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GUEST,"The Big Show" Tenor Chad 20 Jun 00 - 02:10 PM
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Subject: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,"The Big Show" Tenor Chad
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:10 PM

What's your favorite Negro Spiritual? De Animals A' Comin'? Ride The Chariot? Somebody's Callin' My Name? ... The list goes on and on, but whats your favorite?


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From: Jed at Work
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:13 PM

poor wayfarin' stranger
go down moses


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From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 04:04 PM

Jacob's Ladder
Wade in the Water.

Wrestling fan "Big Show"?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: BanjoRay
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 04:09 PM

Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Twelve Gates To The City
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 04:58 PM

"Great Waking Up Morning" I love the song, and it was recently used during a movie about a regiment of Negro soldiers formed during the civil war. Forgot the name of the movie, Morgan Freeman was in it, and it was well worth watching. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Rollo
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 05:05 PM

Seems the film you are talking about is "Glory", Dave.

My favorite negro spirituals:

"Blind Man" "Wade In The Water" "When They Crucified My Lord" "Good News"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 06:02 PM

"Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John"
"Three Links of Chain"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Mbo
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 06:14 PM

Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Jacob's Ladder
Keep Your Hand on That Plow
Angels Watchin' Over Me


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Grandma Marshall
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 07:38 PM

I would like to find the midi or audio sites that has these find songs. The ones mentioned was sung by the church that was just 3 houses away and when I was a child, all of us used to sit on the steps to hear the Black church's hymns. I sang in my own church's choir in those days. I was an E.U.B. (German church) in the 40's in Johnstown, Pa. I have trouble finding good versions of the old songs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: DougR
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 07:57 PM

There is a Balm in Gilead Ezekiel Saw the Wheel Down By the Riverside Sweet Little Jesus Boy Were You There? (When they crucified my Lord) DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 08:23 PM

Prob'ly the most famous, Swing Low Sweet Chariot ... my favorite, Massa's in de Cold Ground. == Johnny in OKC


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 09:02 PM

Mbo - Is that the Angels Watchin' Over Me that I know? Sing it for me in HearMe next time!

When my twin boys started kindergarten in Alabama, the school insisted on putting them in different classes (big mistake in this specific case). One little fella had the most experienced teacher in the school, and the other had a huge black lady (later found out she was actually pregnant) who was moved from 4th grade to kindergarten the day before school started. She didn't even have chairs in her room the day before school started.

There were tremendous differences in the resources that each classroom had --- but this kind lady taught my son to sing All Night, All Day, Angels Watchin' Over Me..

As it turned out, this little fella always had trouble going to sleep at night, and even when he was 10 years old, I would hear a little voice coming from his room...singing...All Night, All Day, Angels Watchin' Over Me, My Lord.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Mbo
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 09:07 PM

Yep, Mary, it's the same song alright! We're in HearMe now...I could sing it for you!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 09:10 PM

I'm on my way!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Hotspur
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 10:10 PM

Keep Your Hand on the Plow All God's Children Got Shoes and Yes, My Lord (Glory hallelujah, oh yes! yes my Lord!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 11:46 PM

"My God He Is a Rock" is a little more obscure, but it's a spiritual that really rocks. If it's not in the database, it has been posted in the Forum.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: ddw
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 12:03 AM

No contest for me — Josh White's version of His Eye Is On The Little Sparrow wins hands down.

david


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 12:50 AM

Elijah Rock is one I've liked for many years, since singing it in an elementary school choir. Our teacher taught us a wonderful three part arrangement of it, and it has stuck with me for many years.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 12:53 AM

Grandma Marshall, if you will search either Spirituals or Negro Spirituals, you will find a lot of this stuff listed. Amazon dot com has a particularly neat book.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: pastorpest
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 01:33 PM

Favourites include "You Hear the Lambs a' Cryin'" and "Daniel Saw the Stone".

The following book, "American Negro Songs: 230 Songs and Spirituals, Religious and Secular" edited by John W. Work published in 1940 and then republished in 1998 by Dover is a gold mine of material and a bargain! ISBN 0-486-40271-1


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: dwditty
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 01:49 PM

Were You There When They Crucified the Lord

dw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: dwditty
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 01:49 PM

Were You There When They Crucified the Lord

dw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Wesley S
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 01:56 PM

"Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "Twelve Gates To The City"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,dan evergreen
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:32 PM

"Jesus, Won't You Come Back Here?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Chicky
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:40 PM

Deep River

Every Time I Feel the Spirit

cheers
- Chicky


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Biskit
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 09:15 PM

I reckon I've never heard a nego spiritual that I didn't like......-Biskit-


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Alice
Date: 22 Jun 00 - 01:31 AM

My current favorite is one I just learned from an old school book of songs that I found:

I WANT TO DIE EASY

I want to die easy when I die
I want to die easy when I die
I want to die easy when I die, Shout salvation as I fly
I want to die easy, Lord, when I die.

Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Big Show
Date: 22 Jun 00 - 12:25 PM

Hey, I didn't realize that would get so many responces. Yes, Sinsull, I am a wrestling fan, thanks for asking ;o)... I have to agree with "Elijah Rock" and "My God Is A Rock" as good negro spirituals.. also, "My God Is A God" (Wendell Wallum has a good arrangement of that), and "My God Is So High" is very good.. Also, "I Got Shoes" is a really great one. "I Got A Robe" is pretty good, but I've heard arrangements where, for some reason, a composer has added scatting parts, which makes little sense to me. Anyway, thanks for your responces to my inquery. Have a good day!

~Big Show


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Jun 00 - 01:05 PM

The Cyber Hymnal is a great source for hymns, but is there an online source for lyrics and tunes for spirituals and black gospel songs?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Several Spiritual-related queries
From: Haruo
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 10:34 PM

Joe, and everybody, the Cyber Hymnal (which recently changed its URL twice; hopefully they've settled down permanently now at tch.wordnic.com — I don't know what went wrong at Simplenet) actually has quite a few of the old standard Negro Spirituals, though usually with MIDIs better suited to white-style churches (heavy pianoforte where you want mainly voice). I notice they just added Steal Away in the last week or two.

But I resurrected this thread mainly to ask about a few Spirituals in connection with my hymnal. I just added nine more songs to my collection today, which brings it to a total of 200 (if I'm not forgetting any) hymns (including carols, spiritual songs, metrical psalms, etc. under the rubric "hymns"). Five of the nine are set to American Spiritual tunes (though only two are versions of the usual American texts), plus one is a setting of the Lord's Prayer to a calypso tune whose secular text(s) I'm interested in descrying. (I'd like to know what isle or archipelago it hails from, too.)
  • Donu la manon is a translation of the Swedish "Räck mig din hand", set to a tune that sounds to me like Do Lord more than anything; I can't find "Do Lord" in the Digitrad, to see what you call the tune, nor is it in The Cyber Hymnal. Anybody know what the secular antecedent of the tune was?
  • La lumo venis al la mond' is a translation of the Swedish "Det ljus som liv åt världen gav" set to "Michael row the boat ashore"
  • Kune manghu ni nun is a translation of "Let us break bread together" to its proper tune
  • Tero kaj chielo kantu is a translation of the German text "Erd und Himmel sollen singen" set to an African-American Spiritual tune the source calls "Singin' wid a sword in ma' han'". Anybody know the full text of the original Spiritual?
  • Venkos ni en gloro, finally, is a Christian modification of the standard Esperanto version of "We Shall Overcome"
The other new songs in my hymnal are a version of Quelle est cette odeur? (What or Whence is this fragrance?), just in time to be too late for Christmas ;-(, and two original-in-Esperanto hymns to Maccabæus ( and this).

Liland


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Subject: Several Spiritual-related queries
From: Haruo
Date: 29 Dec 00 - 10:37 PM

Joe, and everybody, the Cyber Hymnal (which recently changed its URL twice; hopefully they've settled down permanently now at tch.wordnic.com — I don't know what went wrong at Simplenet) actually has quite a few of the old standard Negro Spirituals, though usually with MIDIs better suited to white-style churches (heavy pianoforte where you want mainly voice). I notice they just added Steal Away in the last week or two.

But I resurrected this thread mainly to ask about a few Spirituals in connection with my hymnal. I just added nine more songs to my collection today, which brings it to a total of 200 (if I'm not forgetting any) hymns (including carols, spiritual songs, metrical psalms, etc. under the rubric "hymns"). Five of the nine are set to American Spiritual tunes (though only two are versions of the usual American texts), plus one is a setting of the Lord's Prayer to a calypso tune whose secular text(s) I'm interested in descrying. (I'd like to know what isle or archipelago it hails from, too.)
  • Donu la manon is a translation of the Swedish "Räck mig din hand", set to a tune that sounds to me like Do Lord more than anything; I can't find "Do Lord" in the Digitrad, to see what you call the tune, nor is it in The Cyber Hymnal. Anybody know what the secular antecedent of the tune was?
  • La lumo venis al la mond' is a translation of the Swedish "Det ljus som liv åt världen gav" set to "Michael row the boat ashore"
  • Kune manghu ni nun is a translation of "Let us break bread together" to its proper tune
  • Tero kaj chielo kantu is a translation of the German text "Erd und Himmel sollen singen" set to an African-American Spiritual tune the source calls "Singin' wid a sword in ma' han'". Anybody know the full text of the original Spiritual?
  • Venkos ni en gloro, finally, is a Christian modification of the standard Esperanto version of "We Shall Overcome"
The other new songs in my hymnal are a version of Quelle est cette odeur? (What or Whence is this fragrance?), just in time to be too late for Christmas ;-(, and two original-in-Esperanto hymns to Maccabæus (this one and this one).

