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Lyr Add: Done Made My Vow to the Lord

wysiwyg 11 Sep 01 - 12:51 AM
masato sakurai 11 Sep 01 - 01:22 AM
wysiwyg 10 Feb 09 - 11:42 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 10 Feb 09 - 10:16 PM
GUEST,Real Lyrics 28 Aug 12 - 09:46 PM
Joe Offer 28 Aug 12 - 11:49 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Aug 12 - 03:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: DONE MADE MY VOW TO THE LORD
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 12:51 AM

See also DONE MADE MY VOW in songbook LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING.

~S~



DONE MADE MY VOW TO THE LORD
Traditional Negro Spiritual


REFRAIN:
Done made my vow to the Lord
And I never will turn back.
I will go, I shall go
To see what the end will be.
Done opened my mouth to the Lord
And I never will turn back.
I will go, I shall go
To see what the end will be.

VERSES:

LEADER: Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.
LEADER: But still my soul is heav'nly bound
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.

LEADER: I'll pray and pray and never stop,
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.
PEOPLE: Until I reach the mountain top,
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.

LEADER: If you get there before I do,
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.
LEADER: Tell all my friends I'm coming too,
PEOPLE: See what the end will be.


SOURCE:
American Negro Songs, 230 Folk Songs and Spirituals, Religious and Secular. John W. Work, Dover Publications, Mineola, NY 1998. Orig. pub. Crown Publishers, NY, 1940. ISBN 0-486-40271-1.

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SH

E-mailing tune to Joe Offer for inclusion in Mudcat MIDI pages (see QUICKLINKS).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: DONE MADE MY VOW TO THE LORD
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 01:22 AM

The tune is somewhat similar to "Go Down, Moses," so the two may be related. The line "sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down" is also used in "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See." Jeanette Thompson (soprano) sings "Done Made My Vow" (arr. E. Boatner) in her album Negro Spirituals (Pavane Records ADW 7267), in a slow and mournful way.

Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: DONE MADE MY VOW TO THE LORD
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 11:42 AM

Also on the late Thea Bowman's out of print audiotape, Thea Bowman - Songs of My People. Moving rendition. Putting this in my travel-and-sing set. I've written about her elsewhwere at the Cat-- this song, she LIVED.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Done Made My Vow to the Lord
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 10:16 PM

Recorded by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (Album title "Fisk Jubilee Singers"), on Folkways Records. The sound is poor.

(Omitted from "Index to Negro Spirituals," Cleveland Public Library, CBMR Monographs, No. 3.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Done Made My Vow to the Lord
From: GUEST,Real Lyrics
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 09:46 PM

those are not the real lyrics the are.


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Subject: ADD Version: Done Made My Vow to the Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 11:49 PM

I came across a version of this recorded by a women's quartet called "Meta Four." The song is basically this chorus sung over and over:


    Done made my vow to the Lord
    And I never will turn back.
    I will go, I shall go
    Since I have been set free.
    Done made my vow to the Lord
    And I never will turn back.
    I will go, I shall go
    Since I have been set free.


-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Done Made My Vow to the Lord
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Aug 12 - 03:01 PM

"I Made a Vow to the Lord" is the title of several variants.

I made a vow to the Lord
I made, a vow to the Lord
I promised him I'd go
Every step of the way
I made, I made, I made
I made, I made a vow
To the Lord, Oh yes I did.
Sometimes, O Satan
Gets on my track
Don't you know he tries
So many times to turn me back
But I know I've got to go on
And stand up to my test
For I made a vow
I got down on my knees
One Sunday morning to the Lord.
Did you make a vow to the Lord
Did you make, a vow to the Lord
Did you promise him
You'll go every step of the way
Did you promise the Lord
that you would run every step of the way'I made a vow
I made a vow.
Gospel Keynotes, Juanita Bynum, on youtube and lyrics on the net.

Also Regina McCrary with the B C and M Mass Choir on youtube.


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