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Subject: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 01:46 PM

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ALL MY TRIALS, LORD

Hush little baby, don't you cry
You know your mama was born to die
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

Too late, my brothers
Too late, but never mind
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

If religion were a thing that money could buy
The rich would live and the poor would die
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

I've got a little book that was given to me
And every page spells liberty
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

There is a tree in Paradise
And the pilgrims call it the Tree of Life
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

recorded by Joan Baez
@death @religion
filename[ ALLTRIAL
Tune file : ALLTRIAL

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All My Trials

DESCRIPTION: "If religion were a thing that money could buy, The rich would live and the poor would die. All my trials, Lord, soon be over. Too late, my brothers, too late but never mind." The weary singer looks forward to victory after death
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (recording, Pete Seeger)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
BrownIII 644, "Tree in Paradise" (3 short texts; the "A" version combines "Few Days" with a "Tree in Paradise" text; "B" is too short to classify easily; "C" seems to be mostly "All My Trials"; there may also be influence from "Is Your Lamps Gone Out" or the like)
Silber-FSWB, p. 359, "All My Trials" (1 text)
DT, ALLTRIAL*

Roud #11938
RECORDINGS:
Rev. Lewis Jackson & Charlotte Rucell, "Tallest Tree in Paradise" (on MuSouth07)
Pete Seeger, "All My Trials" (on PeteSeeger31)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Little David, Play on Your Harp" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" (lyrics)
cf. "Noah's Ark" (lyrics)
cf. "Zek'l Weep" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Blow Your Trumpet, Gabriel (Paul and Silas)" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Is Your Lamps Gone Out?" (lyrics)
cf. "Tell All the World, John" (lyrics)
cf. "Wild Rover No More" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: Although this is generally considered a Black song, one of the key couplets goes back to England. According to Roy Palmer, The Folklore of Warwickshire, Rowman & LIttlefield, 1976, p. 41, the stanza
This life is a city of crooked streets,
Death is the market-place where all men meet,
If life were merchandise that money could buy
The rich would live and the poor would die
was found at Tysoe in 1798. Palmer files this among verses on gravestones, although he does not explicitly say for whom, if anyone, this one was carved. - RBW
The Jackson/Rucell recording, from 1954, is classified here in near-desperation; it consists primarily of the single floating verse "The tallest tree in Paradise/The Christians call it the Tree of Life" (also found in "Is Your Lamps Gone Out?"), plus the chorus "Hey brother with a hey/Hey, sister with a hey-ey-ey/Jes' take a little bottle and let's go home/Yes, my Lord." - PJS
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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 01:56 PM

I found these lyrics at the Peter Paul and Mary website, http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/music/f-03-08.htm. Note that they're copyrighted by PP&M, and that the Traditional Ballad Index shows the earliest known recording was Pete Seeger's 1961 record. Seems to me this ought to be traditional, but maybe it's a compilation of traditional phrases? Note that the Traditional Ballad Index has cross-referenced to a number of traditional songs.
-Joe Offer-


ALL MY TRIALS
Yarrow/Stookey/Okun- Pepamar Music Inc. ASCAP


All my trials Lord, soon be over.

I had a little book was given to me,
And every page spelled Liberty.
All my trials Lord, soon be over.

If religion were a thing that money could buy,
The rich would live and the poor would die.
All my trials Lord, soon be over.

Too late my brothers, too late, but never mind.
All my trials Lord, soon be over.

There is a tree in Paradise
The Pilgrims call it "The Tree Of Life"
All my trials Lord, soon be over.

Too late my brothers, too late, but never mind.
All my trials Lord, soon be over.
All my trials Lord, soon be over.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: GUEST,vixen @ work
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 02:10 PM

Having learned this song at a young age (say about 6) and having poor hearing, I thought the second verse was "If *Livin'* were a thing that money could buy..." FWIW, nearly 40 years later I *still* think it makes more sense in context than "religion."

I've found that the lines scan very nicely into the melody of Michael Row the Boat Ashore, as do the lines of O Mary Don't You Weep. There seems to be a body of "plug 'n' play" lines that can fit well into a mess of different songs.

just my $0.02...

