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Cf. R. W. Gordon, New York Times Magazine, January 8, 1928, p. 23; Perrow, Journal^ XXVI, 160. Learned by Mrs. Henry, when a child in Decatur, Georgia.
(First two lines recitative)
God made man, man made money;
God made bees and the bees made honey.
Oh, mourner brother, you shall be free. Shout to glory, sister, you shall be free. When am I gonna be free ? When the Good Lord sets you free.
See Professor Newman I. White's "American Negro Folk-Songs," 1928, p. 347. When the present version of this song first came to the attention of the writer, it appeared to be so nearly like the one included in Professor White's collection as to make the printing of it unnecessary. A careful comparison, however, of the two songs shows nearly fifty verbal changes in the present version. It seems, therefore, that these word variations in a modern song will be interesting to note. There is also some transposition of lines and stanzas. See also Brown, p. 12.
"Sinking of Titanic." Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.

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