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Lyr Add: Hard Trials

wysiwyg 20 Sep 01 - 09:52 PM
masato sakurai 20 Sep 01 - 10:38 PM
wysiwyg 20 Sep 01 - 10:57 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 21 Sep 01 - 12:46 AM
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wysiwyg 21 Sep 01 - 09:39 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Jan 05 - 07:42 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 09:52 PM

See also:

Hard Trials, Befo' De War Spirituals

Hard Trials, Songs Of Zion (Nix)

Hard Trials, Hampton And Its Students (Armstrong, Ludlow)

Hard Trials, Fisk Jubilee Songs

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HARD TRIALS
Traditional Negro Spiritual

Oh the foxes have holes in the ground
And the birds have their nests in the air,
And everything has a hiding place,
But us poor sinners ain't got nowhere

REFRAIN:
Now ain't them hard trials
Great tribulations, hard trials
I'm about to leave this land

You may go this away, you may go that away
You may go from door to door
But if you haven't got the good Lord in your heart
The Devil will get you sure

Christian, Christian, that's my name
Christian till I die
I was baptized on the Christian side
And a Christian I will die


SOURCE:
Park New Choir, http://parknewchoir.free.fr/

@spirituals

SH


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: masato sakurai
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 10:38 PM

H.T. Burleigh's arrangement (1909)is in American Memory, Library of Congress. Just put in "hard trials" in the search box. The lyrics are (stanzaic divisions I've made might be incorrect):

Been a-lis'nin' all de night long,
Been a-lis'nin' all de day,
Been a-lis'nin' all de night long,
For to hear some sinner pray.

Now ain't dem hard trials, great tribulation?
Ain't dem hard trails?
I'm boun' to leab dis lan'

O, de foxes dey hab holes in de groun',
An' de birds hab nests in de air,
An' ev'ry thing has a hidin' place,
But us po' sinners ain't got nowhere.

Now ain't dem hard trials, great tribulation?
Ain't dem hard trails?
I'm boun' to leab dis lan'

O, Methodis' is my name, Methodis' till I die,
I've been receiv'd in de Methodis' church,
But I'll die on de 'Picopal side.

Now ain't dem hard trials, great tribulation?
Ain't dem hard trails?
I'm boun' to leab dis lan'

You may go dis-away, You may go dat-away,
You may go fum do' to do;
But if yo' ain't got de good Lord, in-a yo' soul
Why de debbil's gwine to git you sho,

Now ain't dem hard trials great tribulation?
Ain't dem hard trials?
I'm boun' to leab dis lan'.

Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 10:57 PM

I'm boun' to thank yo soul.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Sep 01 - 12:46 AM

Fenner (1874) has still a different variant in the North Carolina-Armstrong-Hampton site:
Cho:
De fox hab hole in de groun'
An' de bird hab nest in de air,
But we, poor sinners, hab none.
Now ain't dat hard trials, great tribulation,
Ain't dat hard trials, I'm bound to leabe dis worl'.
1. Baptist, Baptist is my name
Baptist 'til I die,
I'll be baptize in de Baptist name,
An' I'll lib on the Baptist side.
2. Methodist, Methodist is my name, etc.
3. Presbyterian, Presbyterian is my name, etc.
4. You may go dis-a way, You may go dat-a way,
You may go from do' to do',
But ef you habn't got de grace ob God in your heart,
De Debil will get you sho'
5. Now while we are marchin' along dis dreadful road,
You had better stop your different names,
An' ebry t'ing have a hiding place,
But we, poor sinners, have none.

Most unusual in the call for unity among the varieties of faith. I didn't check the sheet music of the American Memory site, given by Sakurai, against that given with this version, but the verse structure seems to call for some variance here too. Verses 1-3 also live on in Appalachian-Southern white song. Which came first?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Sep 01 - 08:44 PM

Four more verses to "Hard Trials," from Lomax 1930, the first two from Georgia, the last two from Texas.

Some say John was a Methodist,
And some say John was a Jew;
But de Holy Bible tells us
Dat John was a preacher, too.

Up stepped old Satan,
With a black Bible under his arm;
Says he, "My Lord give me justice,
Den some ob dese people is mine."

Sinner man lay sick in bed,
Death come a-knockin' at de do';
Says he, "Go 'way, Death, come in, doctor.
I ain't ready to go."

Christian man lay sick in bed,
Death come a-knockin' at de do';
Says he, "Come in, Death, go 'way, doctor.
Ise ready to go."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Sep 01 - 09:39 PM

These are great!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: HARD TRIALS
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 07:42 PM

Still another version.