V


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 02:56 PM

Here's a quote from the Joan Baez Songbook (1964, edited by Maynard Solomon):
This spiritual-lullaby probably originated in the antebellum South, from where it was transported to the West Indies. It appears to have died out in this country, only to be discovered in the Bahamas. From there it was reintroduced to us, eventually becoming one of the standards of the popular folk song movement.
CDNow shows recordings by Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Anita Carter (?), Dick & Dee Dee (?), Highwaymen, Impressions (?), Nana Mouskouri (!!!), Paul & Margie (Golden Bough), Peter & Gordon, PP&M (In the Wind), Ray Stevens, Seekers, and Kelly Family. There's also a recording by Mickey Newbury (part of his "American Trilogy," along with "Dixie" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" - also recorded by Elvis Presley).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 07:38 PM

The verse about the rich and the poor appears in several spirituals, it is an easily remembered comparison. See "Honey In The Rock," 1st verse (Extract):
If religion was a thing that your money could buy
Feed every child of God.
The rich would live and the poor would die
Feed every child of God.
The verse about Paradise and The Tree of Life appears in the same spiritual.
Honey


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jun 02 - 07:55 PM

Ef salvation wuz a thing money could buy,
Den de rich would live and de po' would die.
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot II, thread 41800: Chariot II

The verse about the little book "and every page spells liberty" sounds like a Seegarism to me.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: raredance
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 09:43 PM

Hush,little baby, and don't you cry;
Yo' mudder an' fadder is bo'n to die!
Jesus done taken my driftin' han'
Good Lord, Lord, Lord!
Oh my Jesus done taken my driftin' han'
Good Lord, Lord, Lord!

This is from the Frank C Brown Collection of NC Folklore

rich r


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: raredance
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 10:18 PM

Pete Seeger's version is on "American Favorite Ballads Vol. 4" (1961 Folkways FA2323). The insert to the album has complete lyrics but no information. By inference because it is included with America's Favorite Ballads, it must have been around before Pete recorded it.

The Collected Reprints from Sing Out! has "mamma" replaced with "daddy" and "Liberty" replaced with "Victory"

rich r


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 01:58 AM

Earliest date, 1961? No, I don't think so. I first heard the song on Bob Gibson's "Offbeat Folk Songs," Riverside, RLP12-802, 1956, under the title Bahaman Lullabye. I still have the record.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: masato sakurai
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 08:00 AM

Don Firth, you're right. To back you up, I'll copy the entry from FOLK MUSIC INDEX:

All My Trials

  1. Snyder, Jerry (arr.) / Golden Guitar Folk Sing Book, Hansen, Fol (1972), p 11
  2. Folk Music Scene, M. Witmark, Sof (1967), p 50
  3. Silverman, Jerry (ed.) / Folksingers Guitar Guide, Advanced, Oak, Sof (1964), p62
  4. Lynn, Frank (ed.) / Songs for Swinging Housemothers, Fearon, Sof (1963/1961), p325
  5. Winds of the People, Sing Out, Sof (1982), p 55
  6. Sing Out Reprints, Sing Out, Sof (1959), 2, p 7
  7. Leisy, James F. (ed.) / Hootenanny Tonight!, Gold Medal Books, sof (1964), p174
  8. Miller Jr., E. John; & Michael Cromie / Folk Guitar, Quadrangle, Bk (1968), p 66
  9. Blood, Peter; and Annie Patterson (eds.) / Rise Up Singing, Sing Out, Sof (1992/1989), p130
  10. Luboff, Norman; and Win Stracke (eds.) / Songs of Man, Prentice-Hall, Bk (1966), p328
  11. Leisy, James F. (ed.) / Folk Song Abecedary, Bonanza, Bk (1966), p 9
  12. Abe and Malka. Mandelblatt, Abe & Malka A. / 100 Guitar Accompanyments, Amsco, Sof (1974), p160
  13. Baez, Joan. Joan Baez, Vanguard VRS 9078, CD/ (1960), trk# 5
  14. Baez, Joan. Siegmeister, Elie (arr.) / Joan Baez Song Book, Ryerson Music, Sof (1971/1964), p126
  15. Blarney Folk. Let Those Irish Brown Eyes Smile at Me, Babe, London International SW 99512, LP (1969), trk# B.06
  16. Bugg, June. Hootenanny Folk Festival, Palace 757, LP (1964), trk# A.04
  17. Dick & Dee Dee. Turn Around, Warner W 1538, LP (1964), trk# A.06
  18. Faier, Billy. Travelin' Man, Riverside RLP 12-657, LP (1958), trk# 4 (Bahaman Lullaby)
  19. Gibson, Bob. Offbeat Folksongs, Riverside RLP 12-802, LP (1956), trk# B.02 (Bahaman Lullaby)
  20. Gooding, Cynthia. Faithful Lovers and Other Phenomena, Elektra EKL 107, LP (1956), trk# A.07
  21. Halifax Three. Halifax Three, Epic BN 26038, LP (1963), trk# A.05
  22. Joe & Eddie. Joe & Eddie, GNP Crescendo GNP #75, LP (196?), trk# B.05
  23. Kingston Trio. At Large, Capitol T 1199, LP (1959), trk# A.02 (All My Sorrows)
  24. Krater Brothers. Singin' for Fun, Flight 7, LP (197?), trk# A.02
  25. Lewis, Don. Don Lewis, Flight 7, LP (196?), trk# A.05
  26. Seeger, Pete. American Favorite Ballads. Volume 4. Tunes and Songs, Folkways FA 2323, LP (1963), trk# B.09
  27. Seekers. Seekers, Pickwick SPC-3068, LP (197?), trk# B.02
  28. Sheer, Anita. Anita Sheer, MGM E-4225, LP (196?), trk# B.03
Incidentally, there's no song titled "All My Trials", "All My Sorrows", or "Bahaman Lulluby" in Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943 (Oxford, 1997).

