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Lyr Add: Draw Lebel (SC Low-Country spiritual)

Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Jul 10 - 02:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Draw Lebel (SC Low-Country spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 02:53 PM

Lyr. Add. Draw Lebel
Edisto Island, SC

Draw Lebel*, de ainjul am a-comin' down,
Comin' down, comin' down,
Draw lebel, de ainjul* am a-comin' down,
Down tuh duh groun'.

Draw membuhs, draw,
Draw roun' duh haltuh*,
Fraw, membuhs, draw,
Draw tell de break ob day.
Draw, deacon, draw, etc.
Draw, preacher, draw, etc.
Draw, sistuh, draw,
Draw roun' duh haltuh,
Draw sistuh, draw,
Draw tell de break ob day.

Etc., etc., etc.

draw lebel- draw level. Supposed to have been originated to accompany the motion of levelling the rice-measures.
ainjul- angel
haltuh- altar

Interesting in that the comparison is to a motion in their work. Beaufort area dialect, pre-WW2.

Augustine T. Smythe et al., 1931, The Carolina Low-Country, the Macmillan Company. "Spirituals, Words and Music," Music edited by K. C. Hutson et al., pp. 229-327.
Spirituals not listed in Cleveland Index.

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