Perhaps it is an African word. Sensibble and hab sense are favorite expressions. They were particularly concerned that they would be used to signal a slave uprising. Can't you live humble To the dyin' lamb? The second type includes songs, which are for concerts. Go down in de lonesome valley, Go down in de lonesome valley, my Lord; Go down in de lonesome valley, To meet my Jesus dere. Some scientists, such as Alan Lomax and John Lomax, collected them, as they were spontaneous performed.
Aint Going To Tarry Here Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Roun Aint Got Time To Die Hall Johnson Aint That Good News All Gods Chillun Got Wings All I Do, The Church Keep A Grumbling Almost Done Toiling Here Amen A Little Talk With Jesus Babylons Falling 2 Babylons Falling Beams Of Heaven someday Before Id Be A Slave William E Barton Blow Your Trumpet, Gabriel Bound For Canaan Land Bound To Go Bow Low, Mary Buked And Scorned Bye And Bye Changed Mah Name Children Go Where I Send Thee Children We All Shall Be Free City Called Heaven Climbin Up D Mountain Come Down, Angel Come Down Come Go With Me Come Here Jesus, If You Please Come Here Lord Come Unto Me Cry Holy Daniel Saw The Stone Deep River Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again Dey Crucified My Lord De Angel Roll De Stone Away De Blind Man Stood On De Road En Cried Didnt My Lord Deliver Daniel Didnt Old Pharaoh Get Lost Did Your Hear My Jesus Do, Lord, Remember Me Dont Be Weary, Traveler Dont You Let Nobody Turn You Roun Down By The Riverside Down By The River Side Down In The Valley Do Lord Remember Me Dry Bones 2 Dry Bones 1 Dry Bones third Version Early In The Morning Every Dayll Be Sunday Evry Time I Feel De Spirit 2 Evry Time I Feel De Spirit Ezekiels Wheel Ezekiel Saw The Wheel Fare Ye Well Free At Last 2 Free At Last 1 Get Away Jordan Git Yo Ticket Give Me Jesus 2 Give Me Jesus 1 Give Me That Old Time Religion Give Me Your Hand Glory, Glory, Hallelujah Going Home Going To Set Down Going To Shout All Over Gods Heaven Good Morning Everybody Good News Got My Letter Go Down, Moses Go Down Moses 2 Go Down Moses 1 Go In The Wilderness Great Day Hail Mary Hangman Johnny Hard Trials Heaven Is A Beautiful Place Hes Got The Whole World In His Hands Hes The Lilly Of The Valley Hes The Lily Of The Valley He Never Said A Mumbling Word Hide A Me His Eye Is On The Sparrow Hold On Hold The Wind, Dont Let It Blow Hold The Wind Hold Your Light Holy Baby i Shall Send Thee Holy Bible Holy I Got Over Humble Yourself, The Bells Done Ring If I Have Mah Tickit Lawd Ill Be Sleepin In Mah Grave Im A Rollin Im An Everyday Witness Im A Rollin Im Going To Join The Band Im Going Up Im Gwine Up To Heaven Anyhow Im Runnin On Im So Glad Trouble Dont Last Always Im Troubled In Mind Int That Good News J W Work In Bright Mansions Above In Dat Great Gittin Up Mornin 2 In Dat Great Gittin Up Mornin In The Army Of The Lord In The Morning In This Field It May Be De Las Time Ive Been Buked An Ive Been Scorned Ive Got Peace Like A River I Aint Gonna Grieve My Lord No More I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger I Am Free I Am Seeking For A City I Believe Ill Go Back Home I Cant Stay Behind I Couldnt Hear Nobody Pray I Found Jesus Over In Zion I Got A Hidin Place I Got A Home In That Rock I Got A Key To The Kingdom I Got Mah Swoad In Mah Han I Heard From Heaven Today I Know Moon Rise I Mean To Lift Up A Standard For My King I Must Walk My Lonesome Valley I Shall Not Be Moved I Stood On The River Of Jordan I Stood Outside The Gate I Wanta Live So God Can Use Me I Want Jesus To Walk With Me I Want To Be Ready Jesus Gonna Jesus On The Waterside Jesus With Us John Done Saw Dat Numbuh John Saw John Saw The Holy Number John The Revelator Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho Joy To The World Jubilee Judgment Judgment Day Is A Rolling Around Keep Me From Sinking Down King Jesus Is A Listening Kum Ba Yah come By Here Kum Ba Yah Come By Here Lawd I Want Two Wings Let The Church Roll On Lift Every Voice And Sing Listen To The Lambs Little Black Train Is A Comin Little David Play On Your Harp Live A Humble Lord, I Don Done Lord, Remember Me Lord I Cant Stay Here By Myself Lord Remember Me Lord Until I Reach My Home Many Thousand Go Marching Up The Heavenly Road March Down To Jordan Mary And Martha Mary Had A Baby Mary Wept An Marthy Moaned Master Going To Sell Us Tomorrow Members Dont Get Weary Michael, Row The Boat A Shore Mos almost Don Toiling Here My Army Cross Over My God Is A Man Of War My Good Lords Done Been Here My Lord What A Morning My Ship Is On The Ocean Nobody Knows De Trouble Ive