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St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread

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Subject: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 03:09 PM

      This is an edited PermaThread® for posting the spirituals collected by Nicholas George Julius Ballanta-(Taylor) on Saint Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina.
      This thread will be edited by Q. Feel free to post to this thread, but remember that all messages posted here are subject to editing or deletion.
      -Joe Offer-

Saint Helena Island Spirituals
Recorded and Transcribed at Penn Normal Industrial and Agricultural School.

This edited permathread contains the spirituals collected by Nicholas George Julius Ballanta-(Taylor) on Saint Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina.

Mr. Ballanta-(Taylor), African of Sierra Leone, had taught himself music from Sir John Stainer's book on harmony. He tendered a composition in 1922 to the editor of Musical Courier, and was sent to Walter Damrosch, the conductor, who in turn sent him to his brother at the Institure of Musical Art.
The spirituals are the result of Ballanta's residence at the Penn School and collections from the Black residents on the Island.
He received a diploma in 1924 from the Institute of Musical Art, and the spirituals were printed for use at the Penn School. A few copies were sold to the public by G. Schirmer, New York.
The book was copyright in 1925 by Penn Normal, Industrial and Agricultural School.
Mr. Ballanta received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Durham University, and returned to Africa to do research in Sierra Leone and neighboring countries.
Taylor was a Christian name bestowed on Mr. Ballanta's grandfather by missionaries.

The lyrics of the spirituals are in the dialect of the Saint Helena Island inhabitants, as it was in the 1920s.
Differences in punctuation, spelling or grammar in the texts not edited.

Spirituals noted as "Unique to Saint Helena Island" have not been found in other collections; they may have been noted in MS. or not collected from other South Carolina Low Country localities.

All spirituals with musical score.

INDEX

All I Do the Church Keep-a Grumblin'
All My Sins Done Taken Away
All Obuh Dis World
At de Jedgment Bar
Aye Lawd Don't Leabe Me
Bear Yo' Burden
Bin a Listenin'
Blow Yo' Gospel Trumpet
Come, Come, Come and Go wid Me
Comin' Here Tonight
Cyan' Hide Sinner Cyan' Hide
Daniel in de Lion's Den
De Angel in Heben Gwine to Write Muh Name
De Angel Roll de Stone Away
De Angels Are Watchin' obuh Me
Death Is Goin' to Lay His Cold Icy Han' on Me
De Blood Done Sign My Name
De Ole Ship Marie
De Po' Heathens Are Dyin'
Dere Is Rest Fo' de Weary Trabbler
De Sea Gwine Deliver Up de Dry Bones
Do Don't Touch My Garment
Don't Get Weary
Don't Let de Wind Blow Here No More
Don't Yo' Hab Eberybody fo' Yo' Fr'en
Don't yo' Hear de Lam's a Cryin'
Dust an' Ashes
Eagle's Wings
Eb'rybody Wants to Know Jis How I Die
Ebery Time I Feels de Spirit
Ennyhow Muh Lawd
Fix Me Jedus
Give Me Jedus
Glory Glory Hallelujah
Good News
Go Round, Go Round
Go Tell It on de Mountain
Handwritin' on de Wall
Heben Goin' to Be Muh Home
Heben Is a Beautiful Place
Hold Out
Holy, Holy, Yo' Promise to Answer Prayer
How Can I Pray
How Long de Train Been Gone
How Yo' Do Believer, How Yo' Do Today
I Ain't Gwine Grief Muh Lawd No Mo'
I Am Bound fo' de Promised Lan'
O Am Goin' obuh Dere
I Am Huntin' fo' a City
I Am Not Afraid to Die
I Got a Letter dis Mornin'
I Got a Mother in de Bright Shinin' World
I Hab a Leader obuh Dere
I Lub Muh Blessed Saviour
I'm a Runnun' fo' Muh Life
I'm a Trabblin' to de Land
I'm Goin' Down to de Ribbuh ob Jerden

To be continued.


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 05:38 PM

INDEX (con't.)

I'm Goin' to See Muh Lovin' Father When I Git Home
I'm Goin' to Wait Till de Holy Ghost Come
I Wants to Climb Up Jacob's Ladder
I Want to Die Easy When I Die
Jedus Blood Done Make Me Whole
Jedus Done Just What He Said
John Saw de Number No Man Could Number
King Jedus Is My Only Fr'en'
Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees
Look-a How They Done Muh Lawd
Look What a Wonder Jedus Done
Mary Had a Baby, Aye Lawd
Mary Had a Baby (No. 2)
Mary Had a Baby (No. 3)
Mary Had a Leetle Baby
Moses Smote de Water
My Head Wet wid de Midnight Dew
My Time Is Come
Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen
No Mo' My Dear Brudder
Oh Let Me Shine, Shine Like de Mornin' Star
Oh Nebbuh Me One
Oh Sister Git Yo' Ticket Right
Oh Wrastlin' Jacob (See Wrastlin' Jacob No. 1, No. 2)
O Lord Dese Bones of Mine Comin' Together in the Mornin'
O Ride On Jedus
O Watch de Stars
Pray Is de Key to de Kingdom
Rise Up, Shepherd an' Foller
Roll Him Out Again
Roll Jerdon Roll
Room Enough in de Hebben
Same Train
Save Me Jedus, Save Me Now
Save Me Now Save Me
Someimes Muh Trubble Mek Me Tremble
Some Will Lub Yo' and Some Will Hate Yo'
Sweet Watuh Rollin'
Too Late
To See Gawd's Bleedin' Lam'
T'ree Long Nights and T'ree Long Days
Walk in Jerusalem Jis Like John
Way Bye and Bye
Wheel in a Wheel
When de Train Comes Along
When I Am Gone, Gone, Gone
When I Git to Heben in Muh Elbow Chair
Who Lock de Lion's Jaw
Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 1)
Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 2)
Yo' Better Run, Run, Run
Yo' Better Run to the City of Refuge
Yo' Cyan' Find a New Hidin' Place
Yo' Go I Go wid Yo'
Yo' Must Hab dat True Religion
Yo' Publican, Yo' Pharisee


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Subject: All I Do de Church Keep-a Grumblin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 05:40 PM

85. All I Do de Church Keep-a Grumblin'

1 All I do de church keep a grumblin' all I do,
All I do de church keep a grumblin' all I do,
I do, I do, all I do.

2 All I do muh mother keep a grumblin' (or can't satify.)
All I do.

For other verses, use the words "Father," "Brother," "Sister," "Deacon," "Pastor," etc.

Also in Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals .... and J. W. Johnson, The Second Book of Negro Spirituals.


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Subject: All My Sins Done Taken Away
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:15 PM

8. All My Sins Done Taken Away

Chorus-
O all muh sins done taken away
All muh sins done taken away
All muh sins done taken away
All glory praise his name
All muh sins done taken away done taken away.-

1
O Jedus rides dat milk white hawss
O Jedus rides dat milk white hawss
O Jedus rides dat milk white hawss
All glory praise his name
All muh sins done taken away done taken away.

2
Ole Satan rides dat iron grey

3
O Mary weep and Martha mourn

4
O Paul and Silas bound in chain

5
O one did sing while de odduh pray.

The verses are sung to the same melody as the chorus.
The first line of each verse is repeated twice and each verse is concluded as the first verse is.
The chorus may or not be sung after every verse; this is left to the discretion of the leader. It is, however, always sung after the last verse.

Variants in Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals and E. A. McIlhenny, Befo' de War Spirituals.


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Subject: All Obuh dis World
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 08:26 PM

62. All Obuh dis World

Chorus-
All obuh dis world,
All obuh dis world,
All obuh dis world,
All obuh dis world.

1
Pray meetin' time will soon be obuh,
Pray meetin' time will soon be obuh,
Pray meetin' time will soon be obuh
all obuh dis world.
2
Gamblin' time will soon be obuh
All obuh dis world.
3
Lyin' time will soon be obuh
All obuh dis world.

Variants in E. A. McIlhenny, Befo' de War Spirituals;
F. J. Work, Folk Songs of the American Negro.


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Subject: At de Jedgment Bar
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 09:23 PM

64. At the Jedgment Bar

Only one line of the music of this chorus and solo song is printed (p. 51, no. 64), the rest omitted.
Chorus
At de jedgment bar
Solo
(omitted)

Several "Little Black Train" spirituals mention the Judgement Bar. These are posted in "The Little Black Train" thread 31582.
"That Little Black Train Is A Comin'," version in M. A. Grissom, The Negro Sings a New Heaven:
Part verse:
That little black train and engine
An' a little baggage car,
With idle thoughts and wicked deeds,
Must stop at the judgement bar.
(thread 31582 for complete song)

"The Little Black Train" in Dorothy Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Folksongs:
Similar verse to one collected by Grissom, above.

"The Little Black Train" in Lomax, Our Singing Country;
There's a little black train and engine,
And one small baggage car;
You won't need to have much baggage
To come to the judgement bar.

Kurt Weill used "Little Black Train", with the line 'You rich old fool, at the judgement bar', in his folk opera "Down in the Valley."

Joe Armstrong and group, St. Simon's Island, sang a song "Blow Gabriel (Judgement Bar)" recorded on a Georgia Sea Island Singers recording.

The last may be similar to the missing spiritual, but I don't have the recording.

From the poetry of James Weldon Johnson:
"The Judgement Day"
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, 1927.

"And the living and the dead in the twinkling of an eye
Are caught up in the middle of the air,
Before God's judgement bar."


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Subject: Aye Lawd Don't Leabe Me
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 09:35 PM

11. Aye Lawd Don't Leabe Me

Chorus-
Cryin' aye Lawd don't leabe me
cryin' aye Lawd don't leabe me
cryin' aye Lawd don't leabe me
but guide me on muh way.

Solo
1
When I wuz a sinner-
I lub muh distance well
but when I come to find muh self
I wuz hangin' obuh hell.
D. C. Chorus

2
I went down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
and step on de sea ob glass
Ole Satan t'aw't dat I fell in
but I got to heben at las'.
3
De train at de station
blowin' for rich and poor
Dem dat hab dere tickets reddy
will jump on de train and go.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Bear Yo' Burden
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:13 PM

14. Bear Yo' Burden

Chorus
Bear yo' burden
bear yo' burden
bear yo' burden
bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day.

1
Solo
Hypocrite, hypocrite God despise
Chorus
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day
Solo
Tongue so keen and he'll tell lies
Chorus
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day.
2
One ob dese days about twelve o'clock
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day
Dis ole wor'l's goin' to reel and rock
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day.
3
One ob dese mornin' bright and fair
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day
Goin' to take muh flight in de middle ob de air
Bear yo' burden in de heat ob de day.

Bear de Burden, variant in C. C. White, Forty Negro Spirituals.....
Verse about Elijah.


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Subject: Bin a Listenin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:50 PM

Bin a Listenin'

1
I have bin a listenin' all de night long
have bin a listenin' all day
I have bin a listenin' all de night long-
to hear some sinner pray.
2
Some say gie me silber-
Some say gie me gold-
but i say gie me de grace of Gawd
'Tis precious to my soul.
3
Go read de fifth of Matthew-
And read de chapter t'ru-
It is a guide to christians
It will tell you what to do.
4
Some day John de Baptis
Wuz nuttin' but a Jew
But de Holy Bible tells us (teaches me)
Dat John wuz a Preacher too.

One of a few "melodies which have appeared in other collections are inserted here on account of their historical interest in connection with the Islands or because they are frequently sung there."

"I've Been a-List'ning All de Night Long," R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as Sung at Hampton Institute

Variants in several collections.


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 04:05 AM

Where are the tunes? Am I missing something?

Greg, the tunes are in the book. Perhaps volunteers would prepare midis of selected tunes. I could scan some for them, but it would take much time to do them all.


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Subject: Blow Yo' Gospel Trumpet
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 01:42 PM

52. Blow Yo' Gospel Trumpet
Blow yo' gospel trumpet-
blow yo' silbuh horn
When I git to heben
goin' to shout all around God's t'rone.

Leader:
Sister Mary-

Chorus sings additional verses.

This song "is repeated several times; each repeat is started by the leader who gives the clue by singing "Sister Mary," "O Mother," "O Brother," O Leader," etc.


