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Thread #7873   Message #740867
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
02-Jul-02 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Mary don't you weep--meaning
Subject: RE: Mary don't you weep--meaning
Another example of "Oh, Mary Doan' Yer Weep," in Fisher's "Seventy Negro Spirituals," also illustrates WYSIWYG's argument. The verses have no relation to eash other; the singers just sang what came to mind from other spirituals.


Oh, Mary, doan' yer weep, doan yer moan (twice)
Pharaoh's army got drownded,
Oh, Mary, doan' yer weep.

Ain't been to heaven, but I' been told,
Streets is pearl an' de houses is gol',
Pharaoh's army got drownded,
Oh, Mary, doan' yer weep.

Don't know what my mother stays here fer,
Dis worl' ain' verey good to her,
Pharaoh's etc.

Jesus done jes' as He said,
He heal de sick an' he rais' a dead,
Pharaoh's etc.

This adds three more floating verses to those in the two versions posted by WYSIWYG. Fisher, W. A., 1926, Seventy Negro Spirituals, Edited by William Arms Fisher for Low Voice, pp. 127-129 with full sheet music.

Other spirituals in this book include "Do Doan' Yer Weep Fer De Baby," which may be used to console for the loss of a baby or to allude to the death of Jesus, and "Weepin' Mary," more specifically referring to the mother of Jesus. All of the verses of "Mary and Martha" get mixed into the stew as well.