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Thread #59194   Message #941487
Posted By: Charley Noble
27-Apr-03 - 05:35 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Fight Wid Ole Satan
Here's another Gospel song from my mother's nursemaid Ella Madison. I can't seem to find a trace of this one anywhere else but would appreciate any comments.


(From singing of Ella Madison in early 1920's as collected by Winifred (Wendy) Holt)

I had a fight wid ole Satan de odder night,
As I lay half awake;
Ole Satan, he come to my bedside
An' me he began to shake;
He shook me long an' he shook me strong,
He shook me plumb outa bed;
He done grab me by de collar and he looks me in the face,
An' whaddaya reckon he said?

Whad he say, Aunt Jane?
Whad he say?

"All de gole in de mountain,
All de silber in de mine,
Shall all belong to you, Aunt Jane,
If you will only be mine."
He led me to de winder an' the sight was dark
An' de moon was shinin' bright;
De hills an' the mountains all aroun'
Lay terror to my sight;
He said, "All des t'ings will be yours while you live
If you will be my general when you die."
But I look ole Satan right plumb in de eye
An' whaddaya t'ink I said?

Whaddaya say, Aunt Jane?
Whaddaya say?

"Getcha gone, ole Satan! Don't you ever come 'round here again;
You might fool a white man wid dat tale
But you can't fool yo' ole Aunt Jane;
Live humble, humble youself,
I got glory an' honour, praise Jesus!"

Charley Noble