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Subject: Come, Come, Come and Go wid Me
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 01:51 PM

79. Come, Come, Come and Go wid Me

1
Come, come, come and go wid me,
Come, come, come and go wid me
Come, come, come and go wid me
Oh Hallelujah Amen.
2
If yo' are a Christian come and go wid me, etc.
Oh Hallelujah, Amen.
3
If yo' are a warrior come and go wid me, etc.
Oh Hallelujah, Amen.
4
If yo' are a true believer come and go wid me, etc.
Oh Hallelujah, Amen.
5
Christ told the blind man, go to de ribbuh and bade (bathe), etc.
Oh Hallelujah, Amen.
6
Christ told Nicodemus, yo' must be born again, etc.
Oh Hallelujah, Amen.

Variant with 11 verses collected in Charleston area islands; A. T. Smythe et al., The Carolina Low-Country.


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Subject: Comin' Here Tonight
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 02:11 PM

38. Comin' Here Tonight

1
Brudder I nebbuh know I comin' here tonight
Yes my Lawd my Lawd I come
Brudder I nebbuh know I comin' here tonight
Yes my Lawd my Lawd I come.
2
I come to my Father's will--- *Yes my Lawd I come.
3
My Father's will it mus' be done--- Yes my Lawd I come.
4
I come to save dis sinful race--- Yes my Lawd I come.

* my Lawd probably repeated, as in the first verse.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: Cyan' Hide Sinner Cyan' Hide
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 02:18 PM

37. Cyan' Hide Sinner Cyan' Hide

1
Cyan' hide sinner cyan' hide
Cyan' hide sinner cyan' hide
Cyan' hide sinner cyan' hide
Cyan' hide sinner cyan' hide.
2
Cyan' hide liar, cyan' hide, etc.
3
Cyan' hide gambler, cyan' hide, etc.
4
Cyan' hide hypocrite, cyan' hide, etc.


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Subject: Daniel in de Lion's Den
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 02:28 PM

50. Daniel in de Lion's Den

1
Daniel in de lion's den,
Daniel in de lion's den,
Daniel in de lion's den,
Daniel in de lion's den,
Daniel in de lion's den,
Daniel in de lion's den.-
2
Oh de Angel lock de lion's jaws, etc.
3
Oh how-a could Daniel pray, etc.
4
Daniel pray three times a day, etc.

('Lion's den' repeated after third and fourth lines, similar repetition in other verses).


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Subject: De Angel in Heben Gwine to Write Muh Name
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 02:37 PM

41. De Angel in Heben Gwine to Write Muh Name

1
Chorus
O write muh name
O write muh name
O write muh name
de Angel in de heben gwine to write muh name
Solo
Write muh name wid a golden pen
Chorus
De angel in de heben gwine to write muh name.

2
Write muh name when I git home
De angel in de heben gwine to write muh name.
3
Write muh name on de book of life
De angel in de heben gwine to write muh name.


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Subject: De Angel Roll de Stone Away
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 08:16 PM

97. De Angel Roll de Stone Away

1
De angel roll de stone away
De angel roll de stone away
'Twas on that bright and shiny mounin' (mornin')
De angel roll de stone away.
2
De angel roll de stone away
De angel roll de stone away
'Twas on a bright and shiny mornin'
De angel roll de stone away.
3
I saw sister Mary come a runnin'
It was just at de break o' day
And she brought de news from heben
How de angel roll de stone away.
4
Won't yo' tell me where Lazrus lay
Won't yo' tell me where Lazrus lay
'Twas on a bright and shiny mornin'
When de angel roll de stone away.
5
I saw my mother come a runnin'
It was just at de break o' day
And she brought de news from hebben
How de angel roll de stone away.
6
De angel roll de stone away
De angel roll de stone away
'Twas on a bright and shiny mornin'
When de angel roll de stone away.
7
I saw my sister come a-runnin'
It was just at the break o' day
And she brought de news from heben
How de angel roll de stone away.


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Subject: De Angels Are Watchin' obuh Me
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 08:29 PM

21. De Angels Are Watchin' obuh Me

Chorus-
All night, all night
de angels are warchin' obuh me
All night, all night
de angels are watchin' obuh me.-

1
Someday Peter and someday Paul
de Angels are watchin' obuh me-
Ain't but one Gawd made us all
De Angels are watchin' obuh me.-
2
You git dere befo' I do
de Angels are watchin' obuh me-
Tell all my fr'en's I'm coming too
De angels are watchin' obuh me.


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Subject: Death Is Goin' to Lay His Cold Icy Han' on Me
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 09:13 PM

91. Death Is Goin' to Lay His Cold Icy Han' on Me

Chorus-
Death is goin' to lay his cold icy han' on me-
Death is goin' to lay his cold icy han' on me.-

1
One mornin' I wuz walkin' long
I heard a voice and saw no man,
Said go in peace and sin no mo'
yo sins forgiv'n and yo' soul set free. D. C.
2
One o' dese mornin's it won't be long
Yo' look fo' me an' I'll be gone,
One o' dese mornin's 'bout twelve o'clock
Dis ole world's goin' to reel and rock.


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Subject: De Blood Done Sign My Name
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 09:23 PM

78. De Blood Done Sign My Name

1
Oh de blood
Oh de blood
Oh de blood done sign muh name
Oh de blood
Oh de blood
Oh de blood done sign muh name.

Chorus-
Oh de blood
Oh de blood
Oh de blood done sign muh name
t'ank God de blood done sign muh name.

2
In a mornin' In a mornin'
Oh de blood done sign mah name.
In a mornin' In a mornin'
Oh de blood done sign mah name.
3
Got a witness, got a witness
Oh de blood done sign mah name. etc.
4
Why you doubtful, why you doubtful
Oh de blood done sign mah name.
5
How you knows it, how you knows it
Oh de blood done sign mah name.

Variant in Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals.


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Subject: De Ole Ship Marie (Maria)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 09:38 PM

35. De Ole Ship Marie* (Maria)

1
'Tis de ole ship Maria
Don't yo' want to go
'Tis de ole ship Maria
Don't yo' want to go
'Tis de ole ship Maria
Don't yo' want to go
O Lam' of God I come I come.
2
She's comin' hebby loaded, Don't yo' want to go
O Lam' of God I come.
3
She's loaded with bright angels, Don't yo' want to go
O Lam' of God I come.
4
Git oil in yo' vessel, Don't yo' want to go
O Lam' of God I come.
5
She nebbuh lend nor borruh, Don't yo' want to go
O Lam' of God I come.

* Title and Index have 'Marie', First verse has 'Maria'.


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Subject: De Po' Heathens Are Dyin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 10:06 PM

13. De Po' Heathens Are Dyin'

1
De po' heathens are dyin'
de po' heathens are dyin'
de po' heathens are dyin';
dyin'; dyin'; dyin'; dyin'.
2

Oh send dem some teachers,
Oh send dem some teachers,
Oh send dem some teachers,
teachers, teachers, teachers, teachers.
2
Oh send dem some Bibles
Oh send dem some Bibles
Oh send dem some Bibles
Bibles! Bibles! Bibles! Bibles!
3
Oh send dem some preachers
Oh send dem some preachers
Oh send dem some preachers
Preachers, preachers, preachers, preachers.
4
Oh Lawd hab mercy
Oh Lawd hab mercy
Oh Lawd hab mercy
Mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Richie
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 10:37 PM

Great work Q,

Thanks for posting this rare collection. Many of these songs are versions of spirituals that have been published with music. There's no reason to scan the music for these unless the arrangement is significantly different.

As I remember George Pullen Jackson seemed to think Mr. Ballanta-(Taylor)'s arrangements were suspect.

The songs where no standard/earlier versions exsist, can't be learned as they were sung without music. So perhaps a short list of those songs that couls/should be scanned.

Richie


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 04:13 AM

Access to the tunes would certainly be fantastic if someone could do it. I gather the book is not available, is that right|?


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 02:27 PM

Greg- I seem to be the only mudcat with a copy. I will help with scans, but all would be a lot of work.
----------------------------------
Richie- all arrangements of the spirituals are "suspect." An 'authority' such as George Pullen Johnson is 'suspect' for applying that epithet to the work of others, including Mr. Ballanta, with his background in the music of western Africa, and his work in the field on Saint Helena Island.

Spirituals, especially in the islands off the South Carolina and Georgia shores, were handed down by word of mouth or from "ear to ear." As a result there are variations in notes and emphasis among the regions.

There is no way that written notation can reproduce the swing, or the harmonies, of the spirituals as they were sung in the small churches or under the sky. I am not enough of a musician to get into discussions of flatted sevenths, etc. nor do I think such discussion belongs here. Anyone interested in the relation of African to slave to school-mission-taught music will find much in Krehbiel and later authorities.

As frozen in sheet music, the spirituals became 'standardized'.
Much of the early notation, e. g., songs of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, were arranged by musicians trained in the Western traditions; the arrangements reflect that training. Moreover, verses were revised and taught and sometimes added to better suit their tastes and beliefs.


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Subject: Dere Is Rest fo' de Weary Trabbler
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 05:28 PM

32. Dere Is Rest fo' de Weary Trabbler

1
Dere is rest fo' de weary trabbler
Dere is rest fo' de weary trabbler
O dere is rest fo' de weary trabbler
dere is rest, dere is rest fo' me.
2
Dere is rest when I cross obuh Jordan-
Dere is rest fo' me.
3
Dere is rest when de doctor gib me obuh-
Dere is rest fo' me.
4
Dere is rest fo' de Hebrew chillum-
Dere is rest fo' me.

"Note: The subject of each verse (that is the 1st lines given above) is thrice stated followed by the concluding words "There is rest fo' me."


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Subject: De Sea Gwine Deliver Up de Dry Bones
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 05:36 PM

31. De Sea Gwine Deliver Up de Dry Bones

1
De sea gwine deliver up de dry bones
O Lord
De sea gwine deliver up de dry bones
O Lord
2
    Is a dreadful morning
O Lord
    Is a dreadful morning
O Lord
3
When Gabriel blows his trumpet
O Lord
When Gabriel blows his trumpet
O Lord
4
When de grave gwine deliver up de dry bones
O Lord
When de grave gwine deliver up de dry bones
O Lord.


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Subject: Do Don't Touch My Garment
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 05:52 PM

5. Do Don't Touch My Garment

1
Solo
Do don't touch muh garment
Chorus
Good Lawd good Lawd
Solo
Do don't touch muh garment
Chorus
Lawd I'm goin' home.
2
Do don't touch muh slipper shoes
Good Lawd good Lawd
Do don't touch muh slipper shoes
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.
3
Touch me not little Mary
Good Lawd good Lawd
Touch me not little Mary
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.
4
Do don't touch muh starry crown
Good Lawd good Lawd
Do don't touch muh starry crown
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.
5
I have not ascended
Good Lawd good Lawd
I have not ascended
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.
6
To yo' Gawd and muh Gawd
Good Lawd good Lawd
To yo' Gawd and muh Gawd
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.
7
Good Lawd good Lawd
Good Lawd good Lawd
Good Lawd good Lawd
Good Lawd I'm goin' home.

1st and 3rd lines of each verse solo, 2nd and 4th lines chorus.

An extended musical score, pp. 68-71, "Do Don't Touch-a My Garment, Good Lord, I'm Gwine Home," is in James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson, 1926, "The Second Book of Negro Spirituals."
There are a few small differences in notation, but it is very close to the Ballanta score.
The Chorus line is "Good Lord, I'm gwine home."


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Subject: Don't Get Weary
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 08:37 PM

106. Don't Get Weary

1
Members don't get weary,
members don't get weary,
members don't get weary,
fo' de work's almost done.

Chorus-
O keep yo' lamp trimmed and a burnin',
keep yo' lamp trimmed and a burnin',
keep yo' lamp trimmed and a burnin',
for de work's almost done.

2ff.
Brothers, Sisters, etc. Don't Get weary.

Another version, melody somewhat different, in "The Story of the Jubilee Singers," No. 71, "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed."


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Subject: Don't Let de Wind Blow Here No More
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 08:52 PM

45. Don't Let de Wind Blow Here No More

1
Don't let de wind
don't let de wind
don't let de wind
blow here no mo'.
O don't let de wind
don't let de wind
blow here no mo'.
2
When de day of Jedgment come,
don't let de wind blow here no mo'.
All God's chillun go marchin' home,
don't let de wind blow here no mo'.
3
When de sea gib up de dead,
don't let de wind blow here no mo'.
Want a golden crown put on muh head,
don't let de wind blow here no mo'.

