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Thread #35605   Message #486413
Posted By: Burke
18-Jun-01 - 06:16 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
Subject: RE: Help: turtledove done drooped his wings
You can hear Bessie Jones sing it on the Lomax Recording, Georgia Sea Island Singers Southern Journey, V. 12: Georgia Sea Islands -- Biblical Songs and Spirituals.

The CD has fairly long notes on this song. From memory, it was not a Sea Island song, but one Smith learned from a grandfather? There is a Turtle Dove in Southern Harmony & some Sacred Harp editions, that is entirely different. The line of syllable uses both do & re so it is actually do-re-mi (7 syllable) rather than the 4 syllable of Sacred Harp.