Tag Archives: Bible

Calvary (On a Hill Lone and Gray)

TITLE: Calvary (On a Hill Lone and Grey) AUTHOR: Words: Beverly F. Carradine, Music: Unknown, possibly Dock Boggs CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known KEYWORDS: grief, punishment, resurrection, death, dying, Bible, religious, Jesus EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: © 1895, R. M. McIntosh Co., Charles M. Alexander, Owner. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: It would appear that this song generally follows read more »

Children Go Where I Send Thee

TITLE: Children Go Where I Send Thee AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, religious, Jesus, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1936 (recording, Dennis Crampton & Robert Summers) Children, Go Where I Send Thee exemplifies [hope and redemption] beautifully because it was originally an African-American slave song – and no group in U.S. history read more »

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (Keep Your Hand on the Plow)

TITLE: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (Keep Your Hand on the Plow) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, religious, prison EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Adapted for the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1950’s. Based on the classic hymn “Hold On” (a.k.a. “Gospel Plow”), this song’s read more »

El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois)

TITLE: El-a-noy (The Plains of Illinois) AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, talltale, emigration, farming EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1927 (Sandburg) As the United States grew and frontier moved westward, many hardworking individuals and families sought fertile land that was either free or at least cheap, and as Alan Lomax wrote, “Every American pioneer had read more »

Ezekiel Saw a Wheel

TITLE: Ezekiel Saw the Wheel AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: religious, Bible EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1920 (recording, Biddle University Quartet) Ezekiel Saw the Wheel began its life as an African American spiritual. This song is based on a passage from Old Testament in which Ezekiel, a prophet living in exile in Babylon during the 500s read more »

One More River

TITLE: One More River to Cross AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, animal EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1897, College Songs This song seems to be a fragment of a longer song known also as Old Uncle Noah. The Traditional Ballad Index says, “the account of Noah and the ark occupies Genesis 6-8. . read more »

Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep

TITLE: Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain KEYWORDS: religious, spiritual EARLIEST DATE: 1915 (recording, Fisk University Male Quartette) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Most music scholars believe that it was one of more than 100 spirituals constructed within Southern slave communities during the first half of the 19th century. “Mary Don’t You Weep” is an old African read more »