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Lyr Add: O Lord Dese Bones of Mine


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Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Sep 09 - 12:58 PM
Jim Dixon 28 Sep 09 - 02:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: O Lord Dese Bones of Mine
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 12:58 PM

Lyr. Add: O Lord dese bones of mine comin' together in de mornin'
St. Helena Island spiritual

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'.
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'.

No. 86, with musical score 4/4, pp. 70-71, Nicholas George Julius Ballanta-(Taylor), 1924, "Saint Helena Island Spirituals," recorded and transcribed at Penn Normal Industrial School, St. Helena Island, Beaufort Co., South Carolina. G. Schirmer, Inc., NY.

The "Dry Bones," R, M. Kennedy, "Mellows," in the DT, is related.

The "Dem Bones," and "Dese Bones," enumerating the bones of the body, seem to be a later development of gospel origin. A full and earlier version of the one beloved of the gospel quartets was printed in Sandburg, 1927- it does not seem to have been entered the Mudcat precincts.

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From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 02:26 PM

From Old Plantation Hymns: A collection of hitherto unpublished melodies of the slave and the freedman, with historical and descriptive notes by William Eleazar Barton (Boston: Lamson, Wolffe and Company, 1899), page 11, where it is given with musical notation for one voice:


1. What kind of shoes is dem you wear
Come togedder in de mawnin'.
Dat you may walk upon de air?
Come togedder in de mawnin'.

CHORUS: An' a Lawd, dese dry bones of mine*
Shall come togedder in de mawnin'.

2. If you get dah befo' I do,
Come togedder in de mawnin'.
Look out for me. I'm comin' too.
Come togedder in de mawnin'.

[*I'm not sure how to interpret the notation given here, but I suspect this line is sung 3 times as in Q's example above.]

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