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Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan

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Subject: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 03:51 PM

Thread for this old hymn and its variants.

Lyr. Add: I AM BOUND FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN
Sabbath School Hymn, c. 1860

1.
Together let us sweetly live,
I am bound for the land of Canaan;
Together let us sweetly die,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
Chorus:
O Canaan, bright Canaan,
I am bound for the land of Canaan;
O Canaan, it is my happy home,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
2.
If you get there before I do,
I am bound for the land of Canaan;
Then praise the Lord, I'm coming too,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
3.
Part of my friends the prize have won,
I am bound for the land of Canaan;
And I'm resolved to travel on,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.

Anon., 1863, A Collection of Sabbath School Hymns. Compiled by a Sabbath School Teacher, for the Benefit of the Children of the Confederate States. Raleigh Register Steam-Power Press, 1863.
http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/sabbath/sabbath.html

Lyr. Add: SWEET CANAAN
Lyrics: Mead's General Collection, 1807
Tune E. J. King, 1844

1.
Oh who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
I'm bound fair Canaan's land to see,
I'm bound for the land of Canaan.
Chorus:
Oh Canaan, sweet Canaan,
I'm bound for the land of Canaan.
Sweet Canaan, 'tis my happy home;
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
2.
I'll join with those who've gone before,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
Where sin and sorrow are no more,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.

Perhaps the oldest text.

http://fasola.org/index/L/087.html
Sweet Canaan

Lyr. Add: BRIGHT CANAAN
Coll. and Arr. Annabel Morris Buchanan

1.
O who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
I'm bound fair Canaan's land to see,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
2.
I'll join with them who've gone before,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
Where sin and sorrow are no more,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.
3.
Oh, Canaan, bright Canaan!
I'm bound for the land of Canaan,
Oh, Canaan it is my happy home,
I am bound for the land of Canaan.

Source: Folk Hymns of America, Coll. and Arranged by Annabel Morris Buchanan, J. Fischer & Bro/. 1938.
The song with piano accompaniment may be heard at the website linked below.

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/christn/canaan.html
Bright Canaan

The hymn was known to Frederick Douglass.

Azizi, could you post the spiritual version?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 03:57 PM

In thread 2906, Joe Offer posted a verse from Albert E. Brumley which is based on this hymn.
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2906


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Goose Gander
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 04:35 PM

CANAAN

1. Together let us sweetly live;
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
Together let us sweetly die,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!


O Canaan, sweet Canaan,
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
O Canaan, it is my happy home,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!


2. The way the holy prophets went,
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
The way that leads from banishment,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!

From the AMERICAN VOCALIST D. H. Mansfield (Boston, 1848 and 1849)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 04:54 PM

SWEET CANAAN'S HAPPY LAND

Oh, my brother, did you come for help to me?
Pray and give me your right hand
Oh, my sister, did you come for help to me?
Pray and give me your right hand

Oh, the land I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
Pray give me your right hand

http://www.negrospirituals.com/news-song/sweet_canaan_s_happy_land.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 04:58 PM

Btw, here is what I wrote about this song on Mudcat's O Freedom thread:

"I only know this song ["I Am Bound For The Land Of Canaan"] from reading about it. I'm assuming that this is the song that Frederick Douglass indicates that he sung {along with the others who escaped freedom with him}. However, I don't know if there is any documentation that this was the exact song that Douglas referred to."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 05:38 PM

Refrain from "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand" :

I am bound for the promised land,
I am bound for the promised land;
Oh who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the promised land.

See 1st. verse of "Sweet Canaan," above.
Samuel Stennett, in "Selection of Hymns," by John Rippon, 1787.

Cyberhymnal: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/j/ojordsbi.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Goose Gander
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 05:56 PM

I Am Bound for the Promised Land


From the Wolf Folklore Collection, no title information provided


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 06:11 PM

Samuel Stennett's first verse in "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand" is in the hymn from the Wolf Collection. See Cyberhymnal.

On Jordan's Stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan's fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.