"Note: The following [melodic] variants are sung in the 3rd strain in verses 2 & 3."
[Notations provided].
2. All God's chillun go marchin' home.
3. Want a golden crown put on muh head.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: Don't Yo' Hab Eberybody fo' Yo' Fr'en'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 09:05 PM

87. Don't Yo' Hab Eberybody fo' Yo' Fr'en'

Chorus-
Don't yo' hab eb'rybody fo' yo' fr'en'
Don't yo' hab ebrybody fo' yo' fr'en'
Dey will mek yo' fold yo' arms and cry
Lawd how long,
Don't yo' hab ebrybody fo' yo' fr'en'.

1
I will tell yo' what yo' fr'en' will do-
Dey will sit and eat and drink wid yo'
But when yo' trubble come-
yo' fr'en' begin to run.
2
Meet yo' brudduh in de mornin'
Ax him how he do
Yo' meet him again in de ebenin'
He done tell a lie on yo'.
3
Don't yo forsake yo' mother
I tell yo' what yo' mus' do
When yo' father forsake yo'
Yo' mother will stand by yo'.

Not recorded in other collections


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Subject: Don't Yo' Hear de Lam's a Cryin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 09:08 PM

30. Don't Yo' Hear de Lam's a Cryin'

Don't yo' hear de lam's a cryin'
way obuh on de odduh shore
don't yo' hear de lam's a cryin'
Oh shepherd feed my sheep.

One fo' Mary and one fo' Martha
One fo' to make my heart rejoice
Don't yo' hear de lam's a cryin'
way obuh on de odduh shore.

One fo' Paul and one fo' Silas
One fo' to make my heart rejoice
Don't yo' hear de lam's a cryin'
way obuh on de odduh side.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Dust an' Ashes
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 10:25 PM

113. Dusr an' Ashes

1
Dust dust and ashes fly over on my grave,
Dust dust and ashes fly over on my grave,
Dust dust and ashes fly over on my grave
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.
2
Dey crucified my Saviour
An' nailed him to de cross
Dey crucified my Saviour
an' nailed him to de cross
Dey crucified my Saviour
an' nailed him to de cross
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home
an' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.

Chorus- (sung after 5th and 6th verses)
He rose, He rose, He rose, He rose,
He rose from de dead,
He rose, He rose, He rose, He rose,
He rose from the dead,
He rose, He rose, He rose, He rose,
He rose from de dead
an' de Lord shall bear my spirit home
an' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.

3
Oh, Joseph begged his body
And laid it in de tomb
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.
(repetitions as above)
4
De Angel came from hebben
An' roll de stone away
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.
5
De cold grave could not hold him
Nor death's cold iron band
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.
6
Oh Mary came a-runnin'
Her Saviour for to see
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.
7
De Angel say he is not here
He's gone to Galilee
An' de Lord shall bear my spirit home.

"Note: The 1st verse is sung to a different melody, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th verses are sung to the same melody.
The Chorus is sung after the 5th & 7th verses."

Dust an' Ashes was sung at the Hampton Institute, and was added to Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro sometime after Thomas P. Fenner's death. The volume edited by Dett contains an extended score with notes of the version sung formally "at the church service each Easter Sunday at Hampton Institute, under the direction of the editor [R. Nathaniel Dett]."

Also sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers


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Subject: Eagle's Wings
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 02:11 PM

43. Eagle's Wings

1
Lawd I wish I had an Eagle's wings
Lawd I wish I had an Eagle's wings
O Lawd wish I O Lawd wish I
O Lawd wish I had an eagle's wings.
2
I would fly all de way to Paradise
I would fly all de way to Paradise
O lawd, fly all, O Lawd fly all,
O Lawd, fly all de way to Paradise.
3
O de t'under is rollin' o'er muh head
O de t'under is rollin' o'er muh head
O Lawd, de t'under, O Lawd, de t'under,
O Lawd, de t'under is rollin' o'er muh head.
4
An' de lightin' is flashin' in muh face,
An' de lightin' is flashin' in muh face,
O Lawd, de lightin', O Lawd de lightin'
O Lawd de lightin' is flashin' in muh face.
5
Dere is no hidin' place fo' sinner to hide,
dere is no hidin' place fo' sinner to hide
O Lawd, no hidin' place, O Lawd, no hidin' place
O Lawd, no hidin' place fo' sinner to hide.
6
O I run to de rocks to hide muh face,
O I run to de rocks to hide muh face,
O Lawd I run, O Lawd I run,
O Lawd I run to de rocks to hide muh face.
7
O I run to de sea an' de sea run dry,
O I run to de sea an' de sea run dry,
O Lawd run dry, O Lawd run dry,
O Lawd, I run to de sea an' de sea run dry.

Unique in this form.


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Subject: Eb'rybody Wants to Know jis How I Die
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 02:31 PM

19. Eb'rybody Wants t'Know Jis How I Die

1
Eb'ry body wants t'know jis how I die-
how I die jis how I die
Eb'rybody wants t'know jis how I die
Eb'rybody wants t'know how I die.
2
Jis how yo' lib jis how yo' die-
how yo' die jis how yo' die
Jis how yo' lib jis how yo' die
Eb'rybody wants t'know how I die.
3
I am goin' to read muh testimony on muh bed
On muh bed- on muh bed
I am goin' to read muh testimony on muh bed-
Eb'rybody wants t'know how I die.
[4]
I am goin' to hab it written in muh forehead,
in muh forehead, in muh forehead,
I am goin' to hab it written in muh forehead,
Eb'rybody wants t'know how I die.

Unique to Saint Helena Island.


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Subject: Ennyhow Muh Lawd
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 03:16 PM

70. Ennyhow Muh Lawd

Ennyhow, ennyhow,
ennyhow muh Lawd
At de cross yo' mus' bow
I'm goin' to heben, ennyhow.
2
If yo' fadder talk about yo'
An' scandalize yo' name
At de cross yo' mus' bow
I'm goin' to heben, ennyhow.
3
If yo mudder talk about yo'
An' scandalize yo' name
At de cross yo' mus' bow
I'm goin' to heben, ennyhow.
4
If yo' brudder talk about yo'
An' scandalize yo' name
At de cross yo' mus' bow
I'm goin' to heben, ennyhow.
5
If yo' sister talk about yo'
An' scandalize yo' name
At de cross yo' mus' bow
I'm goin' to heben, ennyhow.

A variant, Anyhow, was collected on James Island (SC); only recorded from the South Carolina Low-Country.
A. T. Smythe et al., The Carolina Low-Country, Section of Spirituals.


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Subject: Fix Me Jedus
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 05:32 PM

100. Fix Me Jedus

1
Fix me Jedus, fix me right, fix me right, fix me right
Fix me Jedus, fix me right, fix me so dat I cyan stan'.
2
Dig my grave wid a silber spade, silber spade, silber spade
Dig my grave wid a silber spade, fix me so dat I cyan stan'.
3
Let me down wid a golden chain, golden chain, golden chain
Let me down wid a golden chain, fix me so dat I cyan stan'.
4
When yo' hear my coffin sound, coffin sound, coffin sound
When yo' hear my coffin sound, fix me so dat I cyan stan'.

Carl Diton, 1926, collected a variant in South Carolina; Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals..


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Subject: Give Me Jedus
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 06:05 PM

96. Give Me Jedus

Give me Jedus, give me Jedus
You can have all dis world
give me Jedus.

Fragment.

The following spiritual, with different melody, is more complete (source not given).

O, when I come to die,
O, when I come to die,
O, when I come to die,
Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, give me Jesus,
You may have all this world, give me Jesus.
2
In that mornin' when I rise (3x)
Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, give me Jesus,
You may have all this world, give me Jesus.
3
Dark midnight was my cry, (3x)
Give me Jesus, etc.
4
I heard the mourner say, (3x)
Give me Jesus, etc.

G. F. Noble, 1911, The Most Popular Plantation Songs, Hinds, Noble & Eldridge.


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Subject: Glory, Glory Hallelujah
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 08:02 PM

66. Glory, Glory Hallelujah

1
Glory Glory Hallelujah
When I lay muh burden down
Glory Glory Hallelujah
When I lay muh burden down.
2
I'm goin' to climb up Jacob's ladder
When I lay muh burden down
I'm goin' to climb up Jacob's ladder
When I lau muh burden down.
3
I wonder what mother's goin' to do dat day
When I lay muh burden down
All she got to do is watch and pray
When I lay muh burden down.
4
I wonder what mother wants to stay here for
When I lay muh burden down
Dis ole world's no friend to her
When I lay muh burden down.

Along with the song reported by Odum and Johnson, this seems to be the earliest lyric combining 'Glory, Glory Hallelujah' and 'When I lay my burden down'.

Odum and Johnson reported it in 1926 (collected 1924-1925) in Negro Workaday Songs

When I Lay My Burden Down

Glory, glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down, (3x)
I gonna be in heaven when I lay my burden down.

Glory, glory, hallelujah, I's goin' to my home on high,(3x)
I's gonna be in my home in heaven when I lay my burden down.

The gospel song, "Since I Laid My Burden Down" was recorded by the Sanctified Singers, Elders, McIntorsh and Edwards in 1928.


Also posted in threads 39204 and 126425.


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Subject: Good News
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 08:15 PM

7. Good News

Chorus-
Good news, good news
Angel bring glad tidings down
Good news brudduh good news
I hear from heben today.

1
Muh brudduh hab a robe and I so glad good news
Good news muh brudduh hab a robe and I so glad
good news from heben today.
2
O heben so high and I so low
Good news! Good news!
I wonder in muh soul ef I ebbuh git dere
Good news from heben today.

"Note: After the 1st verse other verses may be added by using the words mother, sister, father, preacher, deacon instead of the word brudduh."


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Subject: Go Round, Go Round
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 01:42 PM

25. Go Round, Go Round

Chorus-
Go round, go round,
look at de mornin' star
Go round, go round,
we got a soul to save.

1
Hadn't bin fo' Satan
we wouldn't had to pray
Now Satan bruk God's holy law
and we got a soul to save.
2
When I wuz a layin' at hell's dark door
no one to pity po' me
Maussuh Jedus he game ridin' by
and bought my liberty.

Unique to Saint Helena Island.


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Subject: Go Tell It on de Mountain
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 02:29 PM

110. Go Tell It on de Mountain

Chorus-
Go tell it on de mountain
obuh de hils an' eberywhere
Go tell it on de mountain
dat Jedus Chris' is a-born.

1
When I wuz a seeker,
I sought both night an' day
I ask' de Lord to help me,
An' He show me de way.
2
He choose me for a watchman,
And placed me on de wall,
An' if I am a christian,
I am de least ob all.
3
In de time of David,
Some call' Him a King,
And if a chil' is true born,
Maussuh Jedus will hear him sing.

An arranged version is in R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro, as sung at Hampton Institute (added after the death of T. P. Fenner by R. N. Dett, App. III). It lacks the verse 3 used on Saint Helena.

John Wesley Work (1872-1925) composed and published Go Tell It on the Mountain as a solo piece in 1907 (From online "Hymns and Carols of Christmas" and Hymnuts website)
. Perhaps only the two verses and chorus appeared in his sheet music.
See thread 3744 for discussions.
Work said the hymn was from an old Negro Spiritual, When I Was a Seeker
Different verses may have been composed for his Folksongs of the American Negro, 1907 (1st ed. a stapled softcover, hardcover 1915; both rare). See Cyberhymnal.org and the later American Negro Songs and Spirituals, where in a footnote it states that John Work Sr. supplied the shepherds and manger verses "in place of the original ones which could not be found."
http://hymnuts.luthersem.edu/hcompany/texts/hymn070.htm
John W. Work, edit., 1940, American Negro Songs and Spirituals, a Comprehensive Collection....


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Subject: Handwritin' on de Wall
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 08:02 PM

28. Handwritin' on de Wall

Chorus-
Dere's a Hand writin' on de wall
Dere's a hand writin' on de wall
Oh won't you come and read it see what it say
Dere's a hand writin' on de *wall.
Leader
1 (see below)

The *formata is used for the last time only. The above chorus is repeated an indefinite number of times. The clue for another repetition is given by the leader who sings the following ejaculatory phrases on the second pulse of the last bar.


Leader
1. Oh Daniel
2. Who write de letter
3. John write de letter
4. Oh sister
5. Oh brudder (etc., using all the words denoting relationship).

Also in Johnson, Book 2.


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Subject: Heben Goin' to Be Muh Home
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 08:16 PM

68. Heben Goin' to Be Muh Home

1
I am trampin', I am trampin',
Heben goin' to be muh home
I am trampin', I am trampin',
Heben goin' to be muh home.

Solo
'Tain't but one thing grieve muh mind
Chorus
Heben goin' to be muh home
Solo
De Christian goin' to Heben left de sinner behind
Chorus
Heben goin' to be muh home.

