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Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)

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Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (from Jerry Silverman's Folk Song Encyclopedia)


GUEST,Chadler Bing 18 Apr 02 - 10:49 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 18 Apr 02 - 11:14 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 18 Apr 02 - 11:42 PM
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Genie 19 Apr 02 - 01:57 AM
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Joe Offer 17 Nov 04 - 03:37 AM
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Janie 17 Nov 04 - 08:49 AM
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Genie 18 Nov 04 - 08:23 AM
Tannywheeler 18 Nov 04 - 07:23 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 18 Nov 04 - 07:58 PM
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Subject: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: GUEST,Chadler Bing
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 10:49 PM

Does anyone have ANY idea where "Keep your lamps" appears in the Bible...????????????????????


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 11:14 PM

Luke 12:35. See "Let Every Lamp Burning Bright" in the Cyber Hymnal


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 11:42 PM

It comes from the parable of the ten virgins, Matthew 25, 1-13. Ten maidens were awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom, and kept their lamps trimmed and burning. The other five did not, and their lamps went out. The bridegroom was delayed and when he finally came, the five foolish virgins had no light. They begged for oil for their lamps from the wise virgins, but were told to go into town and buy their own. In the meantime, the Bridegroom arrived and the five wise virgins were invited in to the wedding reception. The message is that you should always keep your lamps trimmed and burning, because you never known when the bridegroom (Christ) will return.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 12:04 AM

Hi, Jerry. Because a hymn is associated, I took the Luke 12:35: "...Keep your lamps burning." I couldn't find the spiritual, so I am probably wrong. Could you quote a piece of it?


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Genie
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 01:57 AM

Our church choir sings this. Here's what I remember of it.

Keep Your Lamps

Part 1:
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning, [x3]
The time is drawing nigh.


Part 2:
Children, don't get weary, [x3] The time is drawing nigh.

If I find my sheet music before someone else posts more, if there is more to the song I'll post that, too.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 04:55 AM

"Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" has been posted HERE.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 11:43 AM

The song posted by Joe Offer in the thread found by Masato has the form of an old spiritual. It is not listed in the Cleveland Index, at least not under that title.
There seems to be a relationship to a form of "Don't Get Weary," posted by Genie above, but not with the verses in Dett or Allen.
Yes, I would like to see more, Genie, when you get a chance.


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Subject: RE: Help: Keep your lamps (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 01:12 PM

Hi, Dicho and all: I heard Reverend Gary Davis do this many times. I'm pretty sure that I have it on a record of his. I'm less sure where the record is...still digging out from our move. I'll see if I can find it... from memory, it's substantially different than the ones posted here..

Jerry


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Subject: ADD: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 03:37 AM

I posted this in a thread with a misleading title, so I thought I'd post it here with a MIDI and ask Dani a question about the version she sings - a medley of gospel lyrics, all sung to this tune. Dani, what are the lyrics you use, and where did you get them?
-Joe Offer-


Thread #2852   Message #13059
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Sep-97 - 12:47 PM
Thread Name: LYRIC:oil in my vessel?
Subject: Lyr Add: KEEP YOUR LAMP TRIMMED AND BURNING

Dani, I was sure this was the song you wanted, so I typed it out. Now that I look at your post again, I think maybe it's not the right one, either. This one is in the Jerry Silverman Folk Song Encyclopedia, still available from Hal Leonard:

KEEP YOUR LAMP TRIMMED AND BURNING
traditional

Keep your lamp trimmed and a-burning,
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
For this old world it is almost gone.
Brother, don't you get a-worried
Brother, don't get worried
Brother, don't get a-worried
For this old world it is almost gone.

Sister, Don't stop prayin'…

Preacher, Don't stop preachin'…

Click to play


Here's Dani's message from the other thread:

Thread #2852   Message #12700
Posted By: dani
20-Sep-97 - 10:13 PM
Thread Name: LYRIC:oil in my vessel?/oil in my lamp
Subject: LYRIC:oil in my vessel?

I had the pleasure this evening of listening to Joe Thompson, an old-time fiddle player, play and sing some wonderful music. Two lovely old hymns he sang I'd like to learn. Anyone heard of one that goes something like, "There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is trimmed and burning..."? As beautiful as the tune was, it escaped me the minute I stopped singing it on the way home. If anyone knows a good recording to learn some of these old gospel hymns/spirituals, I'd love to know where to start.