(I thought you couldn't take it with you!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 07:24 PM

It's also in The American Vocalist (ca. 1848 tunebook), as CANAAN.
Canaan

1. Together let us sweetly live;
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
Together let us sweetly die,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!
O Canaan, sweet Canaan,
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
O Canaan, it is my happy home,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!
2. The way the holy prophets went,
I am bound for the land of Canaan,
The way that leads from banishment,
I am bound for the land of Canaan!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 07:35 PM

Sorry, Michael Morris had posted The Ameican Vocalist version above.

The version from A Collection of Sabbath School Hymns (1863) has 4th & 5th stanzas:
18. I AM BOUND FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN.


                         1 Together let us sweetly live,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan;
                         Together let us sweetly die,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         Chorus.--O Canaan, bright Canaan,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan;
                         O Canaan, it is my happy home,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         2 If you get there before I do,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan:
                         Then praise the Lord, I'm coming too,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         Chorus.--O Canaan, &c.


                         3 Part of my friends the prize have won,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan:
                         And I'm resolved to travel on,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         Chorus.--O Canaan, &c.


                         4 Then come with me, beloved friend,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan;
                         The joys of heaven shall never end,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         Chorus.--O Canaan, &c.


                         5 Our songs of praise shall fill the skies,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan;
                         While higher still our joys they rise,
                         I am bound for the land of Canaan.


                         Chorus.--O Canaan, &c.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 07:58 PM

The "Sweet Canaan's happy land" version Azizi has posted seems to come from J.B.T. Marsh's The Story of the Jubilee Singers, With Their Songs (AMS reprint of 1880 ed., 1971, no. 112: "Sweet Canaan").


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:31 PM

The chorus of "Sweet Canaan" as posted by Azizi is from Marsh, as noted by Masato. ("Oh, the land I am bound for").
The verses are:
"Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me? (3x)
Pray give me your right hand, your right hand."
(not pray and give)
Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me? (3x)
Pray give me yout right hand, your right hand.

No. 112, with score, p. 243, Marsh, J. B. T., 1880s revised ed. (75th thousand), "The Story of the Jubilee Singers; with Their Songs," Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston. Also in Gibbs, W. J., 1920s, "Negro Spirituals, or the Songs of the Jubilee Singers," no. 112.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 09:03 PM

Thanks, Masato, for posting the two verses I missed from the text in Sabbath School Hymns.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Goose Gander
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 10:45 PM

I'M BOUND FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN or SWEET CANAAN, OSH 87
(No. 190)

O who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the land of Canaan
I'm bound fair Canaan's land to see
I am bound for the land of Canaan

O Canaan, sweet Canaan
I'm bound for the land of Canaan
Sweet Canaan 'tis my happy home
I'm bound for the land of Canaan

I'll join with those who're gone before, etc.
Where sin and sorrow are no more, etc.

(chorus)

If you get there before I do, etc.
Look for me, I'm coming too, etc.

(chorus)

Source:
George Pullen Jackson, Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1964; first published in 1937), p. 198

Notes:
"Text is based on a poem by Watts. The stanzas which are associated with the above are numerous, and are also the refrains and choruses. Found also BHTBK (1857), p. 334; and MHTBK (1889), No. 885. In The Musical Quarterly, vol. xxii., No. 2, I have shown the relationship between the above tune and Stephen Foster's 'The Glendy Burk' and 'Old Uncle Ned.' See also Dett, p. 188, for a negro song showing some textual and melodic influences."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Goose Gander
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 11:38 PM

SWEET CANAAN

Oh, de land I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
Pray, give me your right hand

Oh, my brother did you come for to help me
Oh, my brother did you come for to help me
Oh, my brother did you come for to help me
Pray give me your right hand, your right hand

Oh, my sister did you come for to help me
Oh, my sister did you come for to help me
Oh, my sister did you come for to help me
Pray, etc.

