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Lyr Req: several Old Gospel songs

GUEST,rich joy 30 Jun 01 - 11:57 PM
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Subject: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,rich joy
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 11:57 PM

Hi! - I'm a MudcatThreadVirgin, but here goes : Does anyone have the lyrics of the following old Gospel numbers : This Song of Love (middle georgia singing convention #1) / Happy On the Way (fa sol la singers)/ If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul (Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers) / I Know That Jesus Set Me Free (the same Ernest)/ Don't Make It Too Late (Mrs L. Reed & Mrs TA Duncans) / There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven (Virginia Dandies) :- the recordings I have are very hard to decipher!! Also, if anyone knows of a link to the music scores for the first two shape-note songs, I'd be grateful (S-N hymnals are almost unheard of, here DownUnder!!) And while I'm at it - what about the lyrics of (I Found A) Hiding Place (Carl Story / Johnson Mtn Boys)??? - those boys sing too fast for my ears and my hand!!! Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,rich joy
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 12:42 AM

It's me again - I should have said that I have already tried the Cyber Hymnal and the Hymnsite, but can't ever seem to access the website at subnet.virtual-pc for some reason ... Are there any other good sites?? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 12:56 AM

try tying [NO HIDING PLACE] in the search block

it is in the DIGITRAD DATABASE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 02:17 AM

Hi Rich Joy--

Kiss that virginity goodbye! *G*

A lot of us here share your interest but are not online every day-- please bookmark the thread so you can easily find it again, and keep posting in it to refresh.

I may have some of these and I'll start looking.

Also please check this-- I found it earlier this evening and I have not yet had a chance to check all the links contained:

HERE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 02:20 AM

ooops, sorry, hit SUBMIT too fast--

Please also e-mail me, OK?

~Susan

motormice@hotmail.com


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Subject: Lyr Add: HAPPY ON MY WAY (Thomas J. Farris)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 02:14 PM

Hope this is the one you're looking for.
HAPPY ON MY WAY

by Thomas J. Farris, Copyright 1939 by Stamps-Baxter Music

Soon I'll leave this world of sin and sorrow,
Meet my blessed Lord some glad tomorrow,
Over on the hallelujah shore, Where parting comes no more;
Won't that be a happy, happy meeting, Over where the angels sing,
Friends are waiting there for me, I know, with Christ my King.

CHORUS: I'm on my way To the land where all is perfect love
To dwell, ever dwell, up there, over there.
Where sad partings all will be o'er, forever,
Where angels sing, angels sweetly sing,
And the joybells ever ring, gladly ring.
What a happy meeting over there.
On heaven's shore, heaven's glory shore.

Traveling the road that leads to glory,
Singing ev'ry day, the sweet old story,
Telling to the world of His great love.
Of that sweet home above;
There's a narrow way from earth to heaven,
That's the only way for me,
Burdens are much lighter on this road, I'm glad and free.

With my blessed Lord I'm daily talking,
Closely to His side each moment walking,
Traveling along from day to day,
He's with me all the way;
Happy on my way I'm daily singing
Praising Him who made me free
That is why I'm on the glory road To victory.

Source: "Gospel Tide" Our 1939 Book for Singing Schools, Conventions, Etc., Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Co., Inc.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF THE LIGHT HAS GONE OUT (C J Williams)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 02:27 PM

Here's another one.

IF THE LIGHT HAS GONE OUT

by Curtis J. Williams, 1917

When the sun of your life has gone down,
And the clouds in the west turn to gold, (turn to gold,)
Endless night then to you will have come,
If the light has gone out in your soul.

Chorus:
O just think how in death you will feel, (you will feel,)
With the light growing dim in your soul; (in your soul;)
O how lonely 'twill be! O how still! (how still!)
When the light has gone out in your soul.

When you come to the end of the way,
And life's story for you has been told, (has been told,)
O how sad all to you will appear,
If the light has gone out in your soul.

When before judgment's bar you shall stand,
And the deeds that have here had control, (had control,) Good and evil appear, O what then?
If the light has gone out in your soul.

Source: "Songs We Sing Complete" Jacob A. Filber, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1954


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jul 01 - 03:09 PM

Hey guys--

CLICK HERE!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,rich joy
Date: 02 Jul 01 - 02:43 AM

Thanks to WYSIWYG for that great swag of info!! Thanks to Nathan in Texas for "If the Light has Gone Out of Your Soul"; sadly "Happy on the Way" is a different song - mine is about being happy "on the Shining Way to the Land of Light" sort of thing!! Thanks Guest, but "NO Hiding Place" is a different song to my request for "I FOUND A Hiding Place". Cheers from Down Under.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jul 01 - 10:54 AM

Hey all--

Don't forget if you post more songs, please do like Nathan in Texas did and title the post with ADD and the song title-- that will make them much more findable later. If ya forget, just post again with the right post title and say "page up" to find the song.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Burke
Date: 02 Jul 01 - 06:59 PM

I recently picked up a CD with This Song of Love & listened to a short cut of Happy on the Way at CD now.