Thanks, Dani


Here's the entry on this song from the Traditional Ballad Index:

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

DESCRIPTION: "Keep your lamp trimmed and burning (x3) For this world is almost gone" "Brother, don't you get (a-)worried (x3) For this world is almost gone." "Sister, don't stop prayin'..." "Preacher, don't stop preachin'..."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: Late 1920s (recording, Blind Willie Johnson & Angeline Johnson)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN:
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Silber-FSWB, p. 361, "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning" (1 text)
Roud #10433
RECORDINGS:
Blind Willie Johnson & Angeline Johnson, "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" (Columbia 14425-D, 1929; rec. 1928; on BWJ01, BWJ02)
Fred McDowell, "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning" (on LomaxCD1703)
Notes: A reference to the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, Matt. 25:1-13. - RBW
File: FSWB361

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions

The Ballad Index Copyright 2004 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: ADD Version: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning
From: GUEST,Graeme Knights
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 06:19 AM

Here is a version I sing.
    You've got to have oil in your lamp Keep it trimmed and burning
    You've got to have oil in your lamp when the bridegroom comes
    You've got to have oil in your lamp Keep it trimmed and burning
    You've got to have oil when the bridegroom comes

    You've got to have a wick in your lamp...etc

    You've got to have joy in your soul...

    you've got to have peace in your heart....

    You've got to have truth in your mouth...

    Repeat first verse.

Don't know if this is any help??

G


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: GUEST,davidb
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 08:29 AM

I think Fred McDowell sang the last line as "see what the lord had done"

d


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Janie
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 08:49 AM

The Lyrics to the song Dani referred to are as follows:
    Chorus
    Well I got oil in my vessel
    And my lamp's trimmed and burnin'
    I wanna be ready when the bridegroom comes.
    (repeat above)

The verses she (Joe Thompson) use are the 1st verse of Amazing Grace, and the 1st verse of Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone. I also add the 1st verse to the Old Rugged Cross.

Neither she nor I have ever been able to find it anywhere but from Joe Thompson.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 10:20 AM

"Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning" By Blind Willie Johnson, vocal accompanied by own guitar with Willie B. Harris (a female singer) 78rpm Columbia 14425-D also Vocalion 03022. Recorded Wednesday 5 December 1928, Dallas, Texas. The versions later recorded by Fred McDowell, (for Lomax, Lib of Cong. if I recollect correctly,) owe a great deal to Blind Willies version. The song was already widely known and sung by 1928.


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help
From: Genie
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 08:23 AM

I'm told this song, like a lot of "Negro spirituals," was very much connected to the underground railroad and the desire/hope to escape bondage. This makes a lot of sense to me, considering the lines our choir sings:

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
The time is drawing nigh.
...
Children, don't get weary,
The time is drawing nigh.

Those lines could be about being ready for heaven or for the second coming of Christ or about being ready when the right time comes for escaping from the plantation.


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 07:23 PM

There may be another version:

"Give me oil in my lamp;
   Keep me burning.
   Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
   Give me oil in my lamp;
   Keep me burning --
   Keep me burning 'til the Judgement Day!"

Been quite a while since I've been around the folks who used to sing this one. I don't remember other verses. Does this ring any bells with anyone else?    Tw
    TW, just so we don't get too confused, can we discuss "Give Me Oil In My Lamp" in this thread (click)?
    -Joe Offer, who may be responsible for the confusion-


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Subject: Lyr. Add: LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 07:58 PM

There s no evidence of the song among slaves or African-Americans before 1900. This biblical injunction has been used by many pastors, both white and black.
Perhaps the best known hymn on this subject from the 19th c. is "Lamps Trimmed and Burning," which was written ca. 1890 by Eden R. Latta and Daniel W. Crist. It may have been the inspiration for later versions by African-Americans. The tune is easy and catchy. Midi at Cyberhymnal.

LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Lest your feet may go astray!
If you are the Lord's disciple,
Unto sinners show the way.

Refrain:
We'll go out with joy to meet Him,
We'll go out with joy to meet Him,
At the midnight hour;
If our lamps are trimmed and burning,
When He cometh, when He cometh,
At the midnight hour!

