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GUEST,Azizi Origins: Rock-a My Soul / Rock My Soul (38) RE: Lyr Req: Rock-a my Soul 24 Jun 05


The song begins the same as above {Rocka my soul etc.}

But the verses that I grew up singing for that song are:

I may be weak
Rocka my soul
But Thou art strong
Rocka my soul
I'm leaning on
Rocka my soul
I'm leaning on His mighty arm

I went to the valley
Rocka my soul
But I didn't go to stay
Rocka my soul
My soul got happy
Rocka my soul
And I stay all day

If you don't believe
Rocka my soul
I been redeemed
Rocka my soul
just follow me down
Rocka my soul
to Jordan's stream

If you get to heaven
Rocka my soul
Before I do
Rocka my soul
Just tell my friends
Rocka my soul
I'm comin too

-snip-

Come to think of it, I remember my Baptist church using those last three verses for a large number of other spirituals...

BTW, the 'a' at the end of "Rocka" is pronounced 'ah' which leads me to this OFF TOPIC subject:

I've found that if I use the vowel pronunciations for Spanish,
a=ah
e=a
i=e
o-oh
u=oo

I usually won't go wrong in pronouncing those 'different' traditional African, Arabic, and African American personal names. For example: "Azizi" =ah-ZEE-zee [Kiswahili female}
             "Kwame"=KWAH=may {Akan male}
             "Kofi"=KOH-fee {Akan male}
             "Latifa"=lah-TEE-fah {Arabic female}
             "Jamar"= JAH-MAHR {African American male
             "Shante' {usually written with ith accent usually with an accent mark
             over teh 'e'=   

In the United States, these names are usually said with the accent on the 2nd to the last syllable.

Notable exception to the 'a'=ah rule are the popular contemporary "Day" names; male names such as "Dashon=DAY-shon" {"DaShawn", "DaShaun"} "Davon", and "Daquon". With those name the 'a' is a long 'a' as in the English word "day". "Day Day" is the widely used nickname for all of these male names.

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I know this has nothing to do with the spirtual "Rocka My Soul", but I did write that I was going off topic...

{smile}


Azizi


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