Source:
Hampton, VA. Normal and Agricultural Institute, Religious Folk Songs of the Negro (Hampton, VA: The Institute Press, 1920), p. 62

Notes:
"My mother used to tell me how the colored People all expected to be free some day, and how one night, a great many of them met together in a Cabin, and tied little budgets on their backs, as though they expected to go off some where, and cried, and shook hands, and sang this hymn."
Alice Davies


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Goose Gander
Date: 22 Feb 07 - 11:53 AM

It looks like this one has been composed and recomposed a number of times. Here are a couple more references:

"Sweet Canaan"
John McCurry, The Social Harp (Philadelphia, 1855)

"Sweet Canaan"
Words & music by Rev. John Moffitt (1829);
White & King, Sacred Harp (1844; 1971 edn.) p.87
Roud 2839

But I can't find lyrics or sheet music for either, so I really can't be sure how they compare to the other variants listed here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Gospel Railway
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Feb 07 - 01:19 PM

Rather than start a new thread, here is an old gospel song by G. W. Sederquist about the gospel railway en route to Canaan's land.

Lyr. Add: THE GOSPEL RAILWAY
George W. Sederquist 1838-1921

I'm on the gospel railway, en route to Canaan's land,
I've left the world behind me, to join the pilgrim band,
The way is safe, the rails are strong, the train is going thro',
And all who wear Christ's uniform will meet in grand review.

Chorus:
Then get on board the gospel train,
Oh get on board today,
For if you miss your chance on this,
You'll find no other way.

The gospel train was started six thousand years ago,
At times it ran like lightning, at other times quite slow;
But He who now controls the train, and keeps it on the track,
Will run it through to paradise, but will not bring it back.

No other train will follow the Calv'ry mountain line,
The Bible is the headlight, which makes the engine shine,
The signal is the ringing bell, inviting all to come
And take a trip to Beulah land, the saints' eternal home.


The train is at the station, and waiting now for thee,
King Jesus is Conductor, He offers passage free;
O sinner get your passport now, while open is the gate,
When Gabriel blows, the gate will close, and then 'twill be too late.

She soon will reach the station, the last one on the line,
In yonder golden city, where tow'rs of crystal shine;
When all the resurrected host, from either land or sea,
Will join the coronation song, the final jubilee.

No. 26, with sheet music, "The Golden Sheaf, a Collection of Choice Hymns and Songs," The Advent Christian Pub. Society, Boston, 1902.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 09:01 PM

To answer Azizi's question- during the underground railroad the word Canaan was substituted for the word "Canada" which was the destination of some slaves.

Here's some info:

In 1841 Queen Victoria of Britain declared that any fugitive slave
reaching Canada from the United States was immediately granted
Canadian citizenship. For people like Tubman, who dedicated their
lives to conducting African-American slaves to freedom, Victoria's
gesture was an absolute solution for a destination, and was something
to be celebrated in the songs employed to inspire and guide people
there. Between 1820 and 1850 it wasn't necessary to get an escaping
slave all the way up to Canada to assure freedom. That changed with
the Fugitive Slave Act, part of the Compromise of 1850. The new act
meant that the demarcation between slave territory and free territory
inside the United States, mandated since the Compromise of 1820, was
begrudgingly no longer legally observed. So, it was in the 1850s that
Queen Victoria's offer of protection through Canadian citizenship took on increased significance, as did the songs that acknowledged it.

The title of the song you already have is "I'm On My Way to Canada,"
which was sung to the tune of Stephen Foster's "Oh, Susannah" --

"I'm On My Way to Canada"

I'm on My Way to Canada
tune: Oh, Susannah

I'm on way to Canada,
That cold and dreary land;
The sad effects of slavery,
I can no longer stand.
I've served my master all my days,
Without a dime's reward;
And now I'm forced to run away,
To flee the lash abroad.

Farewell, old master, don't think hard of me,
I'm on my way to Canada, where all the slaves are free.

The hounds are baying on my track,
Old master comes behind,
Resolved that he will bring me back,
Before I cross the line;
I'm now embarked for yonder shore,
There a man's a man by law;
The iron horse will bear me o'er,
To shake the lion's paw.

Oh, righteous Father, will thou not pity me,
And aid me on to Canada, where all the slaves are free.