2
'Tain't but one thing I desire
Heben goin' to be muh home
I wants to go to heben in a chariot ob fire
Heben goin' to be muh home.
3
'Tain't but one thing I desire
Heben goin' to be muh home
I want to sing in de heavenly choir
Heben goin' to be muh home.

Not listed in other collections.


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Subject: Heben Is a Beautiful Place
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 08:46 PM

15. Heben Is a Beautiful Place

1
Heben is a beautiful place I believe- believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe- believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe- believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.-
2
Ain't no liars obuh dere I believe- believe
Ain't no liars obuh dere I believe believe
Ain't no liars obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.
3
Ain't no gamblers obuh dere I believe- believe
Ain't no gamblers obuh dere I believe believe
Ain't no gamblers obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.
4
Ain't no sickness obuh dere I believe- believe
Ain't no sickness obuh dere I believe believe
Ain't no sickness obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.
5
All good people obuh dere I believe- believe
All good people obuh dere I believe believe
All good people obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.
6
No back sliders obuh dere I believe- believe
No bach sliders obuh dere I believe believe
No back sliders obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.
7
No back biters obuh dere I believe- believe
No back biters obuh dere I believe believe
No back biters obuh dere I believe believe
Heben is a beautiful place I believe.

"All these verses are harmonised as the first Verse."

Heaven Is a Beautiful Place I Know is a variant found in Kentucky.
Mary Allen Grissom, 1930, The Negro Sings a New Heaven, Univ. North Carolina; Dover reprint.


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Subject: Hold Out
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 09:04 PM

80. Hold Out

Oh yo' religion nebbuh mek yo' shame
Oh yo' religion nebbuh mek yo' shame
Oh yo' religion nebbuh mek yo' shame
Hold out.
2
Oh I'm gwine down to Jerdan hold out
Oh I'm gwine down to Jerdan hold out
Oh I'm gwine down to Jerdan hold out
Hold out.
3
Oh if dat is yo' aim hold out, etc.
Hold out.
4
I t'ink muh mother say hold out, etc.
Hold out.

"Note: This spiritual ends with a repetition of the first Verse."

Variant(?) of Hold Out to the End, in Allen, Slave Songs..., but no similar verses.


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Subject: Holy, Holy, Yo' Promise to Answer Prayer
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 09:19 PM

12. Holy, Holy, Yo' Promise to Answer Prayer

1
Holy, holy yo' promise to answer prayer
Holy, holy yo' promise to answer prayer
(in de mornin')
Holy, holy yo' promise to answer prayer
in de mornin' when de Lawd cry Holy-
2
John, John dis is a barren lan'
John, John dis is a barren lan'
John, John dis is a barren lan'
In de mornin' when de Lawd cry Holy.
3
John, John dis is a needy time, etc.
4
John, John git up off yo' knees, etc.
5
Who lock, who lock de lion's jaw.

"Note: The 1st line of each verse is repeated twice and the verse ends with the words "In de morning when de Lord cry Holy."

Variant in Carl Diton, 1928, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals ....


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Subject: How Can I Pray
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 09:48 PM

16. How Can I Pray

How can I pray-
how can I pray
how can I pray
how can I pray
when my heart is burdened down.

**Leader
Oh how can I pray
Chorus
1
How can I pray
How can I pray (tutti)
How can I pray
How can I pray
when my heart is burdened down.
2
Oh Debble's in de way
Debble's in de way
Debble's in de way
Debble's in de way
when muh heart is burdened down.
3
Pray all night sometime
Pray all night sometime
Pray all night sometime
Pray all night sometime
When muh heart is burdened down.
4
King Jedus is my Fr'en'
Jedus is my Fr'en'
Jedus is my Fr'en'
Jedus is my Fr'en'
When muh heart is burdened down.
("The word 'King' in this verse is sung on the fourth beat of the previous bar.)"

** "Here the Leader starts with a counter melody sometimes to the words of the 1st verse and sometimes to the words of the second verse. All succeeding verses are sung in this way."

"This song contains two extra verses sung before the 1st verse above according to the book of words handed to me by Mr. James P. King, Superintendent of Industries."

1
Crown me O Lawd
Crown me O Lawd
Crown me O Lawd
Crown me O Lawd
When muh heart is burdened down.
2
Down on muh knees
Down on muh knees
Down on muh knees
Down on muh knees
When muh heart is burdened down.

Not found in other collections.


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Subject: How Long de Train Bin Gone
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 10:38 PM

9. How Long de Train Bin Gone

1
How long de train bin gone
How long de train bin gone
How long de train bin gone
O yes Lawd.
2
Train bin gone a long time
Train bin gone a long time
Train bin gone a long time
O yes Lawd.
3
Wave down de Gospel train
Wave down de Gospel train
Wave down de Gospel train
O yes Lawd.
4
Hand me mah walkin' cane
Hand me mah walkin' cane
Hand me mah walkin' cane
O yes Lawd.
5
Better git yo' ticket sign
Better git yo' ticket sign
Better git yo' ticket sign
O yes Lawd.
6
Yo' better fall in line
You better fall in line
You better fall in line
O yes Lawd.

Also variant in Clarence Cameron White, 1927, Forty Negro Spirituals ...., Theodore Presser, Philadelphia.


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Subject: How Yo' Do Believer How Yo' Do Today
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 01:56 PM

90. How yo' Do Believer How Yo' Do Today

1
How yo' do believer how yo' do today
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.
(Both lines repeated)
2
How yo' do mourners how yo' do today
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.
3
How yo' do sinners how yo' do today
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.
4
Go your way and sin no more
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.

Sung to same tune as When I Git in Heben in Muh Elbow Chair.
Both posted also in thread 116541.

Cleveland Index lists both as unique to Saint Helena but "How you do" variants in other collections.


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Subject: I Ain't Gwine Grief muh Lawd No Mo'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 02:21 PM

77. I Ain't Gwine Grief Muh Lawd No Mo'

Chorus-
I ain't gwine grief muh Lawd no mo'
fo' de Bible tell me so.
I ain't gwine grief muh Lawd no mo'-

1
De tallest tree in Paradise
de Christians call it de tree ob life
I ain't gwine grief muh Lawd no mo'
fo' de Bible tell me so.
2
O Paul and Silas bound in jail
De one did sing while de odduh pray'd.
Chorus
3
I wants to go to heben and I wants to go right
I wants to go to heben all dressed in white.
Chorus
4
O look up yonder what I see
Bright angels coming after me.
Chorus
5
Ef you git dere befo' I do
Look out fo' me I'm coming too.
Chorus
6
O my name done written, done written down fine
O my name done written, in David's line.
Chorus

Variant also in Carl Diton, 1928, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals ...., G. Schirmer.
It lacks verses 1, 3 and 6. Collected at Frogmore Island, 1913.


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Subject: I Am Bound fo' de Promised lan'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 03:15 PM

40. I Am Bound fo' de Promised Lan'

1
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'
O won't yo' rise an' go wid me
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'.
2
When I git to hebben I'll set an' tell
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'
Just how I shun de gates ob hell
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'.
3
O Christians, Christians be engaged
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'
Old Satan's in an awful rage
I am boun' fo' de promised lan'.

Unique to Saint Helena Island.


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Subject: I Am Goin' obuh Dere
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 05:27 PM

67. I Am Goin' obuh Dere

1
I am goin' obuh dere
In muh father's house
I am goin' obuh dere-
In muh father's house
I am goin' obuh dere
in muh father's house
dere is joy, joy, joy.
2
Ain't no liars obuh dere
In muh father's house
etc.
Dere is joy, joy, joy.

Other verses may be sung using the words gamblers, sickness, mourning, etc.

Variants are widespread.
In My Father's House, from Texas; Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag.
Heaven Is a Beautiful Place, from Kentucky; M. A. Grissom, The Negro Sings a New Heaven.


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Subject: I Am Huntin' fo' a City
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 05:37 PM

58. I Am Huntin fo' a City

1
I am huntin' fo' a city fo' to stay a while
I am huntin' fo' a city to stay a while
I am huntin' fo' a city to stay a while
True believer has a home at last.
2
Oh run dear young converts go and tell muh Lawd
etc.
True believer has a home at last.
3
Oh run my lovin' sister go and tell muh Lawd
etc.
True believer has a home at last.

The words mother, brother, father, etc. may be used in other verses.

Variant in Allen, Slave Songs of the United States.


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Subject: I Am Not Afraid to Die
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 05:46 PM

83. I Am Not Afraid to Die

1
I am not afraid to die-
I am not afraid to die-
I am not- I am not afraid to die.
2
Jedus rides de milk white horse
Jedus rides de milk white horse.
3
Satan rides de iron gray
Satan rides de iron gray.
4
I am bound for de promised land
I am bound for de promised land.

"The spiritual ends with a repetition of the first verse."

Unique to Saint Helena Island according to the Cleveland Index, but verses two, etc., are common to other spirituals.


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Subject: I Do Know Gawd Don't Lie
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 06:03 PM

88. I Do Know Gawd Don't Lie

Chorus-
I do know Gawd don't lie
I do know Gawd don't lie
I do know Gawd don't lie
De heben pass away.

1
Jis want tell what a liar will do
He always come wid somet'ing new
Steal yo' hawss wid false pretense
And claim dat he is yo' bosom fr'en'.
2
Ebery day when yo' look out
Yo' will see dat liar comin' to yo' house
Den dat liar will hab his way
And tek a seat and stay all day

Jis about time you goin' change yo' mine
Tell yo' a leetle truth and make it shine.

These last two lines ate sung to repetition of the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th measures above.

3
Jis about time he get his business fix
He'll sweeten dat lie wid a leetle trick
If you aunt Julia don't tell aunt Jane
Do fo' Gawd's sake don't you call my name.
4
Jis about time for liar to leave
He'll cause yo' heart and mine to grieve
But he'll strictly tell you befo' he go
Ef he ax yo' do yo' tell him I tell yo' so.

Unique to Saint Helena Island.


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Subject: I Got a Letter dis Mornin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 07:49 PM

26. I Got a Letter dis Mornin'

I got a letter dis mornin'
Aye Lawd
I got a letter dis mornin'
Aye Lawd.

Fragment with tune.

May be variant of:
McIlhenny, Befo' de War Spirituals, I've a Message from Ma Lord
Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag, I Got a Letter from Jesus


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Subject: I Got a Mother in de Bright Shinin' World
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 08:11 PM

92. I Got a Mother in de Bright Shinin' World

1
I got a mother in de bright shinin' world
I got a mother in de bright shinin' world
Dear mother I hope to meet yo' obuh dere
in de bright shinin' world.

Chorus-
In de bright shinin' world,
In de bright shinin' world,
I hope to meet yo' obuh dere
in de bright shinin' world.

2
I got a Father in de bright shinin' world (2x)
Dear Father I hope to meet yo' obuh dere
In de bright shinin' world.

Sister, Brother, Deacon, Pastor, etc.

3
Jedus call me in de bright shinin' world
Jedus call me in de bright shinin' world
I hope to meet Him obuh dere
In de bright shinin' world.


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Subject: I Hab a Leader obuh Dere
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 08:24 PM

22. I Hab a Leader obuh Dere

1
I hab a leader obuh dere
I hab a leader obuh dere
I hab a leader obuh dere
In de Kingdom of my Lawd
Trumpet of Gawd goin' to sound,
Remember if yo' die in Christ
yo' goin' to shine
In de Resurrection mornin' yo' got to shine.
2
Play on yo' harp little David
Play on yo' harp little David
Play on yo' harp little David
In de Kingdom etc.
3
I hab a Saviour obuh dere
I hab a Saviour obuh dere
I hab a Saviour obuh dere
In de Kingdom etc.
4
I'm goin' obuh dere
I'm goin' obuh dere
I'm goin' obuh dere
In de Kingdom etc.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: I Lub Muh Blessed Saviour
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 08:38 PM

94. I Lub Muh Blessed Saviour

1
I lub muh blessed Saviour
and sorry when He died
It hurt me to muh blessed heart
to see Him crucified.

Chorus-
He cried how long.
He cried how long.
He cried how long.
Fo' muh Lawd told me so.