Both of these sound like 7 shape Gospel songs. Even though Happy on the Way says fa sol la singers, it is not in The Sacred Harp.

The first pass through the music is singing the notes. If you can hear people singing re's and do's you know you have 7 shape. I don't know a good source for this stuff in print, much less online. Conventions like the Middle Georgia one recorded would put out a new book every year that contained a mix of favorites along with new songs. The number of these books published prior to 1940's is almost unlimited.

If you want to take a look at 4 shape music see Southern Harmony.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 12:10 AM

Rich Joy,

Do you have recordings of all of these? If so I have a way of transcribing them from tape.... if you can pull off copies, I will not only transcribe, I'll put the copies in the Gospel Tape Lending Library.

(And learn about half of the taped material to use in our weekly service.)

I will start going though my books this evening, so... stick around.

BTW, is your name Rich Joy, or is that descriptive of you?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: TNDARLN
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 09:57 AM

Rich Joy- is "on the Shining Way to the Land of Light" a direct quote? [you said "sort of thing"] I found a "Happy All the Way" with the ending phrase "With the Savior at my side, I'm always fully satisfied, I am happy, yes, happy all the way." So many gospel song titles are take offs on other titles......

T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 10:19 AM

T, can you go ahead and post that? (See FAQ thread for details on making line breaks-- they will not post as composed without HTML codes inserted.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: TNDARLN
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 10:27 AM

Don't mind tryin', but I've never done this HTML thing. Give me awhile to play around with it, ok? T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Burke
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 10:59 AM

Send me an e-mail & I'll do it for you T.

B. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 02:29 PM

TD-- Me too. Any time, and in any amount. And soon I will have a character-reading scanner. Caramba!

Now I gotta say this-- I AM SO PISSED OFF!

You folks have music I don't have! I gotta have it! (In my head, my ear, my heart, my mouth, my church.)

I could not find ANY of the requested material in ANY of my books, and I have A LOT OF BOOKS.

My conclusion is that there is a whole genre I am missing.

I wanna go to a good camp meeting. Help! Where? When? How handicap-accessible?

Take me Jesus!

LOL.

But really. I spent a whole night surfing looking for camp meetings, cuz I never been and I think it's time.

HELP!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: TNDARLN
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 02:48 PM

I have a tremendous need to some way catalog what I do have. Getting books is not a problem- knowing where to find a specific song is. I'm thinking about scanning the indices of the books that have them, and keeping that close by the computer. But what about books that don't have an index/TofC? Any ideas out there?

And as for finding books, get thee to an antique mall! [I share this only because I know I can't possibly get to them all! I bought 4-5 on the way to MLAG, and the neat thing is, that they're by publishers I'd never heard of- so many regional variances! 'course, I'm still partial to Stamps-Baxter, and Vaughan....

T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jul 01 - 05:16 PM

T, I keep a binder with xeroxes (or scans) of all tables of contents, for just that reason. BUT... next I will have a character-recognition scanner. THEN I can convert the tables into TEXT and puderize 'em!

You'd think someone with lots of time could do it for us on a grant or something.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,Rich Joy
Date: 07 Jul 01 - 09:37 PM

Thanks "Burke" for that interesting stuff on recognising Shape-Note songs. "TNDARLN" - yes, it's a direct quote - the chorus is something like : "... on the Shining Way / To the Land of Light / Going where the blessed .../ Where there come no night / Oh what joy...near.../...holy.../Oh how happy on the Shining Way/ To the Promised Land". Somehow though, the whole sound in this song with the "fa sol la singers", is redolent of a fairground steam organ sound!! It's very cheery (and charming). "WYSIWYG" I have some of the songs on tape and some on CD, but I have NO idea how to do more than 2-finger-type on a PC!!! (mine's not exactly state-of-the-art either). Re lyrics in general, I have M/S Works files (and I guess I can upgrade them to M/S Word without too much drama) that contain words of around 140 "folk-ish" songs and around 100 "jazz-ish/nostalgia" songs. (They are each divided into 5 alphabetical files). I don't mind sharing these with the lyric-loving, song-searching world, but apart from file-attaching them to an email to someone, I don't have a CLUE (or indeed, much time) on how to submit them. I have lots of songbooks too - but that's another story... Re the Camp Meeting / Revival / Brush Arbour songs - I have a particular quirky predilection for these, but rarely find books with the words. Most down here seem to contain the Wesleyan, or, Sankey style of hymn, rather than the down-to-earth, joyful, "folky" types that I like!! WYSIWYG, many of my requested titles came from the recent re-issues of old collections like : The Music of Kentucky and The Half Ain't Ever Been Told - both on Yazoo. I have very little on CD due to the now exorbitant cost in Oz, of purchasing music from overseas - plus our devalued $, the G & S Tax, the unemployment situation - none of these help the situation either!!! Re my name - "rich" and "joy" are parts of my given and middle names. My partner "christened" me "richjoy" awhile back, in the hopes that the meaning of the appellation would rub off on me, both in terms of monetary richness AND richness in joy - esp. as his name is Paul (poorl)!!! (I'm still working on both...)Cheers from DownUnder.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 02:21 AM

RJ, you are a treat. Be sure to stick around Mudcat a long time.