~Masato


    Updated and corrected 14 May 2011. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 01:54 AM

For the record, it might be good to give an explanation of that "earliest date" entry in the Traditonal Ballad Index. It's the earliest version of the song found in resources reviewed by the Index. Rather than attempt to determine a date of composition, the Index simply gives the earliest date its resources provide.
I'd like ot see us go farther and determine a date, but the Index doesn't attempt that.
Make sense?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jun 02 - 11:58 PM

My son says Nick Drake did a great recording of this one, on a bootleg album called "Tanworth-n-Arden." Anybody know more?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD Version: All My Trials, Lord
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 12:21 AM

I have this song in Something to Sing About! The Personal Choices of America's Folk Singers. It is listed as the choice of Joan Baez. The words are just a little different.

ALL MY TRIALS

1) Hush little baby don't you cry,
You know your mama was born to die,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

Refrain:
Too late, my brothers,
Too late, but never mind,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.


2) I had a little book, 'twas given to me,
And every leaf spelled victory,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

3) If religion was a thing that money could buy
The rich would live and the poor would die,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

4) The highest tree in Paradise
The Christians call the Tree of Life,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

5) The Jordan River is chilly and cold,
The chill and cold does chill my soul,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 12:49 AM

All My Trials
as sung by Ellen van der Hoeven

Hush little baby don't you cry
You know your daddy was born to die
All my trials soon be over

Had a little book was given to me
And every page spelt liberty

Too late my brothers, too late but never mind

If living was a thing that money could buy
Then the rich would live and the poor would die

We're bound together by a heavy chain
And on every link is religion's name

Too late my brothers, too late but never mind

(From HERE)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 10:37 AM

vixen@work,

"Livin" works, but I think that "religion" works better.

It's a truism that the rich have the advantage in the here-and-now. Whatever can be bought, they can buy, including everything that can contribute to the extension of life. Since it is a truism, there's no point in using "if" to express hypotheticality.

However, if religion=salvation=eternal life, then the full force of the hypothetical "if" comes into play. If eternal life is purchased with the same coin possessed in abundance by the rich, there is no hope at all for the poor.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 12:31 PM

I'd say the van der Hoeven version appears to be a recent revision. I was about to say it appeared to be an attempt to "secularize" the lyrics, but it's more an attempt to put an antireligious "spin" to it. I don't think this verse is what you would call traditional, no matter what you think of sentiments expressed:
We're bound together by a heavy chain
And on every link is religion's name
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 01:40 PM

The verse including "born to die" occurs in several songs. One from 1860:
I'm glad that I am born to die
From grief and woe my soul shall fly.
From a hymn, Lamb of God, in Newman L. White, American Negro Folk Songs, p. 462.
I'm glad that I'm born to die,
Frum trouble here my soul goin' fly.
From the spiritual, "Keep Inchin' Along," version in Odum and Johnson, The Negro and His Songs, p. 89.
The last verse in the van der Hoeven song obviously has reference to the spirituals and gospel songs including the lines "Mary wore three links of chain, and every link carried Jesus's name" (many variants inc. "Mary wore de golden chain, Every link was in Jesus' name").