2
When Jedus was hangin' on de cross
An' de Jews wuz standin' round
One picked up de sword and plunged it in his side
And de blood came tricklin' down.
3
Den de [one?] said it wasn't no sun
And one said it wasn't no moon
And one said it wasn't no stain
And de whole world was silent.
4
Silent, silent, silent
Fo' de space of a hour and half
Gawd called all de welcome soldiers
To take home de welcome Souls.
5
Then Joseph begged for His body
And de body was given to him
He wrapped it up in a linen cloth
And buried Him in de ground.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: I'm a Runnin' fo' Muh Life
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 08:49 PM

24. I'm a Runnin' fo' Muh Life

1
I'm a runnin' fo' muh life
I'm a runnin' fo' muh life
I', a runnin' fo' muh life
I'm a runnin' fo' muh life

Chorus-
Ef ennybody ax yo' what's de matter wid me
Jis tell him I say-
I'm a runnin' fo' muh life.

2
I'm a mo'nin' fo' muh life
3
I'm a prayin' fo' muh life.

The 1st line of each verse is sung four times and followed by the Chorus.
Lines may be interspersed with repetition by chorus.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: I'm a Trabblin' to de Land
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 09:07 PM

76. I'm a Trabblin' to de Land

1
I'm a trabblin' to de land
I'm a trabblin' to de land
I'm a trabblin' to de land
Where I'm bound, where I'm bound.
I'm a trabblin' to de land
I'm a trabblin' to de land
I'm a trabblin' to de land
where I'm bound.
2
Dere's no sickness in de land ....
where I'm bound.
3
Dere's no liars in de land ....
where I'm bound.
4
Milk and honey's in de land ....
where I'm bound.
5
I've a sister in de land....
where I'm bound.
6
I've a mother in de land....
where I'm bound.
7
I've a father in de land ....
where I'm bound.
8
I've a Saviour in de land....
where I'm bound.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: I'm Goin' Down to de Ribbuh ob Jerdan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 09:23 PM

99. I'm Goin' Down to de Ribbuh ob Jerdan

Solo
O yes.
1
I.m goin' down to de ribbuh of Jerdan, O yes
I'm goin' down to de ribbuh of Jerdan some o' dese days, halleuia!
I'm goin' down to de ribbuh of Jerdan, O yes
I'm goin' down to de ribbuh of Jerdan some o' dese days.
2
I'm goin' to set at de welcome table, O yes
I'm goin' to set at de welcome table some o' dese days, halleuia!
I'm goin' to set at de welcome table, O yes
I'm goin' to set at de welcome table some o' dese days.
3
I'm goin' to feast off milk and honey, O yes
I'm goin' to feast off milk and honey some o' dese days, halleuia!
I'm goin' to feast off milk and honey, O yes
I'm goin' to feast off milk and honey some o' dese days.
4
I'm goin' to march wid de tallest angel, o yes
I'm goin' to march wid de tallest angel some o' dese days, halleuia!
I'm goin' to march wid de tallest angel, O yes
I'm goin' to march wid de tallest angel, some o' dese days.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: I'm Goin' to See Muh Lovin' Father When I Git Home
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 09:41 PM

13. I'm Goin' to See Muh Lovin' Father When I Git Home

1
I'm goin' to see muh lovin' father when I git home
I'm goin' to see muh lovin' father when I git home
I'm goin' to see muh lovin' father, see muh lovin' father,
see muh lovin' father when I git home.
2
I'm goin' to tell him 'bout muh trubble when I git home
I'm goin' to tell him 'bout muh trubble when I git home
I'm goin' to tell him 'bout muh trubble, tell him 'bout muh trubble,
tell him 'bout muh trubble when I git home.

"Other verses may be had by using the words mother, sister, brother, teacher, etc., in place of the word "father" in verse 1 and by using the correct pronoun in verse 2."
"Two more verses are sung after the relationships have been exhausted."

No more rain to wet me when I git home
No more rain to wet me when I git home
No more rain to wet me, rain to wet me,
rain to wet me when I git home.

Last verse
God heben- God heben- God heben-
when I git home.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: I'm Goin' to Wait till de Holy Ghost Come
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jul 10 - 09:02 PM

65. I'm Goin' to Wait till de Holy Ghost Come

1
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait till de Holy Ghost come
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait till de Holy Ghost come
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait (I'm goin' to wait)
I'm goin' to wait till de Holy Ghost come.
O muh Lawd, O muh Lawd hab mercy now.
2
I'm goin' to sing till de Holy Ghost come
O muh Lawd, hab mercy now.
3
I'm goin' to watch till de Holy Ghost come
O muh Lawd, hab mercy now.
4
I'm goin' to pray till de Holy Ghost come
O muh Lawd, hab mercy now.

Verses 2-4 sung as verse 1.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: I Wants to Climb Up Jacob's Ladder
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jul 10 - 09:18 PM

74. I Wants to Climb Up Jacob's Ladder

1
I wants to climb up Jacob's Ladder
up Jacob's ladder, up Jacob's ladder
I wants to climp up Jacob's ladder
but I cyan' until I mek muh peace wid de Lawd
I will praise ye de Lawd I will praise Him till I die
I will praise Him till I die In de new Jerusalem.
2
I wants to pray like Paul and Silas
But I cyan' until I mek muh peace wid de Lawd
I will praise ye de Lawd I will praise Him till I die
In de new Jerusalem I will praise Him till I die. [reversed?]
3
I wants to sing in heben wid de angels etc.
4
I wants to climb up higher and higher etc.


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Subject: I Want to Die Easy when I Die
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 08:54 PM

17. I Want to Die Easy When I Die

I want to die easy when I die (when I die)
I want to die easy when I die (when I die)
I want to die easy when I die
Shout salvation as I fly
I want to die easy when I die (when I die).

I want to see muh mother when I die
I want to see muh mother when I die
I want to see muh mother when I die
Shout salvation as I fly
I want to see muh mother when I die.

"Other verses may be had by using the words father, brother, sister, deacon, pastor."

The song concludes with the following verses.

I want to see muh Jedus when I die (repeated as in verse 2)
Shout salvation as I fly
I want to see muh Jedus when I die
I want to go to heben when I die (repeated as in verse 2)
Shout salvation as I fly
I want to go to heben when I die.

"Note 1. The rhythmic alterations required by verse 2 and succeeding verses are attended by a slight change in the melody as follows:"
[Examples given- I want to see my mother etc.]
"Note 2. The words "when I die" are repeated as shown above by other voices against the sustained tonic and dominant."

Also in Johnson, Second Book of Negro Spirituals


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Janie
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 09:19 PM

Thanks, Q. And thank you Richie, Greg and Q for the education contained in your comments.


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Subject: Jedus Blood Done Mek Me Whole
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 09:32 PM

95. Jedus Blood Done Mek Me Whole

1
Jedus blood done mek me whole
Jedus blood done mek me whole
Since I touched the hem of his garment
Jedus blood done mek me whole.
2
I don't feel like I used to feel
I don't feel like I used to feel
Since I touched the hem of his garment
I don't feel like I used to feel.
3
I don't mourn like I used to mourn, etc.
4
I don't walk like I used to walk, etc.
5
I don't talk like I used to talk, etc.
6
I don't sing like I used to sing, etc.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Jedus Done Just What He Said
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 10:04 PM

23. Jedus Done Just What He Said

1
Jedus done just what He said.
Yes he did, Oh yes He did.
Healed de sick- and he raised de dead.
Yes he did, Oh yes he did.
2
Up on de mountain my Lawd spoke
Yes he did, Oh yes he did
Out of His mout' came fire and smoke
Yes he did, Oh yes he did.
3
John de Baptist he declared
Yes he did, Oh yes he did
Ain't but de righteous shall git dere
Yes he did, Oh yes he did.
4
I remember de hour, I remember well
Yes he did, Oh yes He did
When Jedus washed muh sins away.
Yes he did, Oh yes he did.

Chorus-
You can tell de world about dat
you can tell de nation about dat
Tell dem dat muh Lawd has come
Tell dem what de comforter has done
Dat he brought joy- joy- to muh soul.

Several variants in different collections. one from the Bahamas (below).

Jesus Heal' de Sick

Jesus heal' de sick, give sight to de blin',
An' 'e made de cripple to walk an' talk,
'E roll de stone from over de grave
An' 'e gave them commisshun to fly,
How low!
An' 'e gave them commisshun to fly,
Brothe' Lassras,
An' 'e gave them commisshun to fly,
Simon Peter,
An' 'e gave them commisshun to fly,
An' 'e gave them commisshun to fly!

"Words and melody (arrangement by H. T. Burleigh) from Bahama Songs and Stories, Charles L. Edwards, Ph. D., published for the American Folk-Lore Society by Houghton, Mifflin & Co.; reprinted by permission in H. E. Krehbiel, 1913, Afro-American Folk-Songs.


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Subject: John Saw de Number No Man Could Number
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 10:13 PM

55. John Saw de Number No Man Could Number

1
John saw de number dat no man could number
John saw de number dat no man could number
John saw de number dat no man can number
comin' up, comin' up on high.
2
John saw de hundred and forty-four thousand, etc.
Comin' up on high.
3
Tell John not to call de roll till I git dere
Sinner man you better believe.

Widespread.


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Subject: King Jedus Is Muh Only Fr'en'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 10:32 PM

4. King Jedus Is Muh Only Fr'en'

Chorus-
King Jedus King Jedus is muh only fr'en'-
King Jedus King Jedus is muh only fr'en'
King Jedus King Jedus is muh only fr'en'
King Jedus is muh only fr'en'.-

1
When de doctuh de doctuh he done gie me obuh
de doctuh de doctuh he done gie me obuh
When de doctuh de doctuh he done gie me obuh
King Jedus is muh only fr'en'.
2
When de preacher de preacher he done gie me obuh
de preacher de preacher he done gie me obuh
When de preacher de preacher he done gie me obuh
King Jedus is muh only fr'en'.
3
When muh house muh house become a public hall
muh house muh house become a public hall
When muh house muh house become a public hall
King Jedus is muh only fr'en'.
4
When muh face muh face become a lookin' glass
muh face muh face become a lookin' glass
When muh face muh face become a lookin' glass
King Jedus is muh only fr'en'.

"Note: The melody of this song when sung by a large body of voices is performed thus as if by two choruses."

[Tune is given for 1st and 2nd choirs] This arrangement is also observed in all the verses.

Not reported in other collections.


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Subject: Let Us Break Bread Togeder on Our Knees
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 12:45 PM

81. Let Us Break Bread Togeder on Our Knees

1
Let us break bread togeder on our knees
Let us break bread togeder on our knees
When I fall on muh knees wid muh face to de risin' sun
Oh Lawd hab mercy on me.
2
Let us drink wine togeder on our knees [2x]
When I fall on muh knees wid muh face to de risin' sun
Oh Lawd hab mercy on me.
3
Let us praise Gawd togeder on our knees [2x]
When I fall etc.
4
Oh Lawd hab mercy on me, etc.

A few variants. See Johnson and Johnson, The Second Book of Negro Spirituals, When I Fall on My Knees.


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Subject: Look-a How They Done Muh Lawd
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 04:05 PM

69. Look-a How They Done Muh Lawd

1
Look-a how they done muh Lawd
Look-a how they done muh Lawd
Look-a how they done muh Lawd done muh Lawd
done muh Lawd done muh Lawd done muh Lawd done muh Lawd.
2
Never spoke a mumblin' word
Mumblin' word.
3
Carried him to Pilate's hall
Pilate's hall
4
Saw him when he rise and fall
Rise and fall
5
Licked him with violence
Violence
6
Carry him to Calvary
Calvary
7
Nailed him to de tree
To de tree
8
He wo' a thorny crown
T'orny crown
9
De blood come a stricklin' down
10
He cried Eli eli
Cried eli
11
He bowed his head and die
Head and die
12
He went right down in hell
Down in hell
13
He said "Peter I got de Keys"
Got de Keys
14
"Of death hell and de grave
Hell and grave
15
Grave where yo' victory
Victory
16
Thomas say I wouldn't believe
Wouldn't believe
17
He sais "Thomas see my han'
See my han'
18
Angel cried "Amen"
Cried Amen

Also Johnson and Johnson, Second Book of Negro Spirituals, Look-a How They Done My Lord and McIlhenny, Befo' de War Spirituals, Cruel Jews. Variant He Never Said a Mumblin' Word in Fisher, Grey, Johnson and Johnson.


