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Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs

harpgirl 06 Feb 05 - 01:57 PM
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Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Feb 05 - 10:33 PM
masato sakurai 07 Feb 05 - 01:16 AM
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Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Feb 05 - 12:57 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: harpgirl
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 01:57 PM

Can anyone help with the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 10:03 PM

Hi Harpgirl, I can get the score from:

Title:        Climbing up the golden stairs         
Is in:        p.6 The Australian music books no. 92 (music )

It sounds as if you should get plenty of local responses. If that's not the case I'll obtain it for you from my Conservatorium Library.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 10:22 PM

Harp, c'mon! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 10:33 PM

I presume not the same as the old minstrel song of that name (in Levy).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 01:16 AM

Title: Climbing up de Golden Stairs. The Famous Jubilee Song.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: By F. Heiser.
Publication: New York: T.B. Harms & Co., 819 Broadway, 1884.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Come all you little niggers, Now watch your cues and figures
First Line of Chorus: Then hear them bells aringing, 'Tis sweet, I do declare

Title: Climbing Up De Golden Stairs. Great Jubilee Song.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: By F. Heiser.
Publication: n.p.: , n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Come all you little niggers, Now watch your cues and figures
First Line of Chorus: Then hear them bells a ringing, 'Tis sweet, I do declare


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 01:28 AM

"Climbing Up The Golden Stairs" : The Happy Four (Recorded: Unknown / Issued: January 1928) is at Honkingduck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM

Just checked out the song at Honking Duck. It isn't the one which is mentioned above by Masato. I have an old English release 78 by Carson Robison which belonged to my parents which is a different tune and begins with the words "Come all you little niggers, watch your cues" etc as above and with the same chorus; "Hear them bells" etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 11:00 AM

There must be two tunes with the same name Climbing The Golden Stairs The only one I'd ever heard was played on a fiddle and is a beautiful tune with no lyrics.It is in no way related to the one that matsato lists and you can listen too


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 12:57 PM

'Come all you little niggers' is the minstral song by Heiser, 1884, referenced by Masato.
I found two gospel songs and a bawdy takeoff glancing through google. The post from John in Brisbane led me to wonder if there is an Australian song or version.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 08 Feb 05 - 06:25 AM

No Q, I didn't expect for a moment that the locally published song was even vaguely Australian. Can confirm todaythat it is the Heiser version. Thanks to Robyn at the Con Library.

Regards, John


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Subject: Lyr Add: CLIMBING UP DE GOLDEN STAIRS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 01:08 AM

From The Library of Congress American Memory Collection :

CLIMBING UP DE GOLDEN STAIRS : GREAT JUBILEE SONG
^^ F. Heiser
New York : T.B. Harms & Co., c1884.

1. Come, all you little niggers.
Now watch your cues and figures,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
If they think you are a dude,
They will treat you rather rude,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
Ole Peter looked so wicked
When I ask'd him for a ticket,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
At the sight of half a dollar,
He will grab you by the collar
    And fire you up de golden stairs.

CHORUS: Then hear them bells a-ringing!
'Tis sweet, I do declare.
Oh, hear them darkies singing,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.

2. Old Satan's not the dandy
To feed you on mix'd candy,
    Climbing up de golden stairs,
But he'll give you brimstone hot,
And he'll choke you on de spot,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
They'll lock you in the stable,
Make you fight for Cain and Abel,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
Old man Adam and his wife
Will be there with drum and fife,
    And march you up de golden stairs.

3. Go tell the Jersey Lily
The sights would knock her silly,
    Climbing up de golden stairs;
And tell John L. Sullivan,
He must be a better man,
    If he'd climb de golden stairs.
Bob Ingersoll's respected,
But is bound to be rejected,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.
Oh, you bet he'll kick and yell
When they fire him into—well,
    Climbing up de golden stairs.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CLIMBING UP THE GOLDEN STAIRS (Sturgill)
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 02:17 AM

Judging by her other recent gospel request, I suspect Harpgirl is after a song of slightly more recent vintage by Kate Peters Sturgill of Norton, Virginia.