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Subject: Add: Keep Inchin' Along
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 08:24 PM

Fragment transcribed from a Fisk clip:

Keep a-inchin' along,
Keep a-inchin' along,
Jesus will come by and by.
Keep a-inchin along like a po* inch worm,
Jesus will come by and by.

If a-you get there before I do
Jesus will come by and by.
Look out for me.....

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ALSO SEE:

KEEP A-INCHIN' ALONG        FOLK SONGS OF NORTH AMERICA
Keep a-Inchin' Along         Songs of Zion (Nix)

Inchin' along.        Dett, Religious folk-songs of the negro, p. 10 (Keep a-inchin' along)
Inchin' along.        Fisher, Seventy negro spirituals, p. 79
Inchin' along.        Noble, Most popular plantation songs, p. 71 (Inching along)
Inchin' along.        Johnson, Book of American negro spirituals, p. 134 (Keep a-inchin' along)
Inchin' along.        Dann, Fifty-eight spirituals for choral use, p. 37 (Inching along. Variant)
Inchin' along.        Johnson, Utica jubilee singers spirituals, p. 72 (Keep a-inchin' along. Variant)
Inchin' along.        Fenner, Religious folk songs of the negro, p. 154 (Keep a-inchin' along)
Inching Along        AMERICAN NEGRO SONGS
Inching Along        Newman, GO DOWN, MOSES
Inching Along        Newman, GO DOWN, MOSES

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From John Work, American Negro Songs:

INCHIN' ALONG
Traditional Negro Spiritual

REFRAIN
Keep a-inchin' along,
Keep a-inchin' along,
Jesus will come by and by.
Keep a-inchin along like a poor* inch worm,
Jesus will come by and by.

VERSES:

1. It was inch by inch that I sought the Lord
(Jesus will come by and by.)
It was inch by inch that he saved my soul.
(Jesus will come by and by.)

2. We'll inch and inch and inch along;
(Jesus will come by and by.)
And inch by inch till we get home.
(Jesus will come by and by.)

3. O trials and troubles on the way,
(Jesus will come by and by.)
But we must watch as well as pray.
(Jesus will come by and by.)

* sung po' or poor

SH

@spiritual

======================================================

APPARENT MINSTREL-SHOW PARODY

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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: BB
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 02:21 PM

Anyone remember The Shadows' recording of this on their early solo album? It was before I ever heard of such a thing as folk music - must have been very early '60s - and it was one of my favourite tracks on the album, harmonies and all. I seem to remember that they sang 'living', and it didn't seem at all incongruous to me.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 10:53 AM

On my record of Joan Baez, she sings

I've got a little book with pages three
And every page spells liberty
All my trials, Lord, soon be over


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: GUEST,Chicken Charlie
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 05:33 PM


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: GUEST,Chicken Charlie
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 05:40 PM

Sorry I can't provide references for each and every difference, but one of my inputs was Harry Belafonte, somewhere along the line.

Hush, little baby and don't you cry;
You know your daddy is bound to die.
All my ...

If life were a thing that money could buy,
The rich would live and the poor would die,
And all my trials, Lord, would be forgotten.

Mary wore three links of chain;
On every link/piece was Jesus'/freedom's name.
All my ...

I have a little book with pages three,
And every page spells liberty.

There's one more thing that troubles my mind:
My love/Lord is gone, left me behind.

The one different verse (different chording) I do as:

But it's too late, my Lord, too late, but never mind.
All my trials ....

And the last line is either:
All my sorrows, soon forgotten.
Or
All my trials, soon forgotten.
Or
All my trials soon be over.