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Subject: Look What a Wonder Jedus Done
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 04:16 PM

84. Look What a Wonder Jedus Done

1
Look what a wonder Jedus done,
sinner believe
Look what a wonder Jedus done,
sinner believe
Look what a wonder Jedus done,
sinner believe
King Jedus had died for me.
2
King Jedus mek de cripple walk
Sinner believe
King Jedus had died fo' me.
3
King Jedus gave de blind de sight
Sinner believe
King Jedus had died fo' me.
4
King Jedus mek de dumb man speak
Sinner believe
King Jedus had died fo' me.
5
Look what a wonder Jedus done
Sinner believe
King Jedus had died fo' me.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Mary Had a Baby, Aye Lawd
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 04:30 PM

46. Mary Had a Baby, Aye Lawd

1
Solo
Mary had a baby Aye Lawd
*(She)
Mary had a baby Aye muh Lawd
Mary Had a Baby Aye Lawd
de people keep a comin' and de train done gone.
2
What did she name him, Aye Lawd.
3
She name him King Jedus, Aye Lawd.
4
She name him Mighty Counseller, Aye Lawd.

"(Other names may be use in succeeding verses sig. "Prince of Peace" "Mighty God" "Everlasting Father")

5
Where was he born, Aye Lawd.
6
Born in a manger, Aye Lawd.
7
Born in a stable, Aye Lawd.

*This note is sung to the word "she" in verses 3 & 4 etc.

"Note: The first line is the subject of the verse. This is thrice stated followed by "de people keep a comin' etc."

Variants in several collections.


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Subject: Mary Had a Baby (No. 2)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 08:54 PM

47. Mary Had a Baby (No. 2)

*(She)
1
Mary had a baby- muh Lawd
Mary had a baby- muh Lawd
Mary had a baby, Mary had a baby,
Mary had a baby muh Lawd.
2
What did she name him, muh Lawd.
3
She name him King Jedus, muh Lawd.
(Other names may be used sig. "Mighty Counsellor," "Prince of Peace," "Mighty God," "Everlasting Father," etc.)
4
Where was he born, muh Lawd.
5
Born in a manger, muh Lawd.
6
Born in a stable, muh Lawd.

* This note is sung to the word "she" in verse 3 and verses constructed after that verse.
"Note: The first line of each verse is repeated several times and sung to all the strains of the melody."


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Subject: Mary Had a Baby (No. 3)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 09:04 PM

48. Mary Had a Baby (No. 3)

*(she)
1
Down in a valley sing hallelu
Down in a valley sing hallelu
Down in a valley sing hallelu
Down in de valley sing hallelu.
2
Mary had a baby sing hallelu.
3
What did she name him, sing hallelu.
4
She name him King Jedus, sing hallelu.
(Other names may be used sig. "Mighty Counsellor," "Prince of Peace," "Mighty God," Everlasting Father," etc.)
5
Where was he born, sing hallelu.
6
Born in a manger, sing hallelu.
7
Born in a stable, sing hallelu.

* This note is sung to the word "she' in verse 4 and verses constructed after that verse.
"Note: The first line of each verse is repeated several times and sung to all the different strains of the melody."


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Subject: Mary Had de Leetle Baby
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 09:11 PM

3. Mary Had de Leetle Baby

Mary had de leetle baby
Born in Bethlehem
Eb'ry time de baby cry she rock in a weary lan'
Ain't dat a rockin' all night
ain't dat a rockin' all night
ain't dat a rockin' all night
all night long.

Several variants in collections.


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Subject: Moses Smote de Water
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 09:26 PM

104. Moses Smote de Water

1
Moses smote de water and de chillun all crossed obuh
O Moses smote de water and de sea gie way.

Chorus-
O chillun ain't yo' glad you in de holy army
O chillun ain't yo' glad and de sea gie way.

2
Aaron crossed de ocean and de chillun all crossed obuh
O Aaron crossed de ocean and de sea gie way.
3
Mary crossed de ocean and de chillun all crossed obuh
O Mary crossed de ocean and de sea gie way.

Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers; lyrics and reference in thread 129068.
When Moses Smote de Water


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Subject: My Head Wet wid de Mid Night Dew
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 09:32 PM

61. My Head Wet wid de Mid Night Dew

My head wet wid de mid night dew
my head wet wid de mid night dew.

Fragment?
Not recorded in other collections.

"for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night."
Song of Solomon 5:2


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Subject: My Time Is Come
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Jul 10 - 05:21 PM

72. My Time Is Come

Chorus-
My time is come, O my time is come
My time is come, I'm bound to pay the debt I owe.

1
Judus was settin' at the last Passover
John he rested upon his shoulder
He spoke one word and it seemed to blight
He said one of you will betray me tonight.

Mark cried out Lawd is it I, Luke cried out Lawd is it I
Judus said look and see, he dat sup in de dish wid me.

2
De cruel Jews dey took muh Lawd
They bound him with a purple cord
They led Him up to Pilate's Hall
De council met abd the roll was called.
3
Pilate's wife she had a dream
De innocent lam' I nebbuh seen
Bring me water to wash muh han'
I will not be guilty of de innocent lam'.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 06:06 PM

109. Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen

(Lyrics below from Slave Songs of the U.S., and Religious Folk-songs Of the Negro; Saint Helena verses follow.

Oh nobody knows de trouble I've seen
Nobody knows but Jesus
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Glory Hallelujah.

Sometimes I'm up sometimes I'm down
Oh Yes Lord
Sometimes I'm almost to de ground
Oh yes Lord.
Although you see me goin' long so
Oh yes Lord
I have my trials here below
Oh yes Lord.
2
One day when I was walking along,
Oh yes Lord
De element opened an' de Lord came down,
Oh yes Lord
I never shall forget that day,
Oh yes Lord
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Oh yes Lord.

Words as sung on Saint Helena Island:

1
Nobody knows de trubble I feel
Nobody knows but Jedus
Nobody knows de trubble I feel
Glory in-a muh soul (or Glory Hallelujah)
2
Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down
Glory in-a muh soul
Sometimes I'm almost to de ground
Glory in-a muh soul.
3
One mornin' I wuz walkin' along
Glory in-a muh soul
I heard a noise, I saw no one
Glory in-a muh soul.
4
One day as I wuz walkin' round
Glory in-a muh soul
I saw some grapes wuz hangin' down
Glory in-a muh soul,
5
I picked some fruit an' sucked de juice
Glory in-a muh soul
De juice wuz sweet as honey in de comb
Glory in-a muh soul.
6
Satan he whisper in ma ear
Glory in-a muh soul
Said he done bruk muh Kingdom down
Glory in-a muh soul.
7
By de grace ob God I rise again
Glory in-a muh soul
By de grace ob God I rise again
Glory in-a muh soul.


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Subject: No Mo' My Dear Brudder
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 06:19 PM

49. No Mo' My Dear Brudder

1
Solo
No' mo' muh dear brudduh
Chorus
No mo' muh Lawd
I will nebbuh turn back no mo'.
2
No mo' muh lovin' mother
No mo' muh Lawd
I will nebbuh turn back no mo'.
3
No mo' when I cross old Jerdan, etc.
4
No' mo' rain goin' to wet me, etc.
5
No mo' sun goin' to burn me, etc.

"Note: The words father, sister, preacher etc., may be used in other verses after verse 2."


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Subject: Oh Let Me Shine, Shine like de Mornin' Star
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 09:14 PM

27. Oh Let Me Shine, Shine like de Mornin' Star

Solo
1
Oh    let me shine
Chorus
Oh let me shine
Solo
Oh    ley me shine
Chorus
Shine like de mornin' star.
2
Solo
Shine like Peter, let me shine
Chorus
Oh let me shine
Solo
Shine like Peter let me shine
Chorus
Shine like de mornin' star.
3
Shine like Moses, let me shine, Oh let me shine
Shine like Moses, let me shine, Shine like de mornin' star.
4
Solo
Ef yo' cyan' shine
Chorus
Oh let me shine
Solo
Oh let me shine
Chorus
Shine like de mornin' star.
5
Move out de way and let me shine, Oh let me shine
Move out de way and let me shine, Shine like de mornin' star.

"Note: After the 1st verse the leader instead of singing the melody as given alone sings the following variants of the 1st & 3rd bars."
Solo
2 & 3
Shine like Peter let me shine
Shine like Moses let me shine
Chorus
Oh let me shine
Shine like Peter let me shine {Shine like de mornin' star
Shine like Moses let me shine {Shine like de mornin' star.
4
Ef yo' cyan' shine Oh let me shine
5
Move out de way and let me shine, etc.

"Mr. Brown the leader of the Saint Helena quartet gives also the following variant.
Music repeated from 3rd bar-
Shine like Peter and let me shine etc.
" Moses " " etc.
Ef you cyan' shine Oh let me shine etc.
Move out de way and let me shine etc.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Oh Nebbuh Me One
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 09:31 PM

51. Oh Nebbuh Me One

1
When muh mother done gone
When muh mother done gone
When muh mother done gone-
Aye Lawd- Aye Lawd-
Oh nebbuh me one-
Oh Lawd- Oh lawd.

Chorus-
Oh nebbuh me one- Oh nebbuh me one
2
Muh sister done gone, Aye Lawd.
3
Muh brudder done gone, Aye Lawd.
(Other verses may be constructed with the words Father, Pastor, Deacon.
4
When de world done buked me, Aye Lawd.
5
When I am t'rown wid crosses, Aye Lawd.
6
When dey leabe me here to trubble, Aye Lawd.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Oh Sister Git Yo' Ticket Right
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 09:42 PM

20. Oh Sister Git Yo' Ticket Right

Solo
O sister git yo' ticket right
Chorus
Oh yes
Solo
For to enter into rest
Chorus
Oh yes

Oh git yo' ticket git it right
Chorus
Oh yes
Solo
Oh git yo' ticket git it right
Chorus
Oh yes.-

Other verses may be had by using the words father, mother, brother, pastor, teacher, etc. in place of the word sister.

Not recorded in other collections, although a similar title, Git Yo' Ticket in M. A. Grissom, The Negro Sings a New Heaven.


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Subject: Oh Wrastlin' Jacob
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 09:53 PM

105. Oh Wrastlin' Jacob

Chorus-
Oh wrastlin' Jacob Jacob day is a breaking
Oh wrastlin' Jacob Jacob I will not let yo' go.

1
He hold my mother wid a tremblin' hand
I will not let yo' go
He hold my mother wid a tremblin' hand
I will not let yo' go
D. C.

Other verses: He hold my Father, sister, brother, deacon, pastor, etc.

Variants in Fisk Jubilee Collection and Slave Songs of the U.S.

Compare Wrastlin' Jacob, this collection.


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Subject: O Lord dese Bones of Mine Comin' Together ....
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 10:03 PM

86. O Lord Dese Bones of Mine Comin' Together in de Mornin'

1
O Lawd dese bones ob mine
O Lawd dese bones ob mine
O Lawd dese bones ob mine
comin' togeder in de mornin'.

Some join de Church to sing and shout
comin' togeder in de mornin'.
Befo' six months dey all turned out
comin' togeder in de mornin'.

2
I look at me hand me hand look new
Comin' togeder in de mornin'
I look at me foot it look so too
Comin' togeder in de mornin'.

Not recorded in other collections but similar ideas in Dry Bones.


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Subject: O Ride On Jedus
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 10:36 PM

112. O Ride On Jedus

Chorus-
O ride on Jedus ride on Jedus
ride on conquerin' King
I want t'-go t' hebben in de mornin'.

1
Ef you see my mother O yes
Jis tell her for me O yes
for t' meet me t'morrow in Galilee
Want t' go t' hebben in de mornin'.
2
Ef you see my Father O yes
Jes' tell him for me O yes
For t' meet me t'morrow in Galilee
Want to go to hebben in de mornin'.
3
Ef you see my sister etc.
4
Ef you see my brother etc.
5
Ef you see John de Baptis' O yes
Jes' tell him fo' me O yes
Dat I's been to de ribber and I's been baptize'
Want t'go t'hebben in de mornin'.
6
Ef you want t'go t'hebben, O yes
I'll a tell you how O yes
Jes' keep yo' hands on de gospel plow
Want t'go t'hebben in de mornin'.

Variant in Negro Folk-Songs The Hampton Series Book 1 No. 1 recorded by Natalie Curtis-Burlin. G. Schirmer, Inc., 1918; Dover Pub., 2001. More complete musical score with alternate harmonies and notes, pp. 3-12.