As far as posting your lyrics, it can take awhile to learn how. The FAQ thread (top of the thread list) has some tips. I can help post them for you if you want, but we usually post them one at a time and then often people will say what they know about them, too, in a discussion. You can e-mail me anything you would like to post until you know how to do the line breaks and follow the lyric format.

It sounds like you do have a lot of material I have not yet heard. Sigh... I hope to get to it someday. Soon we will have a new computer that can do the online song circles around here-- do you know about them? We get online on our modems and sing, taking turns, and the voices go right through the lines. It's a wonderful way to swap songs. Maybe I can learn some of yours that way. You see we actually DO those old things in our Episcopal Church here in Pennsylvania-- it's a little odd for an Episcopal church but it is not our main service where we do them so the "regular" people don't get too bent out of shape.

If you want to e-mail me, it's:

motormice@hotmail.com

And please do look at the Gospel Tape Library thread-- I will refresh it onto tonight's list so you can find it.

Welcome again to Mudcat!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Burke
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:00 PM

Refreshing & relisting the requested songs in a (hopefully) usable list.

This Song of Love (middle georgia singing convention #1)
Happy On the Way (fa sol la singers) - not: by Thomas J. Farris, Copyright 1939 by Stamps-Baxter Music
If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul (Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers) - done above
I Know That Jesus Set Me Free (the same Ernest)
Don't Make It Too Late (Mrs L. Reed & Mrs TA Duncans)
There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven (Virginia Dandies)
(I Found A) Hiding Place (Carl Story
Johnson Mtn Boys)


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOW BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE
From: GUEST,Kicky C
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 11:11 PM

Is the song you are looking for "There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven? actually "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be? It starts out:

We read of a place that's called heaven
It's made for the pure and the free
These truths in God's Word He hath given
How beautiful heaven must be

How beautiful heaven must be (must be)
Sweet home of the happy and free
Fair heaven of rest for the weary
How beautiful heaven must be

I have the rest of the lyrics if that is the song.

Kickyc

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 2-Dec-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,RichJoy
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 10:33 PM

Thanks Burke, for that Refresh and Relist!

Sorry KickyC. - that's not my HeavenCity number! - mine has a chorus that runs something like : I'm bound for that beautiful city / My Lord has prepared for his own / Where all the redeemed of all ages / Sing glory around the white throne / Sometimes I get homesick for heaven / And the glory of earth shall behold / What a joy that will be, when my Saviour I see / In that beautiful city of gold.

Thanks to all who've helped so far. Cheers from Down Under!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:24 PM

Still looking!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: TNDARLN
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 07:55 AM

'tis done! I just finished scanning the TOCs from my gospel song book collection- 'knew I had a few, but turns out there's 73 of 'em!! Oops, didn't count the last two I just got from Ebay, but then, they're really hymnals.
I don't find the "There's a Beautiful City/Heaven", and I'll have to look for the others later. And I'll certainly try to do lookups as requested. Right now I'm in the backtoschoolgottageteverythingdonebefore mode, so it may take a while.....;)
I will mention this: in the process of looking for, say, Carter Family songs in these books, I found that often the titles used on recordings are not even close to the title the songwriter gave their song. The title for "On a Hill Lone and Gray" is actually "Calvary". 'don't even remember how I found that one....sometimes there's an index of first lines; but sometimes there's not even a connection.....
T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Burke
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 04:57 PM

This Song of Love (middle georgia singing convention #1)

I have a recording of this on How Can I Keep from Singing, v. 1 (Yazoo 2020) I could not figure out all the words, but here's a start for checking hymnals. I could not find it in a general Google search or at cyberhymnal.

I am going home to heaven
That land that ?????
At Jesus' side (at Jesus side), at Jesus side
All my sins have been forgiven, I'm walking ??????
This song of love (this song of love) is in my heart.

Chorus has too many overlapping words for me to figure out.

RichJoy if you can give 1st lines for any of these, we have a better chance of finding them. If you give recording info, we can see if we own & listen to them as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 12:36 AM

Well, where are we at on all these? Anything new? I have been keeping my eye out as I go through spirituials books, but nope!

