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Lyr Add: Where Shall I Be? (Spiritual)

Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Mar 05 - 04:45 PM
wysiwyg 15 Mar 05 - 04:48 PM
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nutty 15 Mar 05 - 05:40 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 15 Mar 05 - 07:34 PM
Azizi 15 Mar 05 - 09:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 04:45 PM

Several versions of this spiritual, which sometimes incorporates verses from other songs.

Lyr. Add: WHAR SHALL I BE?

Moses lived till he got old,
Whar shall I be?
Buried in de mountain, so I'm told,
Whar shall I be?

Whar shall I be when de first trumpet sounds?
Whar shall I be when it sounds so loud?
When it sound so loud that it wake up the dead,
Whar shall I be when it sounds?

Well, God showed Noar de rainbow sign,
Whar shall I be?
No more water but fire nex' time,
Whar shall I be?

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
Whar shall I be?
Tole me whar my Saviour gone,
Whar shall I be?

John declar'd he saw a man,
Whar shall I be?
Wid seben lamps in his right han',
Whar shall I be?

The authors consider this to be a later song, "a general mixture of old songs and new songs, old traits and new traits, the Negro sings a beautiful song which he has called "Whar Shall I Be?" The usual imagery is seen."
Howard W. Odum and Guy B. Johnson, 1925 (and reprints), The Negro and His Songs," Univ. North Carolina (later Greenwood and Negro Universities Press, 1976), pp. 134-135.

Lyr. Add: Where Shall I Be When de Firs' Trumpet Soun'?

Refrain
Where shall I be when de firs' trumpet soun',
Where shall I be when it soun' so loud,
Soun' so loud till it wakes up the dead,
Where shall I be when it soun'?

Solo
Moses died in de days of old,
Where shall I be?
Where he was buried has never been told,
Oh Where shall I be?

God gave de people de rainbow sign,
Where shall I be?
No more water, but fire next time
Where shall I be?

With music, p. 173. This song was not in the 1874 edition, but was added in a later edition, probably that of 1909 (fifth ed.) when some 25 songs from Fisk and elsewhere were added. A new and enlarged edition had previously been published in 1891.

Nathaniel Dett, 1927, "Religious Folk Songs of the Negro as Sung at Hampton Institute," Hampton University Press. AMS edition, 1972.

Johnson and Johnson, "The Books of American Negro Spirituals," Book 1, p. 136, includes the following verse:

Gwine try on my robe when de firs' trumpet soun'
Where shall I be
Gwine try on ma robe, etc.

Lyrics Add: WHERE SHALL I BE (Carter)

The judgement day is drawing nigh
Where shall I be
When God the work of men shall try
Where shall I be.

When east and west the fire will roll
Where shall I be
How will it be with my poor soul
Where shall I be.

Chorus
Oh, where shall I be
When the first trumpet sounds
Oh, where will I be
When it sounds so loud
When it sounds so loud as to wake up the dead
Oh, where shall I be when it sounds.

When wicked men his wrath shall see
Where shall I be
And to the rocks and mountains flee
Where shall I be.

When hills and mountains *flee away
Where shall I be
And all the work of men decay
Where shall I be.

Oh, where shall I be
When the first trumpet sounds
Oh, where shall I be
When it sounds so loud
When it sounds so loud as to wake up the dead
Oh, where shall I be when it sounds.

When the savior reigns from shore to shore
Where shall I be
**From God's angry presence thrown
Where shall I be.

Well, I'll be sleeping in my grave
When the first trumpet sounds
I'll be sleeping in my grave
When it sounds so loud
When it sounds so loud as to wake up the dead
I'll be sleeping in my grave when it sounds.

Repeat last chorus.