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Subject: O Watch de Stars
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 10:52 PM

71. O Watch de Stars

Versions with slightly different melodies.
(a)
Version by Virginia Brown

1
O watch de stars see how dey run
O watch de stars see how dey run
de stars run down at de setting ob de sun
O watch de stars see how dey run.
2
Jis watch de stars see how dey run [2x]
De stars run down at de setting of the sun
Jis watch de stars see how dey run.
3
Oh God's leetle army goin' to shine [2x]
De stars run down at de setting of the sun
O watch de stars see how dey run.

(b)
Version by Rina Miller

O watch de stars see how dey run
O watch de stars see how dey run
de stars run down at de setting ob de sun
O watch de stars see how dey run.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Pray Is de Key to de Kingdom
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 08:19 PM

89. Pray Is de Key to de Kingdom

Pray is de key to de Kingdom
and de world can do me no harm
Pray is de key to de Kingdom
and de world can do me no harm
Pray is de key to de Kingdom
and faith unlocks de do'-
Ef dat so be to de Kingdom
I got a key ebry'where I go.
2
Took Bruddah Paul and Silas
And placed 'em in jail below, etc.
But de angel came from heben
And unlock de jailer's do'.
3
Took Brudduh John on Patmos
And placed him in a kettle of oil, etc.
But de angel came f'om heben
And tol' him dat de oil wouldn't boil.

Similar 1st verse in Prayer Is de Key of Heaven, R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as Sung at Hampton Institute.
Similar 1st verse and 6th verse (Paul and Silas) in I Got a Key to the Kingdom in M. A. Grissom, The Negro Sings a New Heaven, from Kentucky.


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Subject: Rise Up, Shepherd an' Foller
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 09:00 PM

111. Rise Up, Shepherd an' Foller

1
Dere's a star in de Eas' on Christmas morn
Rise up shepherd an' foller
It 'll lead to de place where de Saviou's born-
Rise up Shepherd an' foller.

Chorus-
Leave yo' sheep an' leave yo' lam's
Rise up shepherd an' foller
Leave yo' lives an' leave yo' rams
Rise up shepherd an' foller
Foller, foller, rise up shepherd an' foller
foller de star of Bethlehem
Rise up shepherd an' foller.
2
If you take good heed to do angel's words
Rise up shepherd an' foller
You'll forget yo' flock you'll forget yo' herd
Rise up shepherd an' foller.

Similar version and title in R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as Sung at Hampton Institute App. IV

Previously posted in thread 28709:
Rise Up Shepherd


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Subject: Roll Him Out Again
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 09:18 PM

29. Roll Him Out Again

1
Oh de debbil was a busy ole man
He put de stumbling block in my way
Jedus sent de good ole soul to
Roll him out again.
2
Oh, Thomas was a busy ole man, He put etc.} continued as verse 1
3
Oh, Herod was a mean ole man, He put etc.} continued as verse 1

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Roll Jerdon Roll
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 09:32 PM

93. Roll Jerdon Roll

Chorus-
Roll Jerdon roll,
Roll Jerdon roll
My Soul arise in heben Lawd
To hear sweet Jerdon roll.

1
My sister sat on de tree of life
To hear when Jerdon roll
Roll Jerdon roll,
Jerdon roll, Jerdon roll
2
My brudduh sat etc.
3
My mother sat etc.
4
My father sat etc.
(Also Deacon, Pastor, Preacher.)

"Note: The following words are sung as the Chorus, in place of those written above, after some of the verses."

Oh march de Angels march
March de Angels march
My soul arise in Hebben Lord
To hear sweet Jerdon roll.

"The last chorus must be sung as above."

Variants in several collections from 19th C. on.


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Subject: Room Enough in de Hebben
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 04:10 PM

102. Room Enough in de Hebben

1
Oh dere's room enough
Oh dere's room enough
dere's room enough in de heben
I know dere's room enough
Oh dere's room enough
I cyan' stay behind.

Chorus-
I cyan' stay behind my Lawd
I cyan' stay behind
I cyan' stay behind my Lawd
I cyan' stay behind.

2
Oh de lillies bloom
Oh de lillies bloom
De lillies bloom in heben I know
Oh de lillies bloom
I cyan' stay behind.
3
Oh de roses bloom in de heben I know, etc.
I cyan' stay behind.
4
Oh de Angels sing in de heben I know, etc.
I cyan' stay behind.

"Note:- In the 1867 Edition of the Slave Songs of the U. S. the spiritual appears the reverse order of the above arrangement."

Plenty Good Room in John W. Work, edit., 1940, American Negro Songs and Spirituals, has completely different verses; not the same message (Not found in John Wesley Work, 1915, Folk Song of the American Negro as listed in the Cleveland Index).


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Subject: Same Train
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 06:15 PM

6. Same Train

1
Same train, same train
Same train carry my mother
Same train, same train
Same train carry my mother
Same train be back tomorrow
(Go to Verse 2 without pause)
2
Same train carry my brudduh.... (1st line of Verse 1 omitted)
3
Same train carry my sister.... (3 through 6- Begin as Verse 2)
4
Same train carry my Father ....
5
Same train carry my Deacon ....
6
Same train carry my Pastor ....
7
Same train a-blowin' at de station etc., "making the necessary rhythmic changes."
8
Same train carry eb'rybody etc. (making necessary rhythmic changes)

Note 1. In this song the first verse begins with the refrain, "Same train" omitting the 1st line of the melody; this 1st line is found in the succeeding verses.

"Note 2. Frequently the word "go" used as an auxilliary is inserted before the word "carry" and the melody is rendered with the following changes.

(Musical score differences shown)-
Bar 1. Same train go carry my brudduh
Bar 3. Same train go carry my brudduh
Bar 5. Same train go carry my brudduh
Bar 6. Same train go be back tomorrow.

Also collected on Frogmore Island, 1913; Carl Diton, 1928, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals, G. Schirmer Inc. NY


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Subject: Save Me Jedus, Save Me Now
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 07:50 PM

73. Save Me Jedus, Save Me Now

1
I'm goin' to climb up Jacob's ladder, Jacob's ladder
I'm goin' to climb up Jacob's ladder, Jacob's ladder
I'm goin' to climb up Jacob's ladder, Jacob's ladder
Save me Jedus, save me now.
2
I'm goin' to set at de welcome table, welcome table, etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
3
I'm goin' to march wid de tallest Angel, tallest Angel, etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
4
I'm goin' to see my lovin' mother, lovin' mother, etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
5
I'm goin' to shake right han' wid muh han' wid muh Jedus. etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
6
I'm goin' to mount up higher and higher, higher and higher, etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
7
God's goin' to set yo' sins befo' yo', sins befo' yo', etc.
Save me Jedus, save me now.
Lord, Have Mercy, R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro has different verses.


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Subject: Save Me Now, Save Me
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 07:56 PM

44. Save Me Now, Save Me

Solo
1
O yo' save muh brudduh
Chorus
Save me now save me
Solo
Save muh brudduh now, save me too
Chorus
Save me now save me.
2
O yo' save muh sister....
3
O yo' save muh mother....


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Subject: Sometimes Muh Trubble Mek Me Tremble
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:14 PM

108. Sometimes Muh Trubble Mek Me Tremble

1
Were yo' dere when dey crucified muh Lawd
Were yo' dere when dey crucified muh Lawd
O sometimes muh trubble mek me tremble, tremble
were yo' dere when dey crucified muh Lawd.

2
Were yo' dere when dey whipped him up Calvary
O sometimes muh trubble mek me tremble.
3
Were yo' dere when dey lead him to Pilate's bar, O sometimes etc.
4
Were yo' dere when dey nail him to de cross, O sometimes, etc.
5
Were yo' dere when dey pierced him in de side, O sometimes, etc.
6
Were yo' dere when he hung his head and died, O sometimes, etc.
7
Were yo' there when dey laid him in de tomb, O sometimes, etc.
8
Were yo' dere when he rose up f'um de dead, O sometimes, etc.

Widespread as Were You There; Did You Hear How They Crucified My Lord.


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Subject: Some Will Lub Yo' and Some Will Hate Yo'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:22 PM

82. Some Will Lub Yo' and Some Will Hate Yo'

Some will lub yo' some will hate yo'
trus' in Gawd and do de right
Oh do de right, do de right
trus' in Gawd and' do de right.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Sweet Watuh Rollin'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:26 PM

59. Sweet Watuh Rollin'

Sweet watuh rollin'
sweet watuh roll
Rollin' from de fountain
sweet watuh roll.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Too Late; also Cya' duh Key, Gone Home
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 09:46 PM

33. Too Late

Solo
Too Late- Too late sinner
Chorus
Ah too late
Solo
Too late- Too late sinner
Chorus
Carry de key and gone home
Solo
Maussur Jedus lock de do'
Lock de do' and tek de key
Chorus
Ah too late
Solo
Maussuh Jedus lock de do'
Lock de do' and tek de key
Chorus
Carry de key and gone home.

"Note: The second section of this song, after the 1st double bar, is sung as a relief not refrain to the 1st section which is constantly repeated- In the several repetitions of the 1st section the words are varied:

2. Too late, too late backsliders
3. Too late, too late liars
4. Too late, too late false pretenders
5. Too late, too late hypocrite

"And so on using as many different epithets at the command of the leader denoting moral derelicts."

"Note 2. Mr Aurelius J. Brown, the head in the Saint Helena Quartett sang also the following variations in the 2nd section-
(with score fragment)
Maussuh Jedus lock de door
Lock de do' and tek de key.
and the following in the 1st section-
Ah too late sinner."

The musical score is somewhat simplified in Johnson and Johnson, 1926, The Second Book of Negro Spirituals, and the text lacks verses 2-5.
The source is not given (from Mr. Ballanta-(Taylor?) and there is no list of references.

A variant was collected at Drayton Hall, Edisto Island, SC.

Cya'* Duh Key, Gone Home

1
Leader
Maussah Jedus lock duh do'
Congregation
Oh, too late.
Leader
Maussah Jedus lock duh do, Cya' duh key
Congregation
gone home.

Chorus-
Leader
Too late, too late fo' sinnuh,
Congregation
oh- too late
Leader
Too late, too late fo' sinnuh,
Congregation
cya' duh key,...
Gone home.
2
Lock duh do' en seal duh winduh,
Oh, too late.
Lock duh do' en seal duh winduh,
Cya' duh key, gone home.

With musical score

*cya' duh - carry the

A. T. Smythe et al., 1931, The Carolina Low-Country, Macmillan NY
This book has a fine collection of Low-Country spirituals; not included in the Cleveland Index.


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Subject: To See Gawd's Bleedin' Lam'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 09:47 PM

34. To See Gawd's Bleedin' Lam'

Chorus-
Want to go to heben when I die,
when I die, when I die,
want to go to heben when I die
to see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.

1
Jacob's ladder deep and long
deep and long, deep and long
Jacob's ladder deep and long
to see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.
2
See God's Angel comin' down, etc.
To see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.
3
Comin' down in a sheet of blood, etc.
To see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.
4
Sheet of blood all mingle wid fish, etc.
To see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.
5
Den yo' raise your voice up higher, etc.
To see Gawd's bleedin' Lam'.
6
An' yo' jine de heavenly Choir
To see the bleedin' Lam'.

Also in Johnson and Johnson, Second Book of Negro Spirituals, dedicated to H. L. Mencken!.


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Subject: T'ree Long Nights and T'ree Long Days
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 09:58 PM

57. T'ree Long Nights and T'ree Long Days

1
T'ree long nights and t'ree long days
Jedus walkin' down de lane
Walk Mary down de lane,
walk Mary down de lane. D. C.
2
In de mornin' ec.
Down de Lane.
3
Do believe, etc.
Down de Lane.
4
Jedus call yo', etc.
Down de Lane.
5
In de heben, etc.
Down de Lane.
6
Git me license, etc.
Down de Lane.
7
In my pocket, etc.
Down de Lane.
8
'Fraid nobody, etc.
Down de Lane.

Also in Johnson and Johnson, 1926, Second Book of Negro Spirituals, Walk, Mary, Down de Lane. Same verses.


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Subject: Walk in Jerusalem Jis Like John
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 11:11 PM

56 Walk in Jerusalem jis Like John

Chorus-
Ah Jerusalem Lawd
Ah Jerusalem Lawd
Ah Jerusalem Lawd
Walk in Jerusalem just like John.

1
Leader
Walk in Jerusalem
Chorus
All Gawd's people
Leader
Walk in Jerusalem
Chorus
Jis like John.
2
Walk in Jerusalem -my dear brudduh
Walk in Jerusalem -jis like John.