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Let there be of oil no lack!
But not like the foolish virgins,
From the entrance driven back!

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
Burning for eternity!
Ready for the Lord's appearing,
Whensoever it may be!

Let your lamps be trimmed and burning,
For the midnight draweth near!
When the bridegroom quickly cometh,
And we all His voice shall hear!

Cyberhymnal. Lamps Trimmed
Latta wrote over 1600 songs.


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 08:26 PM

Joe O, you da boss, fella. Whatever suits you just tickles me plumb to death. I just thought it seemed related.      Tw


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Nov 04 - 02:05 PM

refresh.

Although this hymn is an entirely different song, keeping it separate from "Give Me Oil" may cause confusion.

Thread 2852 on Give Me Oil...: Give Me Oil


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Nov 04 - 06:48 PM

The late great acoustic guitarist John Fahey did an instrumental of "Keep your lamps trimmed and burning on his vinyl album "Old Fashioned Love". As the preacher once said: "Brethren, would you rather be in the dark with the five foolish virgins, or in the light with the five wise ones?"

Or as the comedian Dave Allen said: "Anyone who says a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush was never in a bush with two birds".


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Subject: RE: Keep your lamps trimmed (Negro Spiritual) help!!
From: fretless
Date: 20 Nov 04 - 10:09 AM

The Rev. Gary Davis recording to which Jerry referred above is his album with Pink Anderson. A great record.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Sep 05 - 10:20 PM

«There s no evidence of the song among slaves or African-Americans before 1900. This biblical injunction has been used by many pastors, both white and black.
Perhaps the best known hymn on this subject from the 19th c. is "Lamps Trimmed and Burning," which was written ca. 1890 by Eden R. Latta and Daniel W. Crist. It may have been the inspiration for later versions by African-Americans.»

In fact, there might be...In her book titled The Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince, this Afro-American writer wrote these lines: "and when the King shall come, may they have their lamps trimmed and burning" - which seems to be a quote from Fanny Crosby's hymn "When the King Shall Come Again":

"May our lamps be trimmed and burning with a clear and steady light,
That rejoicing we may gather when the King shall come."

Fanny Crosby
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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Janie
Date: 30 Sep 05 - 10:22 AM

FWIW, Joe Thompson, from whom Dani learned "Give Me Oil in My Vessel" is one of the last African American old time country fiddlers around. And we still don't know where he got the song. It probably was sung in the little independent country church to which he belongs...and given that no one has been able to find anything close to it, may have originated in that congregation....at least the melody, since all the verses are from somewhere else.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Sep 05 - 02:35 PM

"Lamps Trimmed and Burning" is in the Cyberhymnal, with midi, linked and quoted above by Q.

"When the King Shall Come" also in Cyberhymnal, with midi: When the King

The website linked by Guest has the copyright date, 1896, and publisher, for "When the King Shall Come," which are on the 'want list' at Cyberhymnal. Many other old hymns are on this website; thanks for the Link, Guest.

I have no doubt that the music of Crosby and Sankey spread to African-American congregations.

The article (and clips) on Joe Thompson linked by Janie is worth reading.
Digressing, In the South, African-Americans were invited to listen at some rural and small town churches. This is another way that popular hymns or phrases from from them would spread.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 05 - 05:53 PM

"Many other old hymns are on this website; thanks for the Link, Guest. "

You're welcome. The only problem about the date mentioned on that website is that N. Prince's book was first published in 1850 (then republished in 1853) so:

1) If it's really that hymn she is quoting in her book, the 1896 date might be a mistake
2) Maybe she's quoting another work, very similar to Crosby's hymn - if so, which one?

As for Joe Thompson: his father and grandfather were musicians, too. According to the Folk Music Performer Index, the 'Lamp Trimmed' spiritual was a family traditional...He might have learned it from his grandfather.

Afro-Americans obviously knew this song way before Latta & Crist wrote their own version.

HTH


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Sep 05 - 08:48 PM

Guest, it would have to be choice 2, because Sankey would have been only 10 years old. I would not doubt that there could be other hymns with similar themes.

"African-Americans obviously knew" - no evidence.
("Lamps Trimmed..." music written 1891 by Crist)


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Sep 05 - 10:04 PM

The paragraphs quoted by Nancy Prince are from a sermon, or the Bible. She seems to have had little knowledge of African-American spirituals or the people who sang them, although she talked with some slaves on her voyage.