TNDARLN, did your scans produce text files by any chance, or just images?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 04:20 AM


TNDARLN & WYSIWYG:

I hate to be pessimistic, but I have tried scanning indexes and tables of contents - using very good scanners and the best of commonly available OCR (optical character recognition) software, and I doubt that you will be very satisfied with the results you get with that method.

With very clean originals, OCR error rates are still high enough that you do so much "correcting" that it really is just as easy to type your own list. With the kind of originals you can scan out of an old book, you are going to get mostly garbage.

Even if your typing skills are fairly modest, entering a book at a time should not take long. (And by the time you get all of your stuff indexed, your typing skills will be greatly improved.)

I found when I got to about a dozen music books I was always doing the "I know I've got that but where is it" thing. I started putting everything into two simple lists in Word.

One list shows a "Short Name" for each book, then tab, and then lists the full description of the book.

The second list is "Song Title, tab, ShortName, tab, page number" for each song I might want to find. I fequently list alternate titles, and you could include "first lines" or other key information if you think it will be useful to you.

Because of the kinds of books I've collected, I also add a column (another tab) to show whether the song has music, lyrics (no of verses), etc., but that would depend on your needs.

An important advantage of having all of the titles in one list is that you can add new entries at the bottom and then sort the whole list, alphabetically or however else you want. (In Word, look at the "Table" tab to find "Sort.")

With the title first, Word will sort (by paragraphs) about 300 pages or so on my rather wimpy PC (64M RAM). By the time you get past that, you can probably figure out how to make overlapping sorts on a larger list.

My current index of songs is at about 36,137 Titles, from 186 Books and 207 CD/tape sources. The point is not that I have a great collection, but that I have an index. I find it quite easy to keep the index up to date, but only if I enter each new book immediately after I get it. If they back up, the task looks HUGE!

If you put off making your index until that magic machine (Scanner or whatever) shows up, you'll never get it done. The machine you're waiting for will never get there, or it won't be quite good enough to actually do the job.

Start a list. Use Word, Excel, a database, or one of those cute little inventory programs like MyInventory. But start a list - with one book now, and add one next week.

End of lecture.

Actually, I don't mean to sound negative, but waiting until it's easy is not going to get the job done.

Of course, that's unless you can find some sucker to do it for you!

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Banjer
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 08:20 AM

John that's pretty much true in all things we do. I used to have this terrible habit of starting something and then getting frustrated because I didn't finish it the same day. Result was I quit undertaking any task that looked like it could not get finished in the time I alloted. NOW...I found a few years ago just start the project, do what ya can, and finish it later....I have accomplished so much with this new mindset that I often wonder what I could have done in life had I thought this way earlier on!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 09:35 AM

For those who may not know, there's a searchable index for the Sacred Harp hymnal at http://www.fasola.org


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: masato sakurai
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 11:27 AM

Additional info on CDs other than the ones posted above.

"This Song of Love" is in Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music (no. 46)
"If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul" is in Kentucky Gospel (Document) and The Music of Kentucky, vol. 1 (Yazoo).

Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: GUEST,Deepwter1@aol.com
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 09:09 PM

Looking for lyrics to song called fast almost mountain music sound heard it from a blue grass picker but he doesn't have all the words Would appreciate any help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Gospel Lyrics
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 01:46 AM

Huh?

GUEST, Deepwter1@aol.com, please clarify your request. With the lack of capital letters, it's a bit difficult to figure out the song's name.

Also, it's usually better to start a new thread with the prefix Lyr Req for each request. Otherwise, they are likely not to be found when buried in another thread.

And welcome to The Mudcat Cafe. If you click on the "Membership" tag at the top of this page, you can enjoy all the "rights and privileges" (whatever the heck those may be) for free.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: several Old Gospel songs
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Jun 11 - 01:54 PM

Today I heard "Happy on the Way" online on Venerable Radio. It sure is a different-sounding shape note song.

It's available on Religion Is A Fortune: Sacred Harp Singing (County Records 3542).

Old Weird America has the track available for listening here (scroll down to it) and says, "Another shape-note singing black group was recorded in Atlanta in 1931. Calling themselves "The Fa Sol La Singers", their four recorded sides are available on another Document Cd intituled "Black Vocal Groups vol.4″" There's another track there, "Jesus Walk With Me". (Old Weird America is a blog exploring Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music".)

He also says "Some black communities had also shape-note singing on meetings and "conventions" and used the same books as the whites, with the addition, in New Jersey, South Alabama and Florida communities, of "The Colored Sacred Harp", a book compiled by Judge Jackson in 1934. Their singing style and repertoire resembles those of the whites communities but has a distinctive African-American feeling."

Here's a site for "The Colored Sacred Harp". Unfortunately, there's no table of contents there.

Here's a prior Mudcat discussion (also from 2001) on African American versus white shape note singing communities and traditions.

~ Becky in Tucson


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