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Lyr Add: Band of Gideon

Richie 12 Apr 10 - 08:30 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Apr 10 - 09:58 PM
Jim Dixon 14 Apr 10 - 08:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr add: Band of Gideon
From: Richie
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 08:30 PM

Hi,

I believe the African-American Spirituals thread was looking for this:


Lyr Add: BAND OF GIDEON
Gideon's Band; or, De milk-white Horses- Fenner 1874; Same music in Fisk Jubilee Singers

The explanation which has been given us of the origin of this curious hymn is, we think, invaluable as an example of the manner in which external facts grew to have a strange symbolical meaning in the imaginative mind of the negro race.

In a little town in one of the Southern States, a Scriptural panorama was exhibited, in which Gideon's Band held a prominent place, the leader being conspicuously mounted upon a white horse. The black people of the neighborhood crowded to see it, and suddenly, and to themselves inexplicably, this swinging "Milk-White Horses" sprang up among them, establishing itself soon as a standard church and chimney-corner hymn.


[Solo joined by All] Oh, de band ob Gideon, band ob Gideon,
Band ob Gideon, ober in Jordan,
Band ob Gideon, Band ob Gideon,
How I long to see that day.

Oh, de milk-white horses, milk-white horses,
Milk-white horses, ober in Jordan,
Milk-white horses, milk-white horses,
How I long to see that day.

DUO--I hail to my sister, my sister she bow low,
Say, don't you want to go to hebben,
How I long to see that day.

CHORUS: Oh, de twelve white horses, twelve white horses,
Twelve white horses, ober in Jordan,
Twelve white horses, twelve white horses,
How I long to see that day.

Oh, hitch 'em to the chariot, hitch 'em to de chariot,
Hitch 'em to de chariot, ober in Jordan,
Hitch 'em to de chariot, hitch 'em to de chariot,
How I long to see dat day.

2. DUO--I hail to my brudder, my brudder he bow low,
Say, don't you want to go to hebben?--
How I long to see dat day!

CHORUS--Oh, ride up in de chariot, ride up in de chariot,
Ride up in de chariot ober in Jordan;
Ride up in de chariot, ride up in de chariot--
How I long to see dat day!

It's a golden chariot, a golden chariot,
Golden chariot ober in Jordan;
Golden chariot, a golden chariot--
How I long to see dat day!

3. DUO--I hail to de mourner, de mourner he bow low,
Say, don't you want to go to hebben?--
How I long to see dat day!

CHORUS--Oh, de milk an' honey, milk an' honey,
Milk an' honey ober in Jordan;
Milk an' honey, milk an' honey--
How I long to see dat day!

Oh, de healin' water, de healin' water,
Healin' water ober in Jordan
Healin' water, de healin' water--
How I long to see dat day!

The words are from Fenner 1874 and under different titles appear in Fisk Jubilee songbook and other song books with the same basic arrangement. The Fisk Jubilee singers recorded it in 1912 on an Edison disk under the title "Band of Gideon" even though it's titled Gideon's Band.

A different popular song from 1961 was also titled Gideon's band and versions of this song later combined with Uncle Noah's Ark. Apparently the 1961 song was from a minstrel song and also a camp meeting song- neither of which I've located.

Other info and versions are welcome,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr add: Band of Gideon
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 09:58 PM

The song was also printed in later Hampton editions;
R. N. Dett, 1927, Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as Sung at Hampton Institute, Hampton Institute Press, and later edition by AMS Press.
Music solo, duo and Chorus.

Also printed in Johnson, J. W., The Book of American Negro Spirituals, Vol. 1,   De Band O' Gideon, somewhat different arrangement.


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Subject: RE: Lyr add: Band of Gideon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 08:37 AM

The song, with its sheet music, can be seen in Hampton and Its Students by Mary Frances Armstrong, Helen Wilhelmina Ludlow, Thomas P. Fenner (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1874), page 242.


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