Seen Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Had Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Seen Nobody Knows Who I Am Nothing Between Now Let Me Fly No Condemnation In My Soul Oer The Crossing Oh, Mother, Dont You Weep Oh, Peter, Go Ring The Bells Oh, Sinner Man, You Had Better Pray Oh Freedom Oh Mary, Oh Marthy Oh Sinner Oh What A Beautiful City Oh Yes Old Zions Children Marching Along One More River One More River To Cross On My Journey Now, Mount Zion Open The Window, Noah O Mary Dont You Weep O Mother Dont You Weep O Rocks Dont Fall On Me O The Dying Lamb O Yes, Lord O Yes Lord Pass Me Not Peace In The Valley Poor Me Poor Mourners Pray On Ride In, Kind Savior Ride In Kind Savior Ride On King Jesus Ride On Moses Rise, Shine, For Thy Light Is A Coming Rise And Shine Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow 2 Rise Up Dear Shepherd Rock My Soul Rock Of Ages Roll Jordan, Roll Roll On Roll The Chariot Along Room In There Run Mary Run Run Mouner Run Run Mourner Run Scandalized My Name Shout For Joy Singing Wid A Sword In Ma Han Singin Wid A Sword In Ma Han Sinner, Please Dont Let This Harvest Pass Sinner Please Slavery Chain Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Daughter Some Of These Days Some O These Days Soon A Will Be Done 2 Soon A Will Be Done 1 Soon A Will Be Done 1 Soon A Will Be Done 2 Soon One Mawnin Death Come Creepin In Yo Room Soon One Morning So Glad Ive Got The Stone Stand By Me Stand Still Jordan Steal Away And Pray Steal Away To Jesus Steal Away To Mah Fathuhs Kingdom Study War No More Sunday Morning Band Sweet Canaans Happy Land Sweet Music Swing Low Sweet Chariot 2 Swing Low Sweet Chariot Swing Low Sweet Chariot 1 Swing Low Sweet Chariot 2 Take My Mother Home Tell All The World, John Tell Em Im Gone Thank God Im On My Way To Heaven That Lonesome Valley Theres A Great Camp Meeting Theres A Meeting Here Tonight There Is A Balm In Gilead There Is A Land Of Pure Delight The Baby Gone Home The Blind Man Stood By The Road The Coming Day The Driver The Gift Of God Is Eternal Life The Gospel Train The Hangman Johnny The Heavenly Road The Old Sheep Know The Road The Ship Of Zion The Ship Of Zion 1 The Ship Of Zion third Version The Ship Of Zion 1 The Ship Of Zion 2 The Ship Of Zion 3 This Little Light Of Mine This May Be The Last Time This Old Time Religion This World Almost Done Time Is Drawin Nigh To My Fathers House Traveling Shoes Trouble Done Bore Me Down Tryin To Get Home Turn Back Pharaohs Army Until I Reach A Ma Home Until I Reach A Ma Home View The Land Wade In The Water Walkem Easy Walk About Elders Walk Em Easy Walk Together Children Walk You In The Light Want To Go Home Way In The Kingdom Well Soon Be Free Well Understand It By And By Were Marching To Zion Weve Come A Long Way We Am Climin Jacobs Ladder We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder 1 We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder 2 We Ll Soon Be Free We Shall Overcome We Shall Walk Through The Valley What Month Was Jesus Born In When Im Gone When I Can Hear My Title Clear When Jesus Comes When The Saints Go Marching In When The Trains Come Along Where Shall I Go Where You There Will The Circle Be Unbroken Wish Is In Heaven Settin Down Wish I Was In Heabum Settin Down Witness For My Lord Woke Up Dis Morning Wonder Where Is Good Ole Daniel Wrestling Jacob Wring My Hands And Cry You Better Get A Home In That Rock You May Bury Me In The East Yo Sins Are Gonna Find You Out Zekiel Saw The Wheel You may also be interested in other Christian related items on the this site: Catholic Christmas Seasonal and Topical Hymns January 6 celebrating the appearance of the infant Jesus to the Magi Lent is the 40 days before Easter Holy Week is the last week of Lent Ascension day is 40 days after the resurrection, Ascentiontide is the ten days from Ascension Day to the day before Whit Sunday Advent Means arrival; end of November till Christmas eve There are also many other Christian pieces on this site which are included with other collections, e. Dere's room enough, Room enough, Room enough in de heaven, my Lord; Room enough, Room enough, I can't stay behind. O hallelu, O hallelu, O hallelujah to the Lord. Indeed, the different plantations have their own peculiarities, and adepts profess to be able to determine by the speech of a negro what part of an island he belongs to, or even, in some cases, his plantation. There are all grades, from the rudest field-hands to mechanics and house-servants, who speak with a considerable degree of correctness, and perhaps few would be found so illiterate as to be guilty of them all. Trumpet sound for rich and poor. The pitch has generally been accommodated to voices of medium range.
