Adam in the Garden Pinin’ Leaves

TITLE: Adam in the Garden Pinin’ Leaves
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: traditional, public domain
KEYWORDS: religious
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1934 (field recording, Alberta Bradford & Becky Elsey)

Adam in the Garden Pinin' LeavesThis spiritual, probably from slave times, refers to Genesis 3:7 when the Bible mentions Adam making clothes of fig leaves. Other references in the song are when God looks for Adam (Genesis 3:8-9) and the fall of Jericho in Joshua chapter 6.

In A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South, Richard Gray and Owen Robinson, editors) it states, “The slave spirituals drew without regard for biblical chronology—or even accuracy—on the whole Bible story, conflating the New Testament with the Old and the Old with the New. The Genesis story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, discovering their nakedness, is paralleled in the spirituals by the lines: 

Oh, Eve, where is Adam?

Adam is in the garden Pinin’ leaves

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  • Adam in the Garden Pinnin’ Leaves
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Adam In The Garden Pinning Leaves

Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

Well, I know my God is a man of war,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves,
He fought the battle at the Jericho wall,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh,Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

Well, the first time God called, Adam refused to answer,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves,
The first time God called, Adam refused to answer,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh,Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

The next time God called, God hollered louder,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves,
The next time God called, God hollered louder,
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Oh, Eve, where’s Adam?
Adam in the garden pinning leaves.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Blues and Gospel Records 1902-1943, John Goodrich and Robert M.W. Dixon, Storyville Publications and Company, London Revised 1969.

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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