I have not found the author of the hymn, "No Hiding Place," which she quotes at the close of her narrative.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 05 - 12:20 AM

"The paragraphs quoted by Nancy Prince are from a sermon, or the Bible."

From a sermon: maybe. From the Bible: I don't think so. The phrasing is exactly the same as in Crosby's hymn (which has a very classic 8-8-8-8 meter) , but not the same as in Luke (12:35) or Matthew (25:1-13) or any other verse mentioning lamps for that matter.

As for her knowledge of A-A spirituals: She lived abroad but she came back and was part of the AME so I guess she was familiar with a lot of hymns & spirituals (which traveled a lot then since it was the Underground Railroad era). One thing is sure: She shows real knowledge of the Psalms...

The "Hiding Place" (also an 8 x 4 meter) quoted is nowhere to be found. I've gathered several versions and verses, most of them derived from Psalm 32 or so it seems. I thought maybe it was one of those versions 'simplified' by Richard Allen.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Susan A-R
Date: 01 Oct 05 - 12:55 AM

Tim O'Brien does a nifty rendition of this. It is a refrence to "being ready" for the second coming. I have fond memories of learning it from Janie at the Getaway last year.   Great song. (why do I hate this new laptop keyboard after a few glasses of wine??)

Susan A-R


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Marilyn
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 05:15 PM

The song goes like this----------------

"Give me oil in my lamp, keep it burning, burning burning
Give me oil in my lamp I pray,
Give me oil in my lamp keep it burning burning burning
Keep it burning till the break of day."


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 05:27 PM

As posted above, versions of the gospel song-hymn quoted by Marilyn were posted in thread 2852, 'Give Me Oil': Give Me Oil


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 10:18 PM

Seems we've got several different, and probably unrelated, songs going on here.

First time I heard Joe Thompson sing the version I learned from him, he talked about hearing his mother sing it when he was really small, which would have had her learning it early 1900's, if not earlier, as he is 86.

______________________________________________

FYI, I received this notice today:

"Triangle Folk Music Society presents a concert by Joe Thompson and The Carolina
Chocolate Drops . Please join us for an evening of traditional Piedmont music performed
by very talented musicians from our area.

Joe Thompson should be regarded as one of the most historically important American
traditional performers active today. A North Carolina native, Joe, at the age of
86, has   upheld and represented a tradition of Afro-American country fiddling now
all but vanished. The Carolina Chocolate Drops (banjo players Rhiannon Giddens
and Dom Flemons, and fiddler Justin Robinson) strive to carry on the Piedmont musical
heritage embodied by Thompson and other musicians. This is a rare opportunity to
hear Piedmont traditional music at its best!"
____________________________________________

Yay!!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: karen k
Date: 14 Feb 06 - 02:52 AM

Hey, Dani, can you tape the concert? I'd really love to hear him.

k


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 14 Feb 06 - 11:24 AM

We'll be having Joe Thompson (with Bob Carlin) for the Folklore Society of Greter Washington (FSGW) on Saturday, February 18, 2006, and Sankofa Strings on Friday, Febrary 24, 2006. Sankofa Strings has two thirds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons) plus Sule Greg Wilson. Details at www.fsgw.org.

--Charlie Baum (connected with the FSGW)


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 14 Feb 06 - 07:24 PM

Wish I could, Karen. I'll be working. Not much room in my life for music these days ; )

I'm SO GLAD to hear this, Charlie!! It'll be a treat for all involved.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: woodsie
Date: 15 Feb 06 - 03:30 PM

Hot Tuna did this song!


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Tess D
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 10:53 PM

There is an arrangement of this by Andre Thomas that is sold at wwws.sheetmusicplus.com/
It goes like this:

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
The time is drawing nigh.

Children, don't get weary,
Children, don't get weary,
Children, don't get weary,
'Til your work is done.

Christian journey soon be over
Christian journey soon be over
Christian journey soon be over
The time is drawing nigh.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 01:28 PM

This version of Keep Your Lamp etc is included in the book "
'Lost Delta Found: A Chronicle of Mississippi Music' by Michele Norris . The book was reviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered, November 24, 2005 ·

"In the summer of 1941, a relatively unknown musicologist from Fisk University in Nashville accompanied the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax on a research trip to the American South.

