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Thread #35605   Message #487106
Posted By: Burke
19-Jun-01 - 01:51 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
Subject: RE: Help: turtledove done drooped his wings
Here are the words you're wondering about as transcribed in the notes for the Lomax recording. They sound accurate to me. The chourus:
Adam and Eve, do, do
Adam and Eve, don't tell it to me.
Just meet me at the door, don't tell it to me.
There's sa-sa-la-do on sa-la-sa-ree.

and it's O when i get to heaven, I know the rule.

I don't think I'd try to hard to make sense out of this song. It's a spiritual going back to slave times. It seems like the words are only half remembered anyway since the solfege is likely to be filler for forgotten words.

Bessie Jones was originally from north Georgia & moved to the Sea Islands when she married.