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Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness

Richie 08 Apr 10 - 11:35 AM
Richie 08 Apr 10 - 12:12 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 08 Apr 10 - 04:27 PM
GUEST,999 13 Feb 12 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness
From: Richie
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 11:35 AM

Hi,

I know this minstrel song is in the DT but Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness is also a spiritual.

It's spawned several traditional versions under the titles:

How Did You Feel When You Come Out of the Wilderness

I Am Leaning on the Lord

How Did You Feel

Come Out of the Wilderness

Anybody know lyrics for spirituals with the old lyrics that include: Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness

Apparently the spiritual was popular in 1800s and early 1900s.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness
From: Richie
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 12:12 PM

Here's the earliest version I know:

GO IN THE WILDERNESS- "Slave songs of the United States" by Allen, Ware and Garrison first published in 1867

VERSE: If you want to find Jesus, go in the wilderness,
Go in the wilderness, go in the wilderness,
Mournin' brudder, go in de wilderness,
I wait upon de Lord.

CHORUS: I wait upon de Lord, I wait upon de Lord,
I wait upon de Lord, my God, who take away de sin of the world.

You want to be a Christian, go in the wilderness,
Go in the wilderness, go in the wilderness,
Mournin' brudder, go in de wilderness,
I wait upon de Lord.

Doesn't have the "Ain't I Glad I Got Out of de Wilderness" line tho.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 04:27 PM

"Ain't I glad I got out of the Wilderness" seems to date to 1858, in the song Down in Alabam posted in thread 11138 and song sheets Ain't I Glad to Get Out of the Wilderness, of the Civil War period. A Hampton song indicates that it is earlier.

See thread 11138: Out of the Wilderness

I have found one Black religious song with that line, although several have only 'go in the wilderness'.

Leanin' on de Lord, sung at Hampton. One student there said "My father sang this hymn, and said he knew a time when a great many slaves were allowed to have a revival for two days, while their masters and families had one......"
The version the student had:

Go in de wilderness,
Leanin' on de Lord.

Oh, brother how d'ye feel,
when ye come out de wilderness,
come out de wilderness,
come out de wilderness.
When ye come out de wilderness,
Leanin' on de Lord.

R. Nathaniel Dett, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as sung at Hampton Institute, Hampton Institute Press, Hampton, VA.

Dates not stated, but if it was sung by slaves, it is pre-Civil War.


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Subject: RE: Ain't I Glad I Got Out of The Wilderness
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 12:19 PM

Tell me how did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
How did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
How did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
Lean and lonely lord

Well, I felt like shouting, when I came out of the wilderness.
I felt like shouting, when I came out of the wilderness.
I felt like clapping, when I came out of the wilderness.
Leaning on the Lord

Well, I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
I told everybody, when I cme out the wilderness.
Lean and lonely Lord

Tell me how did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
How did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
How did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
Lean and lonely Lord

Well, I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
Lean and lonely Lord

Well, I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
Lean and lonely Lord

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Ain't I glad to get out of the wilderness

Notes: This well-known (camp meeting?) hymn/song was likely the basis of many contrafacta (see, e.g., H.T. Bryant, Balm of Gilead). The burlesque jubilee group Olympia Quartette sang a contrafactum called Hard-shell Baptist, found in Olympia Quartette Songster (New York: New York Popular Publishing Co., n.d. [ca. 1881]), p. 9, LC, Music Division, Dumont Collection.

Lyrics:

1st tenor: I've got a sister in de wilderness
All: De wilderness, de wilderness.
2nd tenor: I've got a brother in de wilderness,
All: Working for de Lord.
Baritone: I've got a cousin in de wilderness, de wilderness, de wilderness
Basso: I've got an uncle on the Bowery, working against de Lord.
Chorus
Hard shell Baptist git out de wilderness (repeat 2x)
Hard shell Baptist git out de wilderness, Wait for de Lord.

Verse 2 begins "Didn't my Lord deliver Brother Daniel" and verse 3 begins "But my Lord he didn't like Pharaoh."

Anthologies for "Hard-shell Baptist": Williams & Sully's Dandy Colored Coons Songster (New York Popular Publishing Co., n.d.), LC, Music Division, Dumont Collection
Recordings: Ain't I glad… is part of Balm of Gilead as recorded by Harry C. Browne, Early Minstrel Songs Recorded 1916–1923 (British Archive of Country Music, BACM CD D 076).


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