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Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...

lorigt@teleport.com 10 Jan 98 - 02:23 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Oct 05 - 11:01 PM
Peace 30 Oct 05 - 02:42 PM
Peace 30 Oct 05 - 02:46 PM
GUEST 13 Nov 05 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,LGKoho 04 Apr 09 - 07:09 PM
JohnInKansas 05 Apr 09 - 12:20 AM
GUEST,999 14 Dec 09 - 01:29 AM
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Jim Dixon 14 Dec 09 - 01:49 PM
GUEST 30 Jan 10 - 01:49 PM
GUEST,Also curious 26 Jun 11 - 02:58 PM
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From: lorigt@teleport.com
Date: 10 Jan 98 - 02:23 PM

My father and his sister used to sing a crazy song about a guy who was dared to spend a night in a haunted house. One part I remember is "It ain't no disgrace to run when you get scared". There was a verse about him running through the woods nose to nose with a deer. "Five long miles, I have run, without getting tired, and I'm gonna run some more, cause it ain't no disgrace to run when you get scared".... Anyway remember the song? Both my father and aunt have been gone for many years and I'd love to have the rest.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyrics:"It Ain't No Disgrace to Run"
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 11:01 PM

I've gleaned this information from several web sites:

Ernest Hogan and Chris Smith wrote 'TAIN'T NO DISGRACE TO RUN WHEN YOU ARE SCARED in 1903.

Bob Roberts recorded 'TAIN'T NO DISGRACE TO RUN WHEN YOU ARE SKEERED in 1904.

Bert Williams recorded 'TAIN'T NO DISGRACE TO RUN WHEN YOU'RE SKEERED in 1921 but the recording was apparently never released.

I was unable to find any current recordings or lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics:'It Ain't No Disgrace to Run'
From: Peace
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:42 PM

It T'ain't No Disgrace To Run When You Are Scared (1903) Ernest Hogan/ Chris Smith (as medley)
쳌@쳌@CD: The Past Is Yet To Come / Craig Ventresco

Don't know if the cut is on the CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics:'It Ain't No Disgrace to Run'
From: Peace
Date: 30 Oct 05 - 02:46 PM

CRAP. Sorry. Forget the above post and the link. Just saw that that song isn't on the track listing. My apologies.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Tain't No Disgrace To Run When You're...
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 05 - 12:29 PM

Hi,
Yes it is on the CD but only as part of an instrumental medley; "Back to Baltimore". I have the Roberts Zonophone 78 of this song and can supply a tape eventually.... Great tune!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: GUEST,LGKoho
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 07:09 PM

Hi all - it was 11 years ago when I put this request in and gave up that there would be a response. Now that I'm checking in 2009, I see lots of folks have heard it.

To the guest who has it on 78, I'd love a copy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 12:20 AM

well ... four years might be long enough for something that was coming "eventually," but we may have a little problem identifying who "Guest 13 Nov 2005" was.

Anybody want to'fess up?

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 01:29 AM

American Negro Folk-Songs - Google Books Result

Google the above.

I found that with a google of

"the noise he made while running fast"


Use the quotations, just as is.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:59 AM

I just read all the lyrics posted in the link I gave. Had I read the lyrics before posting I would not have posted the info at all.


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'TAIN'T NO DISGRACE TO RUN WHEN YOU ARE..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 01:49 PM

Here's my transcription from a sound file at The Internet Archive:


'TAIN'T NO DISGRACE TO RUN WHEN YOU ARE SKEERED
As sung by Bob Roberts (1904)

[VERSE?] There was a haunted mansion down in a southern town,
And big Sam Jones was called the bravest coon for miles around.
One hundred bills to anyone who'd in that mansion stay.
Sam said, "There's easy money; that reward they'll have to pay."
Then to the mansion Samson went to make himself a home.
When midnight came, a spook he said, "Why, Sam, we're all alone."
"Don't make that 'we' so strong," Sam said, while reachin' for the shelf.
"Just let me get my clothes, kind sir; then you'll be by yourself.

[CHORUS?] "'Cause it ain't no disgrace to run if you are scared.
I'll find my way back home about [or "without"?] bein' ...(?)[rhymes with "scared"]
"We've run," said the ghost, "till my legs are sore."
"That's nothin'" said Sam. "We're gonna run some more,
'Cause it ain't no disgrace to run if you are scared."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 01:49 PM

Hi,
I also own the Roberts Zonophone of this song and would be happy to put in on cd.
My e-mail is:
craigventresc0@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint
From: GUEST,Also curious
Date: 26 Jun 11 - 02:58 PM

my grandfather used to sing this song to me. I dont remember all of it and I'm not sure if these are the exact words but here is what I say when I sing the second verse.

sam's little girl he loved so much lived down the country lane
said sam i'll go to her tonight and to her i'll explain
but just before he reached the path a form appeared in white
sam turned around ran down the lane and soon was out of sight

the noise he made while runnin fast scared up a big wild deer
sam and that deer ran neck and neck both running full of fear
Sam beat that deer ten yards or more while yelling full of glee
you better get that rockin chair off your head and try to catch up with me

chorus


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'TAINT NO DISGRACE TO RUN, WHEN YOU ARE..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 03:02 AM

From the sheet music at Baylor University:


'TAINT NO DISGRACE TO RUN, WHEN YOU ARE SKEERED
Words by James Burris; music by Ernest Hogan and Chris Smith
Detroit: The Whitney Warner Pub. Co., ©1903

1. There was a haunted mansion down in a southern town.
Sam Johnson was the bravest coon, was known for miles around.
One hundred bills to anyone who'd in that mansion stay.
Sam said, "Dat's easy money; dat reward they'll have to pay."
Then to that mansion Johnson went to make himself a home.
When midnight came a spooky said, "Why, Sam, we're all alone."
"Don't make dat 'We' so strong," said Sam, while reaching for the shelf.
"Just let me get my clothes, my dear, and you'll be by yourself.

CHORUS 1: " 'Cause 'tain't no disgrace to run if you are skeered.
For five long miles I've run widout being steered."
The ghost said, "We have run till I am sore."
"Dat's nothing," said Sam. "We're gwine to run some more,

'Cause 'tain't no disgrace to run if you are skeered."

2. Sam's little girl, he loved so dear, lived up a country lane.
Sam said, "I'll go to her this night and to her I'll explain;"
But just befo' he reached the house, a form he saw in white.
Sam turned at once, run down the lane, and soon was out of sight.
The noise he made while running fast, scared up a big wild deer.
The deer and Sam ran nose and nose, both running full of fear.
Sam beat the deer, ten yards or more, then yelled back full of glee:
"Better take that rockin' chair off your head, and try and catch up with me."

CHORUS 2: " 'Cause 'tain't no disgrace to run if you are skeered.
For five long miles I've run widout being steered,"
If de ghost had av gained, I'd a made a bet
Dat Sam an' de deer would be a-running yet,

'Cause 'tain't no disgrace to run if you are skeered."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: Flash Company
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 10:43 AM

Sounds like a relative of 'Me an' Brother Bill' as featured by the immortal Louis:-

Brother Bill said 'Boy, what's the matter with you?
Don't know where you goin' but I'm goin' too!

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Taint No Disgrace to Run When You're...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 11:12 AM

The idea that black people are inordinately afraid of ghosts is one of those ugly stereotypes that have been passed down to us, along with eating watermelons, stealing chickens, and carrying razors.

If I wanted to perform this song, I would expunge any reference to race, explicit or implied.


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