CLIMBING UP THE GOLDEN STAIRS
^^ (Kate Peters Sturgill)

Just a little more of waiting
Shedding just a few more tears
Just a little more of stumblin'
Waitin' just a few more years
Havin' just a few more tribulations
We're all gonna have to bear
And we gather at the foot of the mountain over Jordan
Go climbin' up the golden stairs

Chorus:
Climbin' up the golden stairs
Climbin' up the golden stairs
Then we gather at the foot of the mountain over Jordan
Go climbin' up the golden stairs

Just a little more of sunshine
Just a little more of rain
Go climbin' up the stairs over Jordan
Join in where the angels sing
Gonna shake hands there with old moses
And all the heavenly band
We gather at the foot of the mountain over Jordan
Go climbin' up the golden stairs

Chorus

Just a little more of labour
Then our toilin' will be o'er
Go climbin' up the stairs over Jordan
Enter at the heavenly door
We'll walk all around the blessed city
With all our loved ones there
When we gather at the foot of the mountain over Jordan
Go climbin' up the golden stairs

Chorus

Source: transcription from recording by Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz on 'Draw Closer' Rounder Select 82161-0543-2 2004.

--Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Gwine to Climb de Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 07:48 PM


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Gwine to Climb de Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 08:39 PM

Lyr. Add: GWINE TO CLIMB DE GOLDEN STAIRS
Words and Music, Charles A. Williams, 1880

Solo
Oh! my dear sister Lu, put away my little shoes,
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs.
Solo
Put a chunk ob hair grease in my ole valise,
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!
Solo
Gabriel gwine to blow de horn, jes' as sure as you are born,
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs!
Solo
I gwine to git in de gate an' 'fore it gits too late
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!

Chorus (sop., alto, ten., bass.)
Oh! I gwine to heah sweet music ringin',
Den I'll curl my silken hair
I gwine to see black angels singin',
When I climb de golden stairs!

2
Solo
Gib my ole white beaver to my dear brudder Weaver
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs.
Solo
Hang my ole banjo on de kitchen door,
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!
Solo
Case I don't want to grumble, for my foot might stumble,
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs!
Solo
I gwine to feel mighty proud, when I pass free de clouds,
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!

Chorus
Oh! I gwine to hear sweet music ringin';
Den I'll curl my silken hair
I gwine to see black angels singin',
When I climb de golden stairs!

3.
Solo
Gwine take a 'lectric lamp, for to light me to de camp,
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs,
Solo
Tell my brudders I'm a-gwine by de new airline,
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!
Solo
Gwine to jine de angel ban' in dat happy lan'
Chorus
I gwine to climb de golden stairs!
Solo
I gwine to wear my silken gown an' my golden crown,
Chorus
I gwine to start up so early in de morn!

Chorus
Oh! I gwine to heah sweet music ringin',
Den I'll curl my silken hair
I gwine to see black angels singin',
When I climb de golden stairs!

Dedicated to the peerless comedian, Geo. Wilson, the greatest of all end songs.
As sung by Geo. Wilson and Charley Yale.
Geo. D. Newhall & Co., Publishers, Cinncinnati (also Ditson, NY, etc.), 1880.

Perhaps inspired by a spiritual, but not found. Also a possibility that the painting, 'The Golden Stairs,' by Burne-Jones, which was attracting much attention at this time, might have been known to the composers (although it was about stairs to wisdom).

This end song preceded "Climbing Up the Golden Stairs," by F. Heiser, pub. 1884, and the 'correct edition,' published by Willis and Woodward, also 1884.
.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: GUEST,riverboat annie
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:23 PM

Stewie got it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:23 PM

Lyr. Add: CLIMBING UP DE GOLDEN STAIRS
F. Heiser, 1884, Willis and Woodward ed.

1.
Come all you little "niggers,"
Now watch your cues and figures,
While climbin' up de golden stairs!
If dey think you are a "dude,"
Dey will trat you rather rude,
When you're climbin' up de golden stairs!
Chorus
Den, hear dem bells a ringin',
'Tis sweet I do declare;
Just hear dem darkies singin',
Climbin' up de golden stairs!
2.
Ole Peter look'd so wicked,
When I ask'd him for a ticket
To go climbin' up de golden stairs!
If I'd git a halfadollar,
How he'd grab me by de collar!
An' fire me up de golden stairs!
Chorus
3.
Grim ole Satan he's no dandy
He'll not feed you on mixed candy
When you're climbin up de golden stairs!
Says he, "brimstone's good enuff,
No tobaker, beer or snuff
When you're climbin' up de golden stairs!
Chorus
4.
They'll lock you in a stable,
Make you fight for Cain and Abel,
A climbin' up de golden stairs!
Good ole Adam an' his wife,
Dey will play de drums an' fife
To greet you on de golden stairs!
Chorus
5.
Bob Ingersoll's* respected,
But you bet! he'll be rejected
While tryin' ter climb de golden stairs!
Oh! won't he kick and yell
When dey fire him into ---well,
We'll be climbin' up de golden stairs!
Chorus

Some verses different from those in the Harms & Co. printing, posted by Jim Dixon.
*Robert G. (Bob) Ingersoll (b. 1833), the silver-tongued 'atheist' (agnostic) lecturer, filled halls across the country, in spite of his subject. "Rob't G. Ingersoll's 44 Complete Lectures" in book form were reprinted several times.