John Work, an African American trained in classical music, was interested in the musical traditions of rural life. Work and Lomax headed to Coahoma County in the Mississippi Delta -- where they documented the music heard in churches, blues joints and cotton fields.

The oldest person found in Coahoma County was Lucy Adams. A hundred and four years old, blind, and unable to control her memory, she would sit in her rocking chair and entertain herself for hours by singing in an uncertain and quavering voice. Usually she sang only snatches of songs and sometimes she confused one with another. Her favorite was one she said her grandfather had sung:

Mary's the bosom bearer and Jesus is her child
Mary's the bosom bearer and Jesus is her child
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
For your work's most done.

- - - - - - -

Sister don't get weary
Sister don't get weary
Sister heaven's just before you
Sister heaven's just before you
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
For your work's most done.

- - - - - - -

Brother don't get weary, etc...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5024892


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: GUEST,annie
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 10:45 PM

I heard it something like this

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin (x3)
The time is drawing nigh

Children don't get weary (x3)
til you work is done

Christian journey soon be over (x3)
The time is drawing nigh.

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin (x3)
The time is drawing nigh

or something very similar to that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: Janie
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 03:09 AM

This is a 'zipper' song. Words to a number of different hymns fit it. the chorus (or refrain, I'm never sure of the difference,) is

Well, I got oil in my vessel and my lamp's trimmed and burnin'
I wanna be ready when the Bride Groom comes. 2x's)

Then, the first verse of "Amazing Grace"

Chorus

The first verse of "Must Jesus Bear His Cross Alone"

And I also add the first verse of "The Old Rugged Cross."


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,ole_desert_pete
Date: 19 Oct 07 - 04:50 PM

Couple of other links to suggest:

Lyrics to one version of this spiritual
http://www.reverendgarydavis.com/KeepYourLamps.html

Pretty good guitar from some old Jefferson Airplane folks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUseW_yJkpg

This idea, Lamp trimmed and buring (Luke 12:35) has been on
my mind since early this month. Wish I knew better exactly
what that meant and lived it out more faithfully.

This much is sure: I need to be ready, be watching, have
my lamp trimmed and burning!


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Oct 07 - 06:57 PM

Here's two YouTube videos of this song:

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning.Blind Willie Johnson.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56i8JuWB_24&mode=related&search=

Added: June 30, 2007
From: bobheaton

{blues guitar}

**

keep your lamp trimmed and burnin blind willie johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyTW8rviP9s&mode=related&search=

Added: November 26, 2006
From: inikokir

{blues guitar and vocals}


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Subject: Great Camp Meeting in the Promised Land
From: GUEST,Lindsey
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 04:41 PM

Does anyone know where I can find this in the bible?


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Subject: Ride On King Jesus
From: GUEST,Lindsey
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 04:44 PM

Does anyone know where I can find this in the bible?


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 06:05 PM

Parable of the wise virgins. Try
Matthew 25 -1 -13

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 06:08 PM

And I've heard Graeme Knights sing it too!

Kitty


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Subject: AD: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Apr 08 - 10:08 PM

I know a different version from Helen Schneyer's last CD..

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning

Soon, one morning, death come creepin in the room
Soon, one morning, death come creepin in the room, alleluliah.
Soon, one morning, death come creepin in the room
Oh my Lord, Oh my Lord,
What shall I do
To be saved?
CHORUS ( sung twice )
Well keep your lamp trimmed and burning
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning
Lamp trimmed and burning
Jesus gonna make up my dyin bed.

I'm so glad I got my religion in time
I'm so glad I got my religion in time, Halleluiah
I'm so glad I got my religion in time
Oh my Lord, Oh my Lord
What shall I do
To be saved?

CHORUS

Hush oh hush hush
Somebody's calling my name.
HUSH! Oh hush. Somebody's calling my name, Alleluiah
Hush. oh hush hush
Somebody's calling my name
Oh my Lord, oh my Lord
What shall I do
To be saved?

CHORUS.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 08 - 10:43 PM

There's a related one that may already be posted somewhere:

One morning, soo-oon.
One morning, soon my Lord.
One morning, soo-oon,
I heard the angels singing.

