

One Hundred Men and a Girl

The movie playing at The Colonial movie theatre in Westham--Ike and Corabeth go there The Fledgling s4/e23

So, from her point of view I'm a coward. I don't have to accept her definition. I'm a fool to be touched by it for one minute. Who is Selena Linville to tell me what I am and what I should be: philosopher, saint, an understanding and caring friend? None of the above. She's spoiled, selfish, limited. And it is ridiculous to waste one second caring what she thinks of me .... I care.

John-Boy writes in his journal after looking up the word "courage" and "recklessness" The Collision s4/e24

The search for the truth by which the good man never gets harmed

The quote by Maracus Aurelius that John-Boy places on the masthead of his newspaper The First Edition s5/e1

Roll Out the Barrel
My Darlin' Clementine
Ironing Board Blues

The songs that Jason plays and sings during his first few nights at the Dew Drop Inn as its piano player; The songs Hoe-Down and Ironing Board Blues were composed by Jon Walmsley The Comeback s5/e3

Nobody's Darlin' But Mine

The song that Red Turner (Merle Haggard) plays and sings at the Dew Drop Inn The Comeback s5/e3

Beautiful Dreamer

The song that Red Turner and Jason practice in the Walton living room The Comeback s5/e3

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

The song that the choir sing at the beginning of the Baptist Church revival The Baptism s5/e4

Shall We Gather at the River?

The song the congregation sings during the Baptist Church revival's baptism The Baptism s5/e4

Captains Courageous

The movie that John-Boy, Erin, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth saw The Firestorm s5/e5

Hitler: A Fanatic's Rise to Power

The title of John-Boy's article in the Blue Ridge Chronicle publicizing Hitler's "Mein Kamph" The Firestorm s5/e5

Faith of Our Fathers

The song the community sings at the end of the get-together, after Zuleika Dunbar's swimsuit pageant The Firestorm s5/e5

In the beginning God created heaven and earth, and the earth was without form. And void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God spoke, "Let there be light.

The Bible passage that Mrs. Brimmer reads, both in German and English, at the symbolic book-burning ceremony given by Rev. Fordwick s5/e5 The Firestorm s5/e5

Into the peaceful, unchanging pattern of the days, the presence of the stranger moved like a cloud casting a shadow of fear across the village. The people drew away from each other, and not knowing when or from where the menace might appear, they….

John-Boy writes this excerpt from a short story based on the mysterious stranger lurking about the Mountain s5/e6 The Nightwalker s5/e6

I’ll go home and get my panties, You go home and get your scanties, And away we’ll go; Mm! Off we’re gonna shuffle, Shuffle off to Buffalo.

The song Shuffle off to Buffalo that the band 'Jason Walton and the Rhythm Kings' practice in the Walton barn for the dance s5/e6 The Nightwalker s5/e6

Oh! the lady in red, the fellows are crazy For the lady in red.

The song The Lady in Red that Grandpa sings when he hears that Erin might wear a red sash on her dress she wears at Saturday's dance s5/e6 The Nightwalker s5/e6

When shadows fall and trees whisper day is ending,
My thoughts are ever wending Home.
When crickets call, my heart is forever yearning,
Once more to be returning Home.
When the hills conceal the setting sun,
Stars begin a peeping one by one.
Night covers all and, though fortune my forsake me,
Sweet dreams will ever take me Home.

The song Home that Ted Lapinsky and Jason sing. Lyrics and Music by VanStreeden, Clarkson, Clarkson Recorded by Ruth Etting on Dec. 11, 1931. The Unthinkable s8/e14

I've traveled this country all over,
And now to the next I will go,
I know that good quarters await me,
To welcome Old Rosin the Beau.
To welcome Old Rosin the Beau,
To welcome Old Rosin the Beau,
I know that good quarters await me,
To welcome Old Rosin the Beau.

When I'm dead and laid out on the counter
A voice you will hear from below
Saying "Send down a hogshead of whiskey
To drink to Old Rosin the Beau."
To drink to Old Rosin the Beau
To drink to Old Rosin the Beau
Saying "Send down a hogshead of whiskey
To drink to Old Rosin the Beau."

The song Old Rosin the Beau that Zadock Walton requests to be played by Jason on the old fiddle that he gave to the family The Remembrance s8/e17

Elizabeth: John-Boy, were you nervous on television?
John-Boy: Not once I got started.
Elizabeth: Maybe you'll have your own television show one day?
John-Boy: Um, I'd like that, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: What would you call it?
John-Boy: I don't know, since I write best about this family, I guess I'd call it The Waltons. Goodnight Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: Goodnight John-Boy.

The conversation Elizabeth and John-Boy have after he appears on experimental television at Boatwright University The Threshold s9/e16


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