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Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard

Dicho (Frank Staplin) 18 Oct 01 - 09:36 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 22 Oct 01 - 06:02 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 22 Oct 01 - 06:18 PM
wysiwyg 22 Oct 01 - 06:29 PM
wysiwyg 22 Oct 01 - 06:31 PM
masato sakurai 23 Oct 01 - 12:04 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Oct 01 - 09:31 AM
masato sakurai 15 Feb 02 - 11:16 PM
GUEST,Adam 23 Sep 10 - 03:27 PM
Pigankle 23 Sep 10 - 03:42 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 23 Sep 10 - 06:21 PM
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Subject: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Oct 01 - 09:36 PM

Negro spiritual? Work says: "Death had a very prominent place in the mind and songs of the slave." He sang "of death and the glories of Heaven where he would receive those things that were denied him." From J. W. Work, American Negro Songs and Spirituals, 1940, p. 127.

SOMEBODY'S BURIED IN THE GRAVEYARD

Somebody's buried in the graveyard,
Somebody's buried in the sea,
Going to get up in the morning a shouting,
Going to join jubilee.

1. Although you see me coming along so,
To the promised land I'm bound to go.

2. I have some friends before me gone,
By the grace of God I'll follow on.

3. Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
But still my soul is heavenly bound.

@religion @spiritual


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:02 PM

Before this thread is buried in the graveyard, I thought I'd respond. Has this song been recorded? I only read music when someone places a loaded pistol to my temple.. It's good to see your moniker popping up all over the place. We seem to hang out at the same threads..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:18 PM

Trying to add a little to WYSIWYG spirituals project. This one fit with another posted recently. Haven't looked through recordings recently, but I doubt that this one is recorded. Work's book gives the music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:29 PM

Masato will know; he has a huge discography.

Jerry, you only need Noteworthy software-- I can do up tune files for any you want to learn.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:31 PM

... and it's not MY project! It's everyone's!

*G*

~S~


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Subject: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: masato sakurai
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 12:04 AM

Sorry, no sound recordings in my possesion. No item under this title in Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943 (Oxford). Only reference in Brunnings, Folk Song Index and the Cleveland Public Library's Index to Spirituals is to the Work book. However, there's another worksong version (with no music) in John Lovell, Jr., Black Song (p. 531):

As far back as May 1916 there was an article on the recording of spirituals in the Literay Digest. George A. Miller was reported in this article as trying to get down songs he had heard on his father's plantation. Two of the recorded songs were reproduced: "Trouble Gwine ter War'y Me Down" and "Somebody Buried in de Graveyard." The latter song, according to the report, was sung by three cotton hoers as they went up and down the long cotton rows, keeping time with their hoes. Its words were as follows:

Somebody buried in de graveyard,
Somebody buried in de sea;
Gwine ter git up in de mornin' shoutin'
Gwine ter sound de jubilee.
If you git dare befo' I do,
You run an' tell de Lord,
I'm er comin' on too--Oh!
Somebody dyin' in de mount'in'
Somebody dyin' in de baid,
Gwine ter git up in de mornin' shoutin'
Gwine ter rise up from de daid.
If you git dare befo' I do,
You run an' tell de Lord,
I'm er comin' on too.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:31 AM

Thanks, Masato: Before I'm buried in the graveyard, maybe I'll decide to learn to read music.. Actually, I know how. I just find myself resisting, I guess, because it is impossible to reduce human emotions, voices and inflections down to dots on a page. Still glad that we have the musical notation though. Many years ago, I learned a version of Cryderville Jail from one of the Lomax folksong books. When I sang it for a friend of mine, Dave Van Ronk, he relaly liked it and asked wherre I got it. When I told him, he said, "That's not what it sounds like in my book" Maybe reading music badly isn't such a handicap, after all.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Feb 02 - 11:16 PM

There is an earlier record of this song in John Wesley Work, Folksong of the American Negro (1915; reprinted Greenwood, 1969, p. 60), with one verse ("Sometimes I'm up...") and chorus. No music.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: GUEST,Adam
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 03:27 PM

I don't know if the melody is the same, but Uncle Dave Macon recorded a song he called "Mysteries of the World." that uses these lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Pigankle
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 03:42 PM

Whoops - I posted that last comment without being logged in. ... Mysteries of the World was rereleased on Laugh Your Blues Away, Rounder 1028 (1979). I have a copy that came from Juneberry 78s.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 06:21 PM

Correction to Masato, 15 Feb. 02:
Work, 1915, Folk Song of the American Negro, contains the three verses posted by Dicho from Work, 1940, and a musical score, p. 34. No information on provenance.
Several spirituals with music are not included in the Index.

The 1915 book was reproduced in facsimile by Negro Universities Press, NY,1969.


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