CC

PS: Joe, sorry about the blank--I bumped the wrong key. I'm sure you can delete it. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 10:00 PM

Happy, that verse is in her Songbook. Lyrics in the "Joan Baez Songbook," 1964, Amsco, slightly different from those at top of thread.
"Flowing, with a moderate calypso beat. C#, Capo 1st, Play: C."

ALL MY TRIALS

Hush, little baby, don't you cry,
You know your Mama was born to die.-
All my trials, Lord,-
Soon be over.

Refrain-
Too late, my brothers,-
Too late but never mind,-
All my trials, Lord,-
Soon be over.

The river of Jordan is muddy and cold,
Well, it chills the body, but not the soul,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over

I've got a little book with pages three,
And every page spells liberty,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

Refrain-
Too late my brothers,
Too late, but never mind
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

If living were a thing that money could buy,
You know the rich would live and the poor would die,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

There grows a tree in Paradise,
And the Pilgrims call it the tree of life,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

Too late, my brothers, etc.

pp. 126-129, with score. Seems put together from floating verses. First sung by Pete Seeger, 1961; supposedly from the West Indies.

Brown, "North Carolina Folklore," vol. 5, "The Music of the Folk Songs," Ed. Jan Philip Schinhan, includes music and partial lyrics to:
TREE IN PARADISE

There's a green tree standing in Paradise,
Oh, yes, my Lord.
And the Christians call it the tree of life,
Oh, yes, my Lord.
And it's over River Jordan I'm bound to go,
And it's over River Jordan I'm bound to go,
And it's over River Jordan I'm bound to go,
Oh, Lord, yes, my Lord.

Coll. 1922, Montgomery Co., NC. Other versions collected.
_____________________

The following have been called the Pete Seeger lyrics. I don't have a recording of him singing the song; apparently he changed the lyrics from time to time. Does anyone have the 1961 lyrics? For what they're worth-

ALL MY TRIALS

Hush, little baby, don't you cry,
You know that your mother's bound to die.

Chorus-
Too late, my brothers, too late but never mind,
All my trials, Lord, soon be over.

If religion was a thing that money could buy,
The rich would live and the poor would die.

I had a little book was given to me
And every leaf spelled Victory.

Well, the hardest tree in Paradise,
Don't you know, it's the tree of life?
_____________________

Version at ingeb.org. No reference.
Anyone know where it comes from?

ALL MY TRIALS

If religion was a thing
That money could buy,
The rich would live
And the poor would die.

Go to sleep, my little baby,
And don't you cry,
Your daddy was born
Just to live and die.

Refrain-
All my trials, Lord,
Will soon be over.
Too late my brothers,
Too late but never mind,
All my trials, Lord,
Will soon be over.

Oh, I have a litle book
That sets me free,
My bible, it spells
"LIberty."

Yes, a man was born
To suffer agony,
His will to live
Spells "Victory."


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 05:44 PM

The evolution of this lullaby 'from the Bahamas' into the song sung by Joan Baez and many others during the 'folk revival' is not well documented (The Baez lyrics in the DT lack the Jordan verse, which she sang; "All My Trials," on youtube). Somehow it has, by the addition of floating verses, changed into a pseudo-spiritual. It may have started life as a religious song or lullaby in North Carolina or other coastal state and moved to the West Indies. I have not seen any clear reference to when or in what form it was collected.

Raredance (above) posted the first verse of a religious or lullaby song from North Carolina ("negro fragment"), and printed in vol. 3, Folk Songs of North Carolina, Belden and Hudson, no. 580, "Hush, Little Baby," in F. C. Brown, North Carolina Folklore.
I will post the complete entry in a separate thread.

Bob Gibson, 1956, and Cynthia Gooding, also 1956, seem to have been the first to start the song on its way to popularity; Glenn Yarborough recorded it in 1957, and Harry Belafonte in 1959. (The link by Masato to "Folk Music Index" has disappeared).

Any information on the 'beginnings' and history of this song would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 11 - 09:08 PM

I am learning a choral version in which one line is "If living were a thing that money could buy", and also includes the reference to the river Jordan.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: andrew e
Date: 14 May 11 - 07:18 PM

I made a SATB A Cappella arrangement if anyone would like it, based on the Peter, Paul and Mary version.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
From: mayomick
Date: 15 May 11 - 07:47 AM

Does anyone think Bob Dylan's I Shall be Released might have been based on this song?


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