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Nelson's Blood Scottish Fiddle Tune/Spiritual

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ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG
ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG (2)


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Ship'scat 10 Nov 02 - 12:31 PM
Kim C 11 Nov 02 - 11:28 AM
Snuffy 11 Nov 02 - 07:23 PM
GUEST,Richie 11 Nov 02 - 10:58 PM
denise:^) 13 Nov 02 - 04:11 PM
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Subject: ADD: Roll the Old Chariot Along (Negro Spiritual)
From: Ship'scat
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 12:31 PM

The chorus for the pumnping shanty, Nelson's Blood comes from the the "Roll the Old Chariot Along" a black spiritual. Both allegedly get their tune from a Scottish fiddle tune. Can anyone name that tune? For bonus points is the a link to ABCs or MIDIs?

If this turns out to be true, isn't it a wonderful cultural "crossroad"? Many thanks, KC



ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG

 

Roll de ol' chariot along, yes
Roll de ol' chariot along yes
Roll de ol' chariot along
Ef you don't hang on behin'.

O Christians
Roll de ol' chariot along, yes
Roll de ol' chariot along yes
Roll de ol' chariot along
Ef you don't hang on behin'.

Ef yo Mother want to go
She shall wear a starry crown
Ef yo Mother want to go
She shall wear a starry crown
An' she must hang behin'

O Christians
Roll de ol' chariot along, yes
Roll de ol' chariot along yes
Roll de ol' chariot along
Ef you don't hang on behin'.

Ef de Devil's in the way
Jus' roll right over
Ef de Devil's in the way
Jus' roll right over
An' you must hang behin'


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Subject: RE: Nelson's Blood Scottich Fiddle Tune?
From: Kim C
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 11:28 AM

The tune sounds very similar to The Rights of Man.


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Subject: RE: Nelson's Blood Scottich Fiddle Tune?
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 07:23 PM

See the recent thread on Origin: Johnny Come Down to Hilo for another marriage of words from the plantations and an Irish tune.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Nelson's Blood Scottich Fiddle Tune?
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 10:58 PM

Don't have much on it-

Related to: Breach Of Killicranky: Highland/ Reel (Drunken Sailor- Kate Lay Sleeping etc.)

Same melody: Roll the Union On (Greenway)- I'm not sure if this is correct.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Nelson's Blood Scottich Fiddle Tune?
From: denise:^)
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 04:11 PM

The tune in the Digitrad database isn't the tune I learned for this song...
but that's okay, 'cause some of the words are different, too! ;^)

(Verse 1 & CHORUS)
We'll roll the old chariot along (3x)
And we won't drag on behind.

If the sinner's in the way, we'll stop and take him in, (3x)
And we won't drag on behind.

If the devil's in the way, we'll roll it over him (3x)
And we won't drag on behind.

I originally saw it in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter," and later learned the tune from "The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook." (A large songbook, with lots of great, obscure tunes in it--not the little-kiddy one they sell now, I think with the same name, and it has "Oh Susanna" and a couple of other really basic songs for kids from her books. The other book is currently out of print.

Some folks have confused the "Nelson's Blood" song with the spiritual Laura mentioned, although she gave all of the lyrics in her book! The songs have the title and some lyrics in common.

The version I know makes a decent sing-along/spiritual--but would make a pretty crummy fiddle tune...

denise:^)


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