Oh, I heard Queen Victoria say,
That if we would forsake
Our native land of slavery,
And come across the lake;
That she was standing on the shore,
With arms extended wide,
To give us all a peaceful home
Beyond the rolling tide

Farewell, old master, don't think hard of me,
I'm on my way to Canada, where all the slaves are free.

That's what I believe you already know. With a strong medium of oral
transmission over a geographic area like the American South, there
were numerous variations of what is structurally the same song. The
nature of those variations are significant enough to create unique
references to Queen Victoria from version to version. Now consider
this version, attributed to George N. Allen and dated 1854. It's even
known by alternative titles


I'm On My Way to Canada/The Underground Railcar

I'm on my way to Canada a freeman's right to share.
The cruel wrongs of Slavery I can no longer bear;
My heart is crush'd within me so while I remain a slave,
That I'm resolved to strike the blow for Freedom or the Grave!

O Great Father! do thou pity me.
And help me on to Canada where the panting is free!

I've served my Master all my days without the least reward,
And now I'm forc'd to flee away to shun the lash abhor'd;
The hounds are baying on my track, my Master's just behind,
Resolv'd that he will bring be back and fast his fetters bind.

O Great Father! do thou pity me.
And help me on to Canada where the panting slave is free!

I've heard that Queen Victoria has pledged us all a home
Beyond the reach of Slavery, if we will only come;
So I have fled this weary way, my guide the bright north star,
And now, thank God, I speed today in the Underground Railcar.

O old Master! why come after me,
I'm whizzing fast to Canada where the panting slave is free!

Now embark for yonder shore, sweet land of liberty.
The vessel soon will bear me o'er, and I shall then be free;
No more I'll dread the auctioneer, nor fear the Master's frowns,
No more I'll tremble lest I hear the baying of the hounds.

O old Master, 'tis vain to follow me.
I'm just in sight of Canada, where the panting slave is free!

Yes! I am safe in Canada -- my soul and body free.
My blood and tears no more shall drench thy soil, O Tennessee!
Yet how can I suppress the tear that's stealing from my eye,
To think my friends and kindred dear as slaves must live and die.

O dear friends, haste and follow me,
For I am safe in Canada, where the panting slave is free!

In an 1863 article on Sojourner Truth, Harriet Beecher Stowe excerpted lyrics from a third version of the same song, citing it as one of Truth's favorites. This version referenced Queen Victoria in a less direct way. Here are the excerpts Stowe provided:


"I'm on my way to Canada,
That cold, but happy land;
The dire effects of Slavery
I can no longer stand.
O righteous Father,
Do look down on me,
And help me on to Canada,
Where colored folks are free!"
   
The lyric ran on to state, that, when the fugitive crosses the Canada line,

"The Queen comes down unto the shore,
With arms extended wide,
To welcome the poor fugitive
Safe onto Freedom's side."

The indirectness of the reference in the version of "I'm On My Way to
Canada" sung by Truth, in which Victoria is mentioned by title and not
name, points to other possibilities for references in this context.
Since fleeing slaves had freedom in Canada by virtue of Queen
Victoria's extension of citizenship, references to Canada in slave
songs also acknowledged Queen Victoria's benevolence.

Often, songs that could identify those on the path to freedom would
cleverly obscure that meaning with an additional spiritual context.
Fredrick Douglas once observed, "A keen observer might have detected
Canada in our repeated singing of 'O Canaan, sweet Canaan, [and] I am
bound for the land of Canaan.'" Douglas' remark establishes that
slaves readily substituted "Canaan" for Canada. Canaan was the
Biblical land God promised the descendants of Abraham, and delivered
upon their escape from slavery in Egypt, just as Victoria promised
freedom in Canada and bestowed citizenship upon reaching Canadian
soil. With that in mind, here are lyrics to two songs referring to
"Canaan" as a destination it would obviously be pleasant to reach:


"Bound For Canaan Land"

