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Lyr Req: Oh! Wake Up in de Morning (minstrel)

Jon W. 31 Jan 07 - 06:29 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 31 Jan 07 - 07:32 PM
Bob the Postman 31 Jan 07 - 07:33 PM
Jon W. 01 Feb 07 - 12:22 PM
Jon W. 01 Feb 07 - 12:52 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 01 Feb 07 - 01:32 PM
Jon W. 02 Feb 07 - 01:31 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Feb 07 - 02:29 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Jon W.
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 06:29 PM

On Bob Flesher's "Civil War Banjo" CD there is an instrumental that includes a tune he calls "Get up in the Morning." It is very close to the tune Mike Seegar uses for "Blue Tail Fly" on his "Southern Banjo Sounds" CD - which is pretty much the same as Burl Ives et. al. My question is are there any other lyrics - traditional or from the minstrel era (1830-1870) - for this fine tune that perhaps include the title?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 07:32 PM

Original sheet music for "Jim Crack Corn or The Blue Tail Fly" at American Memory and Levy Sheet Music.
The Virginia Minstrels, 1846. The opening notes are similar to those of "Miss Lucy Long."
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

Another copy at Levy Sheet Music- http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/levy-cgi/display.cgi?id=020.008.000;pages=3;range=0-2

Singers of the 'folk song era,' including those you mentioned, used slight variations on the original for their interpretations.

Threads here at Mudcat on "Jimmy Crack Corn" and "Blue tail Fly" may have some information, but I know of no old related song, "Get up ..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 07:33 PM

Would it be the same as Rise When The Rooster Crows?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Jon W.
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 12:22 PM

Bob, it doesn't appear to be the same song - I don't think those words scan well to the tune.

Here is a version close to Mike Seegar's in the Digitrad.

BTW Bob Flesher got the tune out of "Brigg's Banjo Instructor." (1855?) Anyone have that book, and if so, does it include lyrics?

PS I don't know why I said the Mike Seeger version is similar to Burl Ives etc. The tune is similar but the lyrics are completely different except the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Jon W.
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 12:52 PM

I found this set of lyrics. They would scan to the same tune but of course would need to be cleaned up a lot for modern audiences.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Feb 07 - 01:32 PM

Sheet music for "Oh! Wake Up in de Morning," 1846, at Levy Sheet Music.
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/levy-search.html

http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/levy-cgi/display.cgi?id=020.093.000;pages=4;range=0-3
Oh! Wake Up in de Morning


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Get up in the Morning (minstrel)
From: Jon W.
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 01:31 AM

Q, that looks like the same tune (I'm not the greatest sight reader in the world so I can't say for sure). Thanks much. The Mudcat triumphs again!


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Subject: Lyr Add: OH! WAKE UP IN DE MORNING (minstrel)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 02:29 PM

Lyrics below copied from Public Domain Music and corrected a bit by me, based on the sheet music images at The Library of Congress American Memory Collection (which are a bit more legible than those at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music).

Whitlock's Collection of Ethiopian Melodies.
as sung with great applause by
William Whitlock
at the
Principal Theatres in the United States
No. 3 of 12
OH! WAKE UP IN DE MORNING
Words by W. C. T.
& Sung by
William Whitlock.
New York: C. G. Christman, 164 Pearl Street, 1847.

1. Oh! I was born in Tenese
War de sihts de boys do see
Oh I did wake dem ebry morn
And dis de way I blowd my horn
Oh! wake up in de morning
Oh! wake up in de morning
Oh! wake up in de morning
afor de brake ob day.

2. My massa owned a pretty gal
De folks dey called her yaller Sal
De greatest gal in that big place
Wid de broadest foot and blackest face
Oh! wake up——

3. Dis Sal was tall as you could see
Her shape was like de poplar tree
And when she passed de dogs dey howled
De bullfrogs screamed and tadpoles growl'd
Oh! wake up——

4. And Sal she had a lubly moufe
Twould reach de poles from norfe to soufe
And when it oped from ear to ear
You'd jump about a foot from fear
Oh! wake up——

5. De Darkies once did gib a ball
Dey hab it at de darkies hall
So Sall and I to de ball did go
War we did out de biggest show
Oh! wake up——

6. While sal was dancing in a reel
A nigger stept upon her heel
She turned around to gib a grin
Open'd her mouth and her head fell in
Oh! wake up——

7. Dey formed a jury on de spot
De Darkies sweet it was so hot
But pity changed to deep dispair
When her leg give a jerk and her body was'nt dere
Oh! wake up——


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