I live the ambiguity: whether the angels sang recently ("soon"), or are about to sing (soon), or whether they sang: "One morning, soon..."

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Jim in Milwaukee
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:57 PM

Can anyone post a non-copyrighted version of the plain hymn on this site? I just received the "African American Heritage Hymnal" today via purchase on the internet and 'Keep Your Lamps...' is NOT in it. Where could it possibly be? All I want is the hymn.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 May 08 - 02:27 AM

Oddly enough, I ordered some music from 'Sheetmusicplus.com' and they sent me 13 copies of a version of this by mistake.

It's an arrangment by Andre Thomas and is suitable for a choir or quartet. The copyright notice on it says:

"Copyright 1982 by Hinshaw Music Inc. This edition copyright 2003 by Hinshaw Music Inc (with a NC PO box No.) International Copyright secured. Now whether this is just this one arrangement or if it's the whole song, I'm not sure. I would have thought that given the suggested age of this song, it should have come into public domain by now.



There's also a little bit of history from Andre Thomas - he states that the impetus came from a parable in Matthew, Ch 25, v 1-13, the wise and foolish virgins waiting for the bridegroom.

If you would like a copy, Jim in Milwaukee, then join as a member and PM me a postal address and I'll send you one of my spares!

This site might be of some use to you also. It's got a lot of links and some useful books to look out for. Good luck.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 May 08 - 02:40 AM

I don't think I'd worry too much about copyright on this one, Jim, unless you're going to exactly follow a copyrighted arrangement. Click here for a list of recordings - that's no way anybody could call this one anything but "traditional."

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 29 May 08 - 04:03 AM

Even if it was found before 1900, I doubt that it would have anything to do with the Underground Railroad. It might mean salvation in a general way, such as soon I will be done with all the troubles of the world, you know, when Christ comes everything will be just fine, that sort of thing.

"I'm told this song, like a lot of "Negro spirituals," was very much connected to the underground railroad and the desire/hope to escape bondage. This makes a lot of sense to me, considering the lines our choir sings:

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
The time is drawing nigh.
...
Children, don't get weary,
The time is drawing nigh.

Those lines could be about being ready for heaven or for the second coming of Christ or about being ready when the right time comes for escaping from the plantation."


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 29 May 08 - 04:07 AM

The trouble with that argument is, as soon as you think 'It's about the underground railroad and getting slaves to freedom' you see it in everything. It's like looking for pagan symbolism in Morris dancing or the face of Jesus in an aubergine... once you start looking, you see false images everywhere.

Now, I'm not saying that this ISN'T a freedom song, it certainly would be appropriate as a preparation for running, but occasionally, given the deeply spiritual life some of these people led, it is just about the Word of God.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Sophia
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 09:07 PM

Actually, I am singing this song in chorus. It goes

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
For the time is drawing nigh

Soon I will be done with the trouble of the world, the trouble of the world.
Soon, I will be done.
The time is drawing nigh.

Thats not all though, but i gotta go. L8er!


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,jp
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 09:30 PM

This is one of my favorite songs in chorus I would like to know if you could get the rest of the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 10:35 AM

love jormas version!


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Subject: ADD: Oil in my Vessel
From: GUEST,I think you are speaking of the old spiritua
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 08:59 PM

You can find the song your looking for on a CD by the Berge Family Singers from Minnesota. The lyrics stated above others are an old campfire song different from this one. This is a contagious tune

OIL IN MY VESSEL

I've got oil in my vessel, my lamp trimmed and burning
waiting for the bride groom to come (repeat)

Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free?
No there's a cross for everyone and there's a cross just for me.

(Chorus)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wrech like me
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see,

I've got oil in my vessel and my lamp trimmed and burning
waiting for the bride groom to come.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp
From: Janie
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 09:19 PM

Guest,

Yes, that is the song that Joe Thompson does, and as noted elsewhere in the thread, there is some one else who has posted a performance on YouTube. Thanks for the info. that the Berge Family Singers have also recorded it. Do you know anything about it's origins?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 04:38 PM

I'm looking for-put a little oil in your vessel;keeping your lamps trimmed and burning,you better be ready for the bridegroom coming so soon


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,tay10
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 03:56 PM

I sang this at my choir performance last night and I believe this is how the first part (without cannon) goes.