Where're you bound?
Bound for Canaan land
O, you must not lie
You must not steal
You must not take God's name in vain
I'm bound for Canaan land
Your horse is white, your garment is bright
You look like a man of war
Raise up your head with courage bold
For your race is almost run
How you know?
Jesus told me
Although you see me going so
I'm bound for Canaan land
I have trials here below
I'm bound for Canaan land

"Sweet Canaan's Happy Land"

Oh, my brother, did you come for help to me?
Pray and give me your right hand
Oh, my sister, did you come for help to me?
Pray and give me your right hand
Oh, the land I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound for
Sweet Canaan's happy land
Pray give me your right hand

Queen Victoria of Britain offered both freedom and citizenship to
fugitive African-American slaves who successfully escaped the
boundaries of the United States. The awareness of that gesture on a
range of levels is historically noteworthy, to the point of being
remarkable. As these songs and variations note, that gesture was
acknowledged. Some times it was celebrated by acknowledging Victoria
personally, or just by title as Queen, or simply as the known or
unknown reason why the far off land of Canada could be looked to as a
promised land of spiritual proportions. Those acknowledgements made an unusual place for Queen Victoria in the story of the American journey up from slavery.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 10:16 PM

The song that was sung was "Bound for the Promised Land":

On the day of her planned escape with her brothers (ca 1840), Ms. Tubman thought it only fitting to bid a proper farewell to those persons whom she might never see again (Bradford 27). These are the words she sang on that fateful day:

BOUN' FOR DE PROMISED LAND- Tubman- Circa 1840

When dat ar ole chariot comes,
I'm gwine to lebe you,
I'm boun' for de promised land,
Frien's, I'm gwine to lebe you.

I'm sorry, frien's, to lebe you,
Farewell! Oh, farewell!
But I'll meet you in de mornin',
Farewell! Oh, farewell!

I'll meet you in de mornin',
When you reach de promised land;
On de oder side of Jordan,
For I'm boun' for de promised land (Bradford 28).

I'm curious about relationship of the two songs "Bound for the Promised Land" and "Bound for Canaan's Land."

Waht is the source for thsi spiritual (listed earlier and in my post?

Bound For Canaan Land

Where're you bound?
Bound for Canaan land
O, you must not lie
You must not steal (etc.)

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 10:41 PM

There are two versions I'm familar but don't know the source; here's one:

I'm Bound For the Land of Caanan

I have started for a city on that bright eternal shore
Where the saints of God shall gather and live on forevermore
Tis a land of love and purity where my possessions lie
And I am bound for the land of Canaan when I die (when I die)

Chorus: Oh yes I'm bound (bound for the land of Canaan)
For the land of Canaan (Canaan yes I am)
By the love and grace of God (love of God)
That city I'm gainin' (I am gaining ground)
Some happy day (some happy day)
With all the ransomed I'll stand
And sing His praise way over in Canaan's happy land (happy land)

Oh the land of rest eternal where the living waters flow
Ev'ry day I'm one day nearer to its portals, this I know.
Some sweet morning I'll be singing "Glory, glory" to the Lamb
For I am bound for the land of Canaan yes I am (yes I am)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Here's performance on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuvwwcUZeK8&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 11:49 PM

18a PARTING FRIENDS folk hymn (MG, SH, DA)
Text: Unknown
Tune: Unknown. A variant of this tune first appears as FULFILMENT, arr. by E.J. King, in the Sacred Harp, 1844. It first appears with this text in John G. McCurry's Social Harp, 1855, with the note: "the author, when eight years old, learned the air of this tune from Mrs. Catharine Penn"
Arrangement: Marsha Genensky

Farewell my friends, I'm bound for Canaan,
I'm trav'ling through the wilderness;
Your company has been delightful,
You who doth leave my mind distressed.

I go away, behind to leave you;
Perhaps never to meet again,
But if we never have the pleasure,
I hope we'll meet on Canaan's land.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 05:24 PM

Tubman escaped in 1849 (twice, she made a trip back the same year to help relatives. In all she helped some 70 slaves escape.
The story about Tubman singing "I'm Boun' for de Promised Land" comes from Stedman's biography, 1869. Historians have pointed out fictions in that narrative; there is no other source that can verify if Tubman sang, or even knew, the song at that time.