Lyr. Add: Hard Trials

The foxes have holes in the ground.
The birds have nests in the air,
Christians have a hiding place
But we poor sinners have none.

Chorus (faster)
Now ain't them hard trials, tribulations?
Ain't them hard trials?
I'm going to live with God.

Old Satan tempted Eve,
And Eve, she tempted Adam;
And that's why the sinner has to pray so hard,
To have his sins forgiven.

Oh, Methodist, Methodist is my name,
Methodist till I die;
I'll be baptized on the Methodist side,
And a Methodist I will die.

Oh, hardshell Baptist is my name,
Hardshell till I die;
I've been baptized in the Baptist faith,
Going to die on the hardshell side.

While marching on the road,
A hunting for a home,
You had better stop your diff-frent names
And travel under God.

With music, 4/4, p. 43
Selected by Gilbert Clifford Noble, 1911, "The Most Popular Plantation Songs," Hinds, Noble and Eldridge, New York City.

Related spiritual:

Lyr. Add: Trying to Get Home

Lord, I'm bearin' heavy burdens,
tryin' to get home (repeat 5 times)
Lord, I'm climbin' high mountains,
tryin' to get home (repeat 5 times)
Lord, I'm standin' hard trials,
tryin' to get home (repeat 5 times)

John W. Work, "American Negro Songs and Spirituals," p. 55, with music, 4/4.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hard Trials
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Mar 05 - 01:36 PM

Above indexed in Spirituals Permathread. If any more songs with new titles are posted here, please take a moment to list them in the Permathread so that they can be indexed.

~S~


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Subject: Add: CLIMBIN' HIGH MOUNTAINS (TRYING TO GET HOME)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Mar 05 - 02:03 PM

Here's how we'll do TRYING TO GET HOME (posted above).

~S~

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CLIMBIN' HIGH MOUNTAINS (TRYING TO GET HOME)
Learned from the singing of Benjamin Matthews on Canti Classics CD THREE GENERATIONS. Adapted, arranged, and new verses (C) 2005 by Susan O. Hinton for The Good News-Goodtime Band, from arrangements by Betty Jackson King and, in American Negro Songs and Spirituals, John W. Work.

1. Climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.
Climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.
Climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.
Lord I'm climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.

2. Burden gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.
Burden gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.
Burden gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.
Lord my burden gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.

3. Standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.
Standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.
Standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.
Lord I'm standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.

4. Follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.
Follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.
Follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.
Lord I'll follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.

5. Still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.
Still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.
Still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.
Lord I'm still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.

SH

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Indexed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hard Trials
From: Richie
Date: 25 May 10 - 11:33 AM

Anyone have Blind Willie McTell's lyrics for "Climbing High Mountains, Tryin' To Get Home"?

Richie


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Subject: Add: CLIMBIN' HIGH MOUNTAINS 2
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 03:02 PM

For Absalom Jones commemoration:

CLIMBIN' HIGH MOUNTAINS (TRYING TO GET HOME)
Learned from the singing of Benjamin Matthews on Canti Classics CD THREE GENERATIONS. Adapted, arranged, and new verses (C) 2012 by Susan O. Hinton for The Good News-Goodtime Band, from arrangements by Betty Jackson King and, in American Negro Songs and Spirituals, John W. Work.

1. Climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.
Climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.

Climbin' high mountains,
Climbin' high mountains,

(Lord I'm) climbin' high mountains,
Tryin' to get home.


2. Load gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.
Load gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.

Load gettin' heavy,
Load gettin' heavy,

Load gettin' heavy,
Tryin' to get home.


3. Standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.
Standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.

Standin' hard trials,
Standin' hard trials,

(Oh I'm) standin' hard trials,
Tryin' to get home.


4. Follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.
Follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.

Follow King Jesus
I will follow King Jesus

Lord I'll follow King Jesus
Tryin' to get home.


5. Still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.
Still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.

Still on my journey,
Still on my journey,

Lord I'm still on my journey,
Tryin' to get home.

SH


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hard Trials
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 04:21 PM

Blind Willie McTell's version can be downloaded mp3 at amazon,com, http://www.amazon.com/Climbing-High-Mountains-Trying-Home/dp/B000QN7XTW
Album "Blind Willie McTell and the Regal Country Blues."

Also youtube- Climbing High Mountains, Tryin' to Get Home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYILQPpmIJrc


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