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Thread #6645   Message #1016393
Posted By: Roberto
10-Sep-03 - 02:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: I Bid You Goodnight
Subject: RE: I Bid You Goodnight
From the booklet of Bahamas 1935, Chanteys and Anthems from Andros and Cat Island, Deep River of Song, The Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder 11661-1822-2:

Sung by a group of men from Andros Island. Recorded at Elisha Porter's house, Grantsdown, Nassau, Bahamas in August, 1935.

A well known anthem wake song in the Bahamas, traditionally sung at the end of a wake. An earlier form of the same song, the Sankey hymn "Sleep On Beloved", is known as a funeral song among North Yorkshire fishermen. The unusual version here is sung without the familiar verses but rendered with amazing excitement. "Very emotional", noted Alan Lomax years after this was recorded. Listeners may be familiar with a more relaxed and complete version of "I Bid You Goodnight" by the Pinder family (The Real Bahamas, Volumes 1 and 2, Nonesuch 79300 and The Spring of Sixty-Five, Rounder 2114).

(Except for occasional words, the rhyming verses of the lead singer cannot be interpreted).

(Last verse)
Last Sat'day night and the night before
Now I had a dream that my mother she been dyin'
Listen me children, Jesus love you best,
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight