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Lyr Add: One Morning Soon

Dicho (Frank Staplin) 11 Nov 01 - 02:32 PM
masato sakurai 27 Nov 01 - 02:26 AM
masato sakurai 27 Nov 01 - 09:47 AM
WyoWoman 27 Nov 01 - 10:16 AM
wysiwyg 12 Feb 02 - 02:19 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 02 - 03:07 PM
masato sakurai 07 May 02 - 07:48 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 07 May 02 - 09:44 PM
wysiwyg 07 May 02 - 11:15 PM
masato sakurai 08 May 02 - 11:07 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 02:32 PM

ONE MORNING SOON

One morning soon, one morning soon, my Lord,
One morning soon, I heard the angels singing.

Angels on high, singing on high, my Lord,
Singing on high, I heard the angels singing.

Singing good news, singing good news, my Lord,
Singing good news, I heard the angels singing.

All in my room, all in my room, my Lord,
All in my room, I heard the angels singing.

All over my head, etc.

Down on my knees, etc.

Jes' before day, Lord, jes' before day, Lord, etc.

One morning soon, etc.

Sung by Mandy Tartt, Sims Tartt and Betty Atmore, Livingston, Alabama. Very attractive simple tune.
American Memory, Lib. Congress site. John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States recording Trip.
@religion @spiritual @gospel.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 27 Nov 01 - 02:26 AM

The sound recording is HERE. Alternate recording of the same song titled "Heard de Angels Singin'" sung by Albert "Tied-tongue" Allison, Dock Reed and Vera Hall is HERE.
Lydia Parrish recorded this song (titled "I Heard the Angels Singin'")in Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands (1942; U. of Georgia Pr., 1992, pp. 140-141, with music):

I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'

Chorus:
One mornin' soon
One mornin' soon
One mornin' soon
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Lawd, Ah wuz down on my knees
Down on my knees
Down on my knees
Ah heard the angels singin'.

No dyin' there
No dyin' there
No dyin' there
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Ah heard the angels singin' Lawd
Ah heard the angels singin'
Ah heard the angels singin' Lawd
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Well, there's no weepin' there
No weepin' there
No weepin' there
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Lawd, it wuz all 'roun' me shine
All 'roun' me shine
All 'roun' me shine
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Lawd, it wuz all over my head
All over my head
All over my head
Ah heard the angels singin'.

Lawd, it wuz all aroun' my feet
All aroun' my feet
All aroun' my feet
Ah heard the angels singin'.

An earlier related version is in Hampton and Its Studens (1874, p. 246, with music; also in Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, new ed., 1920; AMS, 1973, p. 74):

HEAR DE ANGELS SINGIN'

1
Oh, sing all de way, sing all de way,
Sing all de way, my Lord,
Hear de angels singin'.
We're marchin' up to Hebben, its a happy time;
An' Jesus is on-a de middle line;
Dem-a Christians take up too much time;
Dey're idlin' on dat battle line;
Hear de angels singin'.

2
Now all things well, an' I don't dread hell;--
Hear de angels singin',
I am goin' up to Hebben' where my Jesus dwell;--
Hear de angels singin'.
For de angels are callin' me away,--
Hear de angels singin',
An' I must go, I cannot stay,--
Hear de angels singin'. CHO.--Oh, sing, &c.

3
Now take your Bible, an' read it through,--
Hear de angels singin',
An' ebery word you'll find is true;--
Hear de angels singin'.
For in dat Bible you will see,--
Hear de angels singin',
Dat Jesus died for you an' me,--
Hear de angels singin'. CHO.--Oh, sing, &c.

4
Say if my memory sarves me right,--
Hear de angels singin',
We're sure to hab a little shout to-night,--
Hear de angels singin'.
For I love to shout, I love to sing,--
Hear de angels singin',
I love to praise my Hebbenly King,--
Hear de angels singin'. CHO.--Oh, sing, &c.

~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGING
From: masato sakurai
Date: 27 Nov 01 - 09:47 AM

Another variant from Solomon, Honey in the Rock: The Ruby Pickens Tartt Collection of Religious Folk Songs from Sumter County, Alabama (p. 17; words only):

I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGING

1
One day 'bout noon
One day 'bout noon
One day 'bout noon
I heard the angels singing.

2
Heaven's in my view
Heaven's in my view
Heaven's in my view
I heard the angels singing.

3
Just above my head
Just above my head
Just above my head
I heard the angels singing.

4
All in my room
All in my room
All in my room
I heard the angels singing.

One more variant is recorded in Byron Arnold, Folk Songs of Alabama (1950, p. 160), which I don't see.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: WyoWoman
Date: 27 Nov 01 - 10:16 AM

Very nice. I thought this might be "Soon One Morning, (Death Come Walking in my Room ...)" but it's completely different. I'll add this to my repertoire. These are such great songs to get groups of people singing and harmonizing together on.

Thanks, WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Feb 02 - 02:19 PM

All the above indexed.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 02 - 03:07 PM

Here are the Lomax fragments in their field notes. I am hearing some different verses in the recording that I don't see in the versions above or in the Lomax notes. Obviously some of these are floating verses frozen in time, that at the time they were frozen were actually being created on the spot.

Singing' come home, etc,

All in my room, etc.

Singin' Good News, etc.

All over my head, etc.

One mornin' soon, etc.

~Susan


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 May 02 - 07:48 PM

I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'
(Sung by Alma Robinson, who said, "My grandmother, who died in August, 1943 at the age of 82, used to take me on her knee, look up to heaven, and hear the angels sing. It was her favorite song and is mine, too.")

Chorus:
One mornin' soon, one mornin' soon,
One mornin' soon I heard the angels singin'.
Down on my knees down on my knees,
Down on my knees I heard the angels singin'.

Verse 1:
I believe, I believe
I believe, I heard the angels singin'.
My soul King Jesus will receive
I heard the angels singin'.

Chorus 2:
I couldn't keep from cryin', I couldn't keep from cryin'
I couldn't keep from cryin', I heard the angels singin'.
I jes had to moan, I jes had to moan,
I jes had to moan when I heard the angels singin'.

Verse 2:
Some of these morning's bright and fair
I heard the angels singin'.
Goin' ta take my wings and try the air;
I heard the angels singin'.

Chorus 3:
One mornin' soon, one mornin' soon,
One mornin' soon I heard the angels singin'.

SOURCE: Byron Arnold, Folksongs of Alabama (University of Alabama Press, 1950, p. 160; with music)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 May 02 - 09:44 PM

The Lomax notes, as with many of the songs, are incomplete and sometimes incorrect.
All of the verses of the two versions are incorporated in the first posting, except "Singing come home," which I missed but you caught. Sometimes "Soon one morning" is sung rather than "One morning soon," and this verse is sung twice in one of the versions. The verse "All in my room" is varied in the recording with Allison leading- He leads off with "All 'round my bedside," but then they sing "All 'round my room." He also slightly changes pace, interjecting "My Lawd" in the middle of each first line.
This song should be one of the first to receive a midi. It is simple, and very catchy.
The Lydia Parrish version (Masato, above) must have a somewhat different tune; I have trouble fitting the first line of the verses to the tune used by Vera Hall et. al. I haven't heard the recording. Most of the words published by Arnold fit, but I would guess that there is a tune variation here as well. This is something I have noted with older cowboy songs as well; the tune, if the music is given, varies somewhat from collection to collection. This would be expected with all songs that are transmitted verbally.
The Hampton version is more complex, but belongs here, and shows that this cluster of spirituals has been sung for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 May 02 - 11:15 PM

How about as we identify ones we'd like MIDIfied first, we list that in the permathread? Then when we have a volunteer they will have a list to start from.

I have the Lomax stuff saved now as MP3s that sort by title. It's heavenly to have Dicho's lyrics posted as I go through listening, and our index here is much easier to use than the Lomax fieldnote storage system! Plus we get the variants-- this is AWESOME now that I am starting to get back to these dear old songs! And as I listen to later black gospel stuff the sme way-- I am starting to hear the connections back to the spirituals, and someday maybe I will know enough to post about them!

I am also really glad we have most of the songs in separate threads-- now as we start adding stuff, it would be really unwieldy to refer back to the different songs if they were all in one thread-- at least for this overloaded brain, it would be.

Thanks, again, and again, Dicho and Masato and ALL who have worked on these.

~Susan


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 08 May 02 - 11:07 AM

"Lawd, Ah wuz" in the Parrish version is something like a prefixed interpolation to "down on my knees." I've found still another seemingly related colorful version (no "one morning soon" lines, though).

I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'

Who is that yonder all dressed in red?
I heard the angels singin';
It look like the children Moses led,
I heard the angels singin'.

Down on my knees,
Down on my knees,
I heard the angels singin'.

Well, who that yonder all dressed in black?
I heard the angels singin';
It looks like it's de mourners jus' got back,
I heard the angels singin'.

Yes, who's that yonder all dressed in blue?
It looks like the children just come through.

From: Odum & Johnson, The Hegro and His Songs (1925; Negro Universities Press, 1968, p. 140; text only)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 May 02 - 11:56 AM

Odom and Johnson say that the song posted by Masato above was "sung with considerable zest." He also says that the above verses sometimes were sung to the chorus,
O what you say, John? (3 times)
De resurrection drawin' nigh.

Like a number of these songs, it is cobbled together from partly remembered spirituals, current gospel and the "inspiration" of the lead singer.
The "dressed in black" appears in "Home in the Rock," (thread 40983) but applied to Israelite children turning back; and the "dressed in red" in several spiritual-gospel songs.
A number of secular jug band and bluegrass songs use a floating verse based on "little girl dressed in red" or "little girl with the red dress on." We could speculate (fruitlessly) that this verse, often used as fill, is rooted in half-remembered religious songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: ONE MORNING SOON
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 May 02 - 12:14 PM

I wonder if that red dress has anything to do with another custom I heard about in churches.... maybe black churches... a friend of mine told me that if a little girl had lost her mama, she would wear a certain colored flower in her hair when she went to church... I think she said red.... there was one meaning for red and one for white I think.... as a way of letting the people know of her need for comfort?

~S~


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Subject: ADD: I'll Be Singing All The Time In My Mind
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:57 AM

Another great section of American Memory is the Fort Festival, or Now What a Time. I'm adding one from there-- seems to me it belongs with the one above. Perhaps someone who goes to hear it there could add in the performer and other info-- I'm pressed for time today. Better index it in the Permathread too. (Q? You there?)

~S~

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I'LL BE SINGING ALL THE TIME IN MY MIND

REFRAIN:
I'll be singing all the time, in my mind;
I'll be singing all the time, in my mind.
Well if the Lord should call me and knock on my door,
I'll be singing all the time.

How well I do remember how Jesus brought me through.
I'll be singing all the time, in my mind.
I prayed and I walked the floor, a night or two;
I'll be singing all the time.

When sorrow overtake me, when trouble starts to brew,
I'll be singing all the time, in my mind.
My friends will talk about me, sometimes my kinfolk too,
Oh, I'll be singing all the time.

When I press my dying pillow and my life is almost through,
Well I'll be singing all the time, in my mind.
And my sight begins to fail me, my fingernails turn blue,
I'll be singing all the time.

SH


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