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Thread #97553   Message #1920671
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Dec-06 - 02:40 PM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE DAVID, PLAY YO' HARP
It looks like the line, 'People keep coming and the train done gone,' is a popular floater. Unless the original song can be identified, it will be difficult to determine its meaning.

'Train done gone,' sung in a song with floaters, by Whites.

Lyr. Add: LITTLE DAVID, PLAY YO' HARP

Little David, play on yo' harp, Hallelu,
Hallelu, Little David, play on yo' harp, hallelu.

Who's been here since I been gone?
A big black nigger with a derby on,
Little David, play on yo' harp, Hallelu,
Hallelu, etc.

Never see the like since I been born,
The people keep comin' an' de train done gone,
Little David, play on yo' harp, Hallelu.
Hallelu, etc.

Away up yonder, beyond the sun
A big black nigger wid a derby on,
Little David play on yo' harp, Hallelu,
Hallelu, etc.
Coll. Durham, NC, 1912, mountain whites.

B. Fragment from Auburn, Alabama, 1915-1916. Song unknown.

Haven't seen the like since I been born,
People keep comin' and the train done gone.

N. I. White, 1928, American Negro Folk Songs, section on religious songs, pp. 66-68.

D. From Alabama, 1915-1916, "sung at Negro religious meetings together with 'Amazing Grace,' and others."

Who's been here since I been gone?
Pretty little girl with a red dress on.
Nebber saw the like since I been born,
People keep coming and the train done gone.
(Also from White, p. 68)