ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

A Collection Of Negro Traditional & Folk Songs with Sheet Music Lyrics & Commentaries - online book

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Easter Hymns



Share page  Visit Us On FB


Previous Contents Next
RAILROAD SONGS
257
One watch while de other pray; Oh, going to reborn again!
Chorus
Never see such a thing since I been born,
Oh, going to reborn again! People keep a-coming and de train done gone,
Oh, going to reborn again!
Chorus
The necessity of taking the gospel train when one has the chance is delicately implied in a song sung for me by Benjamin F. Vaughan, manager and first tenor of the Sabbath Glee Club of Richmond, Vir­ginia, an organization that is doing much to express the beauty of the old spirituals.
The "maker" of this song felt that, since there was only one train on the line, one could not afford to miss it.
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Chorus (whole club singing)
Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Bass Solo Upon the mountain my Lord spoke. Out of His mouth came fire and smoke.
(Glee club sings Chorus)
Bass Solo
Ain't but one train on this line, Runs to heaven and back again.
(Glee club sings Chorus)
Bass Solo I looked all around me and it looked so shine, Asked the Lord if it was all mine.
(Glee club sings Chorus)
A Holy Roller song sent me from Texas is specific as to the inclu­sion and exclusion of passengers on this important train. The list is rather astonishing, debarring as it does not only harlots and idola-tors, but"loafers." "No loafing allowed" around the celestial-sta­tion! Nor can pipe-smokers come on — though, as nothing is said of cigarettes and cigars, we may suppose that they are not regarded as







E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III