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Thread #35605   Message #3995167
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
03-Jun-19 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
Subject: RE: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
There's another "drooped wings" song, recorded by a black convict group, possibly by the Library of Congress(?). That phrase seems to hint at some distant relationship though the two songs appear very different.

Frustratingly, I cannot find the reference, and I no longer have the recording, but my notated copy of the song is as follows. Maybe one of you can help identify it. Based on the chorus, an alternate title might be "Carry the News." Bob

THE ANGELS DROOPED THEIR WINGS AND GONE TO HEAVEN

The angels drooped their wings and gone to heaven (3)

Cho:
My Lord, carry the news,
Great God, carry the news,
Carry the news, my Lord,
Carry the news on high.

Oh, the angels rolled the stone away, gone on to heaven (3)

Oh my mother got the news and gone on to heaven (3)

(repeat) Oh, the angels ... as above