The words mother, sister, deacon, pastor, etc. may be used.

Variants widespread.
Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals collected a version on Frogmore Island, 1913, with the following verses:
1
Last Sunday morning (3x)
Walk in Jerusalem just like John
2
Train am a-coming, etc.
3
She is loaded down with angels, etc.
The song includes other material, a more complex song than the one from Saint Helena.


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Subject: Way Bye and Bye
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 02:06 PM

60 Way Bye and Bye

1
Way bye and bye
Oh way bye and bye
We goin' to hab a good time
Way bye and bye.
2
I goin' to meet my brudduh dere
I goin' to meet my brudduh dere
We goin' to hab a good time
Way bye and bye.
3
I goin' to meet my Father dere (or mother, sister, etc.)
4
We don't need no gambler dere, etc.
5
We don't need no drunkards dere, etc.
6
We don't need no hypocrites dere, etc.
7
We need good Christians dere, etc.

Way in de Heaven Bye-and-Bye, with slightly different musical score, was collected on Frogmore Island, 1913, by Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals, G. Schirmer Inc. NY.
Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Wheel in a Wheel
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 10:45 PM

1 Wheel in a Wheel

Chorus-
Wheel, wheel, wheel
O wheel, my Lawd
wheel, wheel Ezekiel said-
'Twas a wheel in a wheel.

1
Dark cloud risin' it looks like rain-
Dark cloud risin' it looks like rain-
Dark cloud risin' it looks like rain-
the sun drawing water from Emanuel's veins.

"Other parts as verse 1 with rhythmic alterations."
2
Git yo' bundle reddy I know it's time-
Git yo' bundle reddy I know it's time-
Git yo' bundle reddy I know it's time-
Yo' *cyan' tell de winter f'um de summer time.-
Cho.-
3
I wonder where is Moses he mus' be dead,-
I wonder where Moses is he mus' be dead,
I wonder where Moses is he mus' be dead,-
De chillun ob de Israelites cryin' fo' bread.
Cho.-
4
I wonder weh wuz Moses when de Church burn down-
I wonder weh wuz Moses when de Church burn down
I wonder weh wuz Moses when de Church burn down-
Standin' obuh yonder wid his head hung down.
Cho.-
*cyan', can't.

Also collected on Frogmore Island, 1913, Ezekiel Said Here Was a Wheel in a Wheel. Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals.


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Subject: When de Train Comes Along
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 09:11 PM

10. When d Train Comes Along

1
When de train comes along
When de train comes along
I'm goin' to meet yo' at de station
When de train comes along.
2-7
Ef mah mother ax for me,
3-Ef mah father ax for me,
4-Ef mah sister ax for me,
5-Ef mah brudder ax for me,
6-Ef mah deacon ax for me,
7-Ef mah leader ax for me,

Tell her (him) death done summon me
I'm goin' to meet yo' at de station
when de train comes along.

"Note: The 1st verse is sung again after all relationships have been exhausted."

A similar variant posted in thread 97553; from Frogmore Island, SC, coll. 1913. Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals.


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Subject: When I Am Gone, Gone, Gone
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 09:28 PM

42. When I Am Gone, Gone, Gone

1
When I'm gone, gone, gone
when I'm gone to die no mo'
Church I know yo' goin' to miss me when I'm gone.
2
Yo' goin' to miss me by muh walk
Yo' goin' to miss me by muh talk
Church I know yo' goin' to miss me when I'm gone.
3
Yo' goin' to miss de wuk I do
Yo' goin' to miss me f'om muh pew
Church I know yo' goin' to miss me when I'm gone.
4
Yo' goin' to miss me fo' muh song
Yo' goin to miss me all day long
Church I know yo' goin' to miss me when I'm gone.

When I'm Gone in W. A. Fisher, Seventy Negro Spirituals, has the emphasis on 'Don't grieve after me'.


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Subject: When I Git in Heben in Muh Elbow Chair
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 09:47 PM

90. When I Git in Heben in Muh Elbow Chair
(How Yo' Do Believer How yo' Do Today- (See that title)

1
When I git in Heben in my *elbow chair
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan
Then I will rock like an angel rock
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.

Chorus-
Obuh Jerdan obuh Jerdan
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan
obuh Jerdan, obuh Jerdan, obuh Jerdan
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.

2
One mornin' by de break of day
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan
Heard a voice and saw no one
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.
3
'Twas King Jedus passin' by
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan
'Twas King Jedus passin' by
T'ank Gawd I git obuh Jerdan.

*An elbow chair in furniture terminology has an angled back to fit in a corner and doesn't rock; a variant correctly states 'rocking chair'.


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Subject: Who Lock de Lion's Jaw
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 09:57 PM

39. Who Lock de Lion's Jaw

1
Who lock, who lock de lion
Who lock, who lock de lion
Who lock, who lock de lion
Who lock de lion's jaw.
2
God lock, God lock de lion's jaw
3
De door lock   gone to heaven
Who lock de lion's jaw (last line)
4
De key lost   gone to hebben
who lock de lion's jaw (last line).

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 1)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 02:17 PM

75. Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 1)

1
All night wrastlin' Jacob's all night
All night till de break ob day
O we will wrastle, wrastle all de night
Till de break ob day.
2
All night dear young convert all night
All night till de break ob day
O we will wrastle, wrastle all de night
Till de break ob day.
3
All night my dear brudduh, all night, etc.

(Sister, Father, Mother, Pastor, Deacon etc. for other verses).


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Subject: Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 2)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 03:17 PM

103. Wrastlin' Jacob (No. 2)

1
Wrastlin' Jacob let me go
Wrastlin' Jacob let me go
Wrastlin' Jacob let me go
I will not let yo' go.
2
Day is a-breaking Jacob let me go
I will not let yo' go.
3
When yo' bless muh soul I'll let yo' go
I will not let yo' go.

Cf. R. N. Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro, 'Raslin' Jacob
An additional verse:
When I'm sinkin' down, pity me
I will not let you go.


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Subject: Yo' Better Run, Run, Run
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 03:35 PM

54. Yo' Better Run, Run, Run

1
Yo' better run, run, run,
Yo' better run, run, run
Yo' better run, run, run, and run in time
Keep yo' hand upon de throtle
And yo' eyes upon de prize.
2
If yo' cyan' sing like angels
And yo' cyan' preach like Paul
Yo' can tell de lub ob Jedus
Yo' can say he died fo' all.
3
Oh when my mother gib me obuh
Goin' to let God's bosom be my pillow
Hide me Oh thou Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages, cleft for me.

Ryythmic alterations to suit the words of other verses (shown with music)
2. If yo' cyan'   sing like angels etc.
3. Oh what my mother   gib me obuh etc.


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Subject: Yo' Better Run to de City of Refuge
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 03:46 PM

53. Yo' Better Run to de City of Refuge

Chorus-
Yo' better run.
Yo' better run
Yo' better run
To the City of Refuge
Yo' better run.

Solo
1
Dere was some he prayed and prevail-
Dey caught him at Jerusalem and put him in jail
He stan' his trial in de name of de Lawd
For he know he had a buildin' not made wid hand. D. C.
2
Daniel sat in de lion's den
By de hand of wicked men
Prayed to de Lawd and de Lawd come down
An' de jaws ob de lions dey were boun'.

The Chorus after every verse is started thus:
Now yo' better run, etc. (with music)


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Subject: Yo' Cyan' Find a New Hidin' Place
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 04:24 PM

36. Yo' Cyan' Find a New Hidin' Place

Chorus-
Yo' cyan' find a new hidin' place
Lead-
Oh sinner
Chorus
Yo' cyan' find a new hidin' place

1
Ef religion wuz a t'ing dat money could buy
De rich would live and de po' would die.

Lead-
Oh Gambler-
Chorus
Yo', etc.

2
But I t'ank de Lord dat it is not so
De rich a' de po' togedder must go.
Cho. Yo' cyan' find a new hidin' place.
3
I run to de rocks an' de rocks fall in
I run to de sea an' de sea run dry.
Cho. Yo' cyan' find a new hidin' place.

Note1: The Leader starts the chorus with the exclamatory words, "Oh Sinner, O Gambler, O Liar, O Hypocrite" etc. in the last bar of the Verse.

Compare Cyan' Hide Sinner Cyan' Hide.


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Subject: Yo' Go, I Go wid Yo'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 05:06 PM

98. Yo' Go, I Go wid Yo'

Yo go, I'll go wid yo'
Open yo' mout', I'll speak fo' yo'
Lawd, ef I go tell me what to say
They won't believe in me.
2
Lawd, I give my self away
'Tis all that I cyan do
If thou should draw Thyself f'um me
Oh! whither shall I go?
3
The archangels don' droop their wings
Went on Zion hill to sing,
Now, yo' go, I'll go wid yo'
Open yo' mouth, I'll speak fo' yo'
Lawd, if I go tell me what to say,
Dey won't believe in me.

Lyrics divorced from the music in the printing of this spiritual.

You Go, I'll Go with You, Carl Diton, Thirty-six South Carolina Spirituals, collected Frogmore Island, 1913, has solo and chorus parts, the music integrated with the words.

You Go, I'll Go with You
Chorus-
Oh, you go, I'll go with you,
Open your mouth, I'll speak for you.
Solo-
Lord, when I go and tell them what you say,
Chorus-
They will not believe in me.

Father, I stretch my hands to Thee,
No other help I know
If Thou turn Thyself away
Oh, whither shall I go.

Oh, He gave me a ticket and He told me to go,
He gave me a horn and He told me to blow,
And if I blow my lungs away,
The Lord will fix it in the coming day.

You Go, I'll Go wid You
The Second Book of Negro Spirituals
Jonson and Johnson

You go, I'll go wid you
Open your mouth, I'll speak for you,
Lord, if I go, tell me what to say,
Dey won't believe in me.

Oh, Lord, I give myself to Thee,
'Tis all dat I can do;
If thou should draw thyself from me,
Oh, wither shall I flee?

De archangels done droop dere wings,
Went up on Zion's hill to sing;
Climbin' Jacob's ladder high,
Gwine reach heab'n by an' by.

Oh, you go, etc.


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Subject: Yo' Mus' Hab dat True Religion
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 06:21 PM

2. Yo' Mus' Hab dat True Religion

Chorus-
Yo' mus' hab dat true religion
Yo' mus' hab yo' soul converted
Yo' mus' hab dat true religion
Yo' cyan' cross dere.
1
Weh yo' goin' po' sinner
Weh yo' goin' I say
I am goin' down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
Yo' cyan' cross dere
O yes, yo' etc.
Cho.- Yo' {D. S. after each verse

2
Weh yo' goin' liar
Weh yo' goin' I say
I am goin' down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
Yo' cyan' cross dere
O {
3
Weh yo' goin' gambler
Weh yo' goin' I say
I am goin' down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
Yo' cyan' cross dere.
O {
4
Weh yo' goin' hypocrite
Weh yo' goin' I say
I am goin' down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
Yo' cyan' cross dere
O {
5
Weh yo' goin' backslider
Weh yo' goin' I say
I am goin' down to de ribbuh ob Jerdan
Yo' cyan' cross dere.
O {

You Mus' Hab dat True Religion in Johnson and Johnson, The Second Book of Negro Spirituals, has the same verses, and closes by repeating the chorus;
Lord knows, You mus' hab etc.

'Whar you gwine po' sinnah', etc.


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Subject: Yo' Publican, Yo' Pharisee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 08:05 PM

63. Yo' Publican, Yo' Pharisee

Yo' publican, yo' pharisee
Yo' feed among de swine
Yo' go to God wid yo' lip and yo' tongue
Yo' leabe yo' heart behind.

Wasn't dat a mighty day, Hallelu, Hallelu-
Wasn't dat a mighty day when Jedus Christ wuz born.

Not recorded in other collections.


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 04:07 PM

Entry of spirituals complete. A little checking to do....


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Subject: RE: St. Helena Island Spirituals Permathread
From: GUEST,Phiil d'Conch
Date: 17 Aug 17 - 06:01 PM

De good nyews bout Jedus Christ wa Luke write: the Gospel according to Luke, in Gullah Sea Island Creole, with marginal text of the King James Version

Sea Island Translation and Literacy Team; Summer Institute of Linguistics; Wycliffe Bible Translators (New York: American Bible Society, 1998, ©1995.)

Note: This has been the accepted spelling & pronunciation in classic Gullah & Bahamian Creole since Moses was a pup.


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