Vance Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 2, no. 301, includes the version sung by Miss Katherine Ollinger, Arkansas, 1941, which has verses from both 1884 printings.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: GUEST,riverboat annie
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:25 PM

and thanks. But those other songs are kinda rude.....!


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Subject: Lyr. Add: I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 09:56 PM

Lyr. Add: I'M GONNA WALK DEM GOLDEN STAIRS
Elvis Pressley, written by? Cully Holt

I'm gonna walk, walk dem golden stairs
'cause I know my Jesus answers all my prayers
Well, well I know when he calls me to my home on high
I'll walk dem golden stairs whei I die, when I die.

Oh Lord you know I can hardly wait
To reach that suite* by and by by by *sweet
And now I see those per, per, pearly gate
I'll walk dem golden stairs when I die, when I die.
Well, well, well
I'm gonna walk dem golden stairs'cause I know my Jesus answers all my prayers
Well, well I know when he calls me to my home on high
I'll walk dem golden stairs when I die, when I die.

When Jesus says to me well done
And all my cares are laid by
I'll lay down my soul, my battles are won
I'll walk dem golden stairs when I die, when I die.

Well, well, well
I'm gonna walk, walk dem golden stairs
'cause I know my Jesus answers all my prayers
Well, well I know when he calls me to my home on high
I'll walk dem golden stairs when I die, when I die.

Well, well,
I'm gonna walk, walk dem golden stairs
'cause I know when he calls me to my home on high
I'll walk dem golden stairs when I die, when I die.

1960. The gospel version as sung by Elvis Pressley. Other versions?

Several sites have these lyrics with the same mistakes.
http://elvispressley.lyrics.info/imgonnawalkdemgoldenstairs.html


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Climbing Up the White House Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:42 PM

Lyr. Add: CLIMBING UP THE WHITE HOUSE STAIRS
Parody, c. 1884, Grover Cleveland Campaign

Oh, the fourth of March is coming,
And the cannons will be bumming,
Climbing up the White House Stairs.
Cleveland will be there
To occupy the chair,
Oh, climbing up the White House Stairs.

Chorus:
Oh, hear those bells a-ringing,
'Tis sweet, I do declare,
To hear those girls a-singing,
Climbing up the White House Stairs.

Artemisia is a great sneezer,
Takes a smart man to tease her,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She wears such tight sleeves,
Makes the boys get on their knees,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Beulah is a cooler,
Takes a sharper one to fool her,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She can compose,
But she hasn't any beaus,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Gladys is very small,
And can outdance them all,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
But mind what she's about,
Someone will cut her out,
As she climbs up the White House stairs.

Next comes Uselel,
To whom the boys will kneel,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
Her eyes are very bright,
You can see them in the night,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Helena has been round
On the Exposition ground,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She has a great many bangles,
But one of them don't dangle,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Hattie Sibley's little curl
Will make the boys whirl,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She lost her little bell,
And where she can tell,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Florence has a beau
But thinks we don't know,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She goes to and fro,
And she's not so very slow,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Annie is very nice,
And as sweet as any spice,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
If she hasn't any beau,
She will get one I know,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Hattie plays well
Because she has a bell,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
But it hasn't any clapper,
And that's what's the matter,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Edna is very gay,
We meet her on the way,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She has a little band
That just fits her hand,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Elodia comes last
And holds them all fast,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She is quite a poet,
I want you all to know it,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

This political parody persisted in folk form, probably used to satirize people at a dance or party. Sung by Mrs. Van Iderstine, Alabama, 1953.
Ray B. Brown, 1979, "The Alabama Folk Lyric: A Study in Origins and Media of Dissemination," no. 136, pp. 346-348.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 03:54 PM

Climbing Up the Golden Stairs; Singing Square Formation

(Called by Tony Saletan) "Like Merry-Go-Round, this square has an improvised feeling. Each round is different. I tell dancers: "Whatever I call for you to do with your corner, do it once. Whatever I call for you to do with your partner (probably someone else), do it at least twice- just keep doing it with your partner until you know what to do next."
Each round ends with a corner swing and prominade. I often close the dance with a grand right and left all the way twice around (since this is "with partner"); swing and swing again, and promenade twice around (for the same reason); and don't forget the thank them twice.

Tenth Legacy! New England Folk Festival Assn., Inc., 1997
www.izaak.unh.edu/nhltmd/syllabus1997.pdf

Note- The Syllabus has texts for a number of dances and songs.


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