Liland


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 07:20 AM

I will be starting my annual lessons on the Underground Railroad next week at school. I love this because I get to teach:
Steal Away to Jesus
Deep River
Follow the Drinking Gourd (no, not a spiritual, but it fits in the context!)
When the Train Comes Along
Wade in the Water
O Freedom
We Shall Overcome

Sometimes I don't know where to stop!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,CraigS
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 07:41 AM

My favourite is John the Revelator - nobody's mentioned it !-(


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: mkebenn
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 08:18 AM

Animaterra, Drinking Gourd was a "fake" spiratual so "Massa" wouldn't catch the instructions, so it counts. Craig, sang John the Revelator in church last week. Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Peg
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 08:23 AM

My high school voice teacher/choir director loved this music and we often sang very complex arrangements of them...

Balm in Gilead

Ain't Got Time to Die


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: jaze
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 09:40 AM

Since I've Laid My Burden Down--Mississippi John Hurt


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 10:36 AM

Did I read somewhere that Mahalia Jackson would only sing religious spirituals as she got older? (Because they had "hope" as opposed to blues that don't)

Also, did I read that a spiritual is characterized by the singer talking to him/her self?

I hate it when I can't find quotes I think I remember.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 03:45 PM

Joshua and the battle of Jericho...

Joshua Fit the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho o ooo o

I love it!

Ella


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Peter T.
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 04:55 PM

"Here Am I Lord Send Me." (Mississippi John Hurt)

"Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down" (Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the guy a-cappella in the recent Smithsonian Collection)

Best live recording: The Abyssinian Choir and Alex Bradford, "Said I Wouldn't Tell Nobody".

"Tramp on the Street", Wilma Lee.

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Oldtimemusic1
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 05:50 PM

Wayfaring Stranger Josha fit the battle of Jerico Golden slippers Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Black music has had a tremendous influence on modern music also.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 06:19 PM

Mary Don't you Weep


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Haruo
Date: 30 Dec 00 - 06:40 PM

Still hoping for a text to "Singin' wid a sword in ma' hand" (that and the antecedents to "Do Lord" being the main reasons I resurrected this thread.

Anybody?

Liland


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: GUEST,Pastor John
Date: 25 Sep 01 - 02:34 PM

I need chords for Spiritual "Give Me Jesus"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: 53
Date: 25 Sep 01 - 02:40 PM

swing low sweet chariot. bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Sep 01 - 04:42 PM

Pastor John, I have looked a bit and have found no chords for your request. However there is a thread discussing the song, which also contains a link to an MP3 of a choral version of it. Perhaps you can work out the chords from that-- if so I hope you will post them there.

CLICK HERE for Give Me Freedom/Give Me Jesus.

You may also be interested in this project now in the early stages:

African-American Spirituals Permathread

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Dani
Date: 25 Sep 01 - 09:27 PM

Since we're on the subject, anyone familiar with "I Got a Robe"? As I know it, it's "Good News". I learned part of it from a bootleg Sweet Honey in the Rock tape I used to have, and would love to know it better. Looked all 'round here, and I don't see it!

I checked some of those great links, and haven't found THIS song yet, but discovered great troves of info. Thanks for all your work here.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Sep 01 - 10:16 PM

Is this, "I got a robe, you got a robe, all God's chillun got a robe"?

THAT one we got.

And if you can help search up more of the old ones in the threads, please send me a PM and we'll put you on the crew!

They're everywhere!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Dani
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 07:37 PM

"I got a robe in that kingdom, ain't that good news?

I got a robe in that kingdom, ain't that good news?

I'm gonna lay down this world

gonna should up my cross

I'm gonna carry it home to my Jesus, ain't that good news?"

"I got shoes in that kingdom......"

"I got a crown in that kingdom....."

Etc.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 08:14 PM

Ah HAH! That we also got!

CLICK HERE!

Ain't THAT good news!?

BTW, there is an index now (draft form) of posted spirituals. See African American Spirituals Permathread FMI.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Favorite Negro Spirituals...
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 09:40 PM

Hey Joe:

The Men's Chrous I sing in at a black Baptist church sings My God Is a Rock in a Weary Land.. It DOES rock!


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