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Were You There?
2.1 often wish that I was dead And laid beside her in the tomb; The sorrow that bows down my head Is silent in the midnight gloom; The spring time has no charm for me, Though flowers are blooming in the dell. The form that I do not see, Is the form of my sweet Kitty Wells. Chorus
-v/ WERE YOU THERE?
See John Wesley Work's Folk Song of the American Negro, p. 100; Hudson,
No. 91.
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"Judas." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Tennessee, July, 1932.
i. Was you there when Judy betrayed our Lord? Was you there when Judy betrayed our Lord? Oh, how them troubles would have made me a-trimble To have been there when Judy betrayed our Lord.
2. Was you there when they sold Him to the Jews? Was you there when they sold Him to the Jews ?
Oh, how them troubles would have made me a-trimble To have been there when they sold Him to the Jews.
3. Was you there when He wore the crown of thorns ? Was you there when He wore the crown of thorns ? Oh, how them troubles would have made me a-trimble To have been there when He wore the crown of thorns.
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