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161 MY LORD, WHAT A MORNING! See Marsh, "The Story of the Jubilee Singers," p. 199. Obtained from Miss Julia Stokes, who recorded the song from the singing of Hettie Twiggs (10 years of age), Crossnore, North Carolina, July, 1931.
1. My Lord, what a morning! My Lord, what a morning! My Lord, what a morning I When the stars begin to fall.
2. Oh, sinner, what shall you do? Oh, sinner, what shall you do ? Oh, sinner, what shall you do ? When the stars begin to fall.
3. I'll cry for the rocks in the mountains, I'll cry for the rocks in the mountains, I'll cry for the rocks in the mountains, When the stars begin to fall.
4. Rocks in mountains, they would hide you; Rocks in mountains, they would hide you; Rocks in mountains, they would hide you; When the stars begin to shine.
l62 SHE'LL BE COMING AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
This song is nearly identical with Sandburg, p. 372. He remarks: "An old-time negro spiritual, When the Chariot Comes, was made by mountaineers into She9// Be Comin* Round the Mountain, and the song spread to railroad work gangs in the midwest in the 1890's." See stanzas 8, 9, and ioofNo.159 of this book.
Obtained from Miss Julia Stokes, who recorded the song from the singing of Bowie Wiseman, Crossnore, North Carolina, July, 1931.
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