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning 3x For this work is almost done.
Children don't get weary 3x For this work is almost done.
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning 3x For this work is almost done.

Then I think we went on to:   

Darker midnight lies before us 3x For this work is almost done.
And then it said something about the morning is nearing us but I forgot since I worked all day then went right to sleep. But if you can find the same soong as this with ALL the lyrics please reply! Thanks :D


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,GUEST, Blacker71
Date: 11 May 10 - 12:01 PM

I found these lyrics at http://www.austinklee.com/2008/02/trimmed-and-burning/

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
The time is drawing nigh.

Children don't get weary
Children don't get weary
Children don't get weary
'til your work is done.

Christian journey soon be over
Christian journey soon be over
Christian journey soon be over
The time is drawing nigh

Numerous YouTube versions are available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYbpYeA5Hxs (start this one at 0:55 to skip the intro).


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 May 10 - 05:37 PM

Earliest version in print by Jubile Singers, 1874.
See 129086, Jubilee Songs.
Jubilee Songs

To be posted shortly.


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: pdq
Date: 11 May 10 - 06:49 PM

From Sam Charters who visited the late "Blind" Willie Johnson's home and talked to his wife...

"There were over a hundred of the books in an old trunk beside the shack where she lived, or what had been a hundred of them of them before the roaches and rain did their work. The one I bought was the best preserved, Redeemer's Praise, For The Sunday School, Church and Family, by T. C. Okane. It was published by Walden and Stowe, 1881, with words and music for over 500 songs. Much of his material came from these sources."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: GUEST,Al no cookie
Date: 20 Jun 10 - 03:12 PM

Gonna put oil in my vessel
Keep the lamp trimmed and burning
Gonna be ready when the bride groom comes

repeat

Then other verses stolen from other songs.

This comes from a biblical passage.
Eckhart Tolle has a wonderful interpretation of this.

I have the Joe Thompson recording if you need it.

Al


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: Janie
Date: 24 Oct 12 - 09:21 PM

A link from LEJ that absolutely vibrates with how I hear/feel this fine song from Joe Thompson. Not old time, but I have no doubt Joe would approve.

Scott Ainslie- Oil in My Vessel


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Subject: RE: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,Michale Estar
Date: 17 Jan 14 - 12:10 AM

About four or five years ago, I heard a Gospel Song while driving on Vermont Public Radio. It was a Gospel Song about Oil in a Lamp and it had the song Amazing Grace woven into it. One of the singers in the Southern Gospel Group was Ray Ainsley or Ainslee, I'm not sure of the spelling. It touched my heart deeply. I sing with the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir from Montpelier, VT. John Harrison conducts the choir. I would love to find the version of this song. Perhaps our choir could sing it. Any clues, let me know. Michale B. Estar


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's oil in my vessel and my lamp is..
From: GUEST,milady
Date: 18 May 15 - 03:45 PM

Hello Dani,
perhaps this is what your looking for. I found a youtube video and lyrics separately.

"Keep your lamps trimmed and burning"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdKwzYSDkvQ


Troubles and trials are almost over X 3
See what my lord has done
Keep your lamp trimmed and burnin X 3
See what my lord has done

Heaven's journey is almost over X 3
See what my lord has done
Brother don't you worry
Don't you worry
Don't you worry
See what my lord has done

Two thousand years have come and gone X 3
See what my lord has done
Brother don't you worry
Don't you worry
Don't you worry
See what my lord has done
Sister don't stop prayin
Sister don't stop prayin
Sister don't stop prayin
See what my lord has done.

Many are gone but not forgotten X 3
See what my lord has done
Keep your lamp trimmed and burnin X 3
See what my lord has done

Brother don't you worry
Don't you worry
Don't you worry
See what my lord has done
Brother don't stop prayin
Sister don't stop prayin
Sister don't stop prayin
See what my lord has done.

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning X 3
See what my lord has done
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning X 3
See what my lord has done

Songwriters
LINDEN, COLIN KENDALL

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.



Read more: Tim O'Brien - Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning Lyrics | MetroLyrics


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Subject: Oil in my Vessel
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Jun 16 - 02:29 AM

It's hard to keep all these lamp oil songs separate. I don't know that we have a good transcription of "Oil in my Vessel," the song that Dani and Janie sing. Here's a YouTube recording of the song by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem:


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