*wear, not flee(?). **When God's angry presence roars(?). Their renditions varied slightly, also transcriptions sometimes in error. Carter Family Songs, part Seven. Carter Songs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 04:48 PM

Q, would you please list the thread ID and all the titles in the permathread as well.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 05:00 PM

Like this:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=79315
WHAR SHALL I BE?
Where Shall I Be When de Firs' Trumpet Soun'?
WHERE SHALL I BE (Carter)

I'll go do it.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: nutty
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 05:40 PM

You can listen to the Carter family singing this song

CLICK HERE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 07:34 PM

Thanks. Nutty. The mountains flee, not wear away. 'From God's angry presence is thrown' is sung. The best known white gospel version of this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 09:03 PM

I remember this song from my African American church [Union Baptist Temple, Atlantic City, New Jersey from the 1950s-mid 1960s
[and probably afterwards as well but by then I had moved out of town and only came back for visits]

We sung these verses from the Carter version with a very uptempo beat"

WHERE SHALL I BE

When judgement day is drawing nigh.
Where shall I be.
When God the work of men shall try.
Where shall I be.

When east and west the fire shall roll.
Where shall I be.
when God shall judge every soul **
Where shall I be.

Chorus
Where shall I be
When the first trumpet sounds.
[Oh-o-o} where shall I be
When it sounds so loud.
When it sounds so loud as to WAKE UP the dead.
where shall I be when it sounds.

* I'm positive that we didn't sing "How will it be with my poor
soul". {We wouldn't have wanted to be reminded that we were poor}
I seem to recall the line being as I wrote it above, but this could
be mishearing and/or mis-remembering.The word "judge would have to
be divided into two syllables to make it fit the pattern: "jud-uge"
I don't remember singing the other verses given above at all.


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE? (SPIRITUAL)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Mar 05 - 10:46 PM

Does anyone have the Blind Lemon Jefferson version?

The African-American pastor and composer of more than 1000 gospel songs, Charles Price Jones, wrote a version of "Where Shall I Be When the Last Trumpet Sounds." A brief biography and some of his songs are included in the Cyberhymnal.

The Bucks County Choral Society (PA) sings "When the Trumpet Sounds" in their concerts (incomplete?):

Where shall I be when the trumpet sounds,
When it sounds so loud till it wakes up the dead,
Tell me where I shall be when the trumpet sounds.
Sinner, please don't let this harvest pass.
Oh, in that judgement day the sinner will run.
Where shall I be when the trumpet sounds,
In that great judgement day!

Arranged by Andre Thomas


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Where Shall I Be? (Spiritual)
From: TinDor
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 02:13 AM

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Where Shall I Be' BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON (1927)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHERE SHALL I BE WHEN DE FIRS' TRUMPET...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 06:24 PM

From Religious Folk Songs of the Negro as Sung on the Plantations: New Edition by Thomas Putnam Fenner, Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (Hampton, VA: The Institute Press, 1905), page 172?where it appears with musical notation for 4 voices:


WHERE SHALL I BE WHEN DE FIRS' TRUMPET SOUN'?

CHORUS: Where shall I be when de firs' trumpet soun'?
Where shall I be when it soun' so loud,
Soun' so loud till it wakes up de dead?
Where shall I be when it soun'?

1. Moses died in de days of old.
Where shall I be?
Where he was buried has never been told.
Where shall I be?

2. God gave de people de rainbow sign.
Where shall I be?
No more water, but fire next time.
Where shall I be?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Where Shall I Be? (Spiritual)
From: GUEST,rosie
Date: 23 Dec 14 - 06:17 PM

Where Shall I Be
Where shall I be when that first trumpet sounds. (In Land Cannon Land)
Where shall I be when it sounds so loud?
It will sound so loud it will wake up all the dead.
Where shall I be when it sounds?

We know that Gabriel will blow, Lord, that trumpet so loud
We know the Righteous that Keeps the Commandments, will gather in Cannon Land.
Now I'll be glad, won't you, yes, to see the Father and my Savior too.
Please tell me Lord, Where shall I be when it sounds, when it sounds.

Where shall I be when that first trumpet sounds. (In Land Cannon Land)
Where shall I be when it sounds so loud?
It will sound so loud it will wake up all the dead.
Where shall I be when it sounds?

You know that I am so wonderfully, oh yes, saved lord from all my sins.
We know that Enamuel, He's so sweet, yes, that He lives deep within.
Now, one day, Lord, I will rise, yes, to my home over in Cannon Land.
Please tell me, Lord where shall I be when it sounds, Lord, when it sounds.
Where shall I be when that first trumpet sounds. (In Land Cannon Land)
Where shall I be when it sounds so loud?
It will sound so loud it will wake up all the dead.
Where shall I be when it sounds?


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