Records of the song as a spiritual:
McIlhenny, Befo' de War Spirituals, "Boun' fer Canaan Land." Not seen. Date of collection?
H. E. Dann, Fifty-eight Spirituals for Choral Use." Not seen. Date of collection?

The hymn was originally written, lyrics only, by Samuel Stennett, 1787. It was revised and included in the Sacred Harp c. 1844.
I will post the one from the Blaylock Collection shortly.
There are several spirituals-gospel songs based on these, also use of lines float from one song to another.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 05:38 PM

Lyr. Add: I Am Bound for the Promised Land
From the Blaylock Collection
1
On Jordan's stormy bank I stand,
And cast a wistful eye;
To Canaan's fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie.

Chorus:
I am bound for the promised land.
I am bound for the promised land.
Oh, who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the promised land.

2
All o'er these wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day;
There God, the Sun, forever reigns,
And scatters night away.
3
No chilling winds, no poisonous breath,
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more.
4
When shall I reach that happy place,
And be forever blest?
When shall I see my Father's face,
And in His bosom rest?

The line, "Oh, who will come and go with me," has also been used as the basis for hymns-spirituals.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 08:28 PM

There were several well-known 'conductors' on the underground railway. Tubman is often cited, but there were many others, some managing to move thousands.
Robert Purvis, an African-American freedman, is credited with transporting 9000. African-American conductors included William Still, and David Ruggles, in addition to Tubman. Some 30,000 reached Canada and many others were secreted in rural areas of the North.
Thread 17760 ('Gourd') briefly mentions their activities (13 Apr 05).
Most of the activity involved carefully planned movement from safe shelter to safe shelter.

One of the old songs possibly about escape to the North or Canada was "I'm Gwine Away Up Yonder," but words seem not to have been preserved- C. G. Parsons, 1855, Inside View of Slavery, or a Tour Among the Planters, John P. Jewett and Company (Google).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 08:33 PM

Sweet Canaan, posted above by Goose Gander, appeared in The Story of the Jubilee Singers with Their Songs J. B. T. Marsh, early 1880s, Houghton Mifflin.
No. 112, with musical score.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 12:51 AM

Here's no 112 seems like the lyrics are Azizi's but musically the lines are wrong

http://books.google.com/books?id=yWX4vEJ2s5EC&pg=PA243&lpg=PR5&vq=contents&dq=moses+sinful+army&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Oh, the land I am bound,
For Sweet Canaan's happy land

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Sweet Canaan (spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 02:34 PM

As noted above, Sweet Canaan, no. 112 of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, essentially has the lyrics posted by Goose Gander. The Jubilee version posted for clarity:

Lyr. Add: Sweet Canaan
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Oh, the land I am bound for,
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for,
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for,
Pray give me your right hand.

Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Pray give me your right hand.

Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Pray give me your right hand.

With musical score. No. 112, J. B. T. Marsh, The Story of the Jubilee Singers with Their Songs, Houghton Mifflin, 1880s. (Most of these were printed originally in the 1870s).

Tune often varied.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Richie
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 11:13 PM

The lyrics don't jive with the music (commas are wrong, there is no "for" before "pray") should be as if you were singing it:

Sweet Canaan
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Oh, the land I am bound
For Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound
For Sweet Canaan's happy land
I am bound
Pray give me your right hand.

Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my brother, did you come for to help me?
Pray give me your right hand.

Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Oh, my sister, did you come for to help me?
Pray give me your right hand.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Am Bound for the Land of Canaan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 09:17 PM

Richie, I left out a line in the Chorus as printed in Marsh:

Oh, the land I am bound for,
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for,
Sweet Canaan's happy land I am bound for,
Sweet Canaan's happy land,
Pray give me your right hand.

Hope we can get these songs right in the thread; by the time I get to the third repetition my eyes glaze and my mind disengages.


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