Sinner, what you gwine to do dat day? Some body mus' a tief 'em. The meaning of these songs was most often covert. Sometimes the words of traditional negro spirituals were slightly changed and adapted to special events. Brother Billy, fare you well, Brother Billy, fare you well, We'll sing hallelujah, when we do meet again. What a happy time, chil'n, What a happy time, chil'n, What a happy time, chil'n, Bright angels biddy me to come. If you get to heaven I'll get there too, Turn, sinner, turn O! Slaves from different countries, tribes and cultures used singing as a way to communicate during the voyage.
Kashatus, Just over the Line: Chester County and the Underground Railroad, Chester County Historical Society 2002 , p. The most curious of all their linguistic peculiarities is perhaps the following. March on, member, Bound to go; Been to de ferry, Bound to go; Left St. Yetman Library of Congress Norman R. Say De golden chain to ease him down. They overlap in singing, as already described, in such a degree that at no time is there any complete pause.
Some of her fahmly sing' em yonder. O run, Mary, run, Hallelujah! My sin is forgiven and my soul set free, And I yearde from heaven to-day, My sin is forgiven, and my soul set free, And I yearde from heaven to-day. Sarah Bradford's biography of Tubman, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, published in 1869, quotes Tubman as saying that she used Go Down Moses as one of two code songs to communicate with fugitive enslaved people escaping from Maryland. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. There is probably no speech that has less inflection, or indeed less power of expressing grammatical relation in any way. This last example illustrates also their constant habit of clipping words and syllables, as lee' bro,' for little brother; plänt'shun, for plantation. African American music cannot be separated from the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the forced transportation of millions of African people across the Atlantic who were then enslaved.
O, room in dar, room in dar, Room in dar, in de heaven, my Lord! They were used for expressing personal feeling and for cheering one another. Some of the best pure negro songs I have ever heard were those that used to be sung by the black stevedores, or perhaps the crews themselves, of the West India vessels, loading and unloading at the wharves in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hold you light, Sister Mary, Hold you light, Seeker turn back, Hold your light on Canaan shore. O come-e go wid me, etc. Lub is a ting stan' jus' like tar; arter he stick, he stick, he ain't gwine move. Songs The primary source we found and can recommend to others interested in this medium is: Negro Work Songs and Calls.
He can't move less dan you burn him. There's room for many more. Slaves were auctioned off as if they were animals to be bought and sold. The third verse was furnished by Lt. Hi ho, for Charleston gals! Those who migrated to urban or agricultural work in the North still carried with them this rhythmic tradition.
John Fripp's plantation in the winter of 1863-4, did not reach Coffin's Point five miles distant until the following Spring. Source Description: title page Slave Songs of the United States. His examples are sometimes quoted to support the claim of coded slave songs. Meet, O Lord, on de milk-white horse, An' de nineteen wile in his han'; Drop on, drop on de crown on my head, An' rolly in my Jesus' arm. However much latitude the reader may take in all such matters, he will hardly take more than the negroes themselves do. It is earnestly to be desired that some person, who has the opportunity, should make a collection of these now, before it is too late.
At least such is my experience. As negro spirituals are Christian songs, most of them concern what the Bible says and how to live with the Spirit of God. The Alan Lomax Collection, Vol 8. All de chil'n dah fo' sun-up. What obstacles did they confront from white people? Of the dialect I shall presently speak at some length. So that these performances are to be heard only among black sailors on their vessels, or 'long-shore men in out-of-the-way places, where opportunities for respectable persons to hear them are rather few.