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American Negro Songs
By John W. Work
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259 pages

230 folk songs, spirituals, blues, work, and social songs - religious and secular. Originally compiled in 1940 by Dr. John Work, a noted musicologist affiliated with Fisk University and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Discusses theorigins and history of black American folk music, the influence of slavery and African cultures, as well as the lyric significance of such songs as Swing Low Sweet Chariot and John Henry.

Contents:
Origins, The Spiritual, The Blues, Work Songs, Social & Miscellaneous, The Songs (lyrics & melody, sometimes grand staff), Bibliography, Index.

Songs:
A-F: Ain't I Glad I've Got Out of the Wilderness, Ain't That Good News, Ain't You Glad You Got Good Religion, All Over This World, Angels Done Bowed Down, At the Bar of God, Balm In Gilead, Before This Time Another Year, Bet on Stewball, BeWith Me, Bye & Bye, Calvary, Can't You Live Humble, Captain O Captain, Captain Says Hurry, Come Down, Come Here Lord, Convict Song, Daniel Saw the Stone, Death Ain't Nothin' But a Robber, Death's Goin' to Lay His Hand on Me, Do Lord RememberMe, Done Made My Vow to the Lord, Don't You Let Nobody Turn You Roun', Down on Me, Downward Road is Crowded, Ev'ry Day'll By Sunday, Ezek'el Saw the Wheel, Free at Last

G-H: Gift of God, Give Me Jesus, Give Me Your Hand, Glory to That Newborn King, God Is a God, Go Down'n the Valley & Pray, Go Down Moses, God's Goin' to Straighten Them, Going Home in the Chariot, Going to Shout All Over God's Heav'n, Goin' Keep My Skillet Greasy, Gonna Leave Big Rock Behind, Good Lord I Done Done, Good Morning Everybody, Got a Home in That Rock, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Got My Letter, Got No Money, Got Religion All Around the World, Got to Go to Judgment, Great Day, Had to Get Up This Mornin', Hallelu, Hallelujah, Hammering, Hammers KeepRinging, Hear Me Praying, He Is King of Kings, He Never Said a Mumblin' Word, He's a Mighty Good Leader, He's Got His Eyes on You, Hold the Wind, Holy Bible, Hot Boilin' Sun Comin' Over

I-J: I Am the True Vine, I Believe This is Jesus, I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray, I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long, I Got a House in Baltimo', I Have Another Building, I Heard the Preacher of the Elder, I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me, I'll Be There, I'm A-going to Do All I Can, I'm A-going to Join the Band, I'm Going Back With Jesus, I'm Goin' to Sing, I'm Just A-goin' Over There, I'm So Glad, I'm Working on the Buildin', I Must Walk My Lonesome Valley, Inching Along, I Never Felt Such Love In My Soul Befo', In This Lan', Is There Anybody Here, It'sMe, I've Done What You Told Me to Do, I've Just Come From the Fountain, I Want to Be Ready, I Will Pray, I Wish I Had Died in Egypt Land, I Won't Stop Praying,
Jesus Is Risen From the Dead, Jesus Goin' to Make Up My Dying Bed, Jim Strange Killed Lula, John Henry, Jubilee

K-M: King Jesus Built Me a House Above, Lay 10 Dollars Down, Lead Me to the Rock, Let the Church Roll On, Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler, Listen to the Angel's Shoutin', Listen to the Lambs, Little David, Little Talk With Jesus, Live a Humble, Lord Is My Shepherd, Lord I Want to Be a Christian, Lord Make Me More Holy, Lord's Been Here, Lullaby,
Mamma Dinah, Marching Up the Heavenly Road, March On, My Good Lord's Done Been Here, My Lord's Goin' Move This WickedRace, My Lord What a Morning, My Name's Written on High, My Sin's Been Taken Away, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
 
N-P: Naw I Don't, New Born Again, Nobody Knows Who I Am, No Hiding Place, O It's Goin' to Be a Mighty Day, O Lamb Beautiful Lamb,Old Ark's A-movering, Old Zion's Children Marchin' Along, Ol' Elder Brown's, O Lord I'm Hungry, O Make Me Holy, O Mary Don't You Weep Don't You Mourn, O Mother Don't You Weep, O My Little Soul, Open the Window Noah, O Rocks Don't Fall On Me, O Wretched Man, Plenty Good Room, Po' Ol' Laz'rus, Poor Me, Poor Mourner's Got a Home, Poor Sinner, Pray On,

R-S: Railroad Bill, Religion Is a Fortune, Religion That My Lord Gave Me, Ride On King Jesus, Rise Shine for Thy Light Is A-comin', Road Gang Song, Rockin' Jerusalem, Rock of Ages, Rocks & the Mountains, Roll Jordan Roll, Roll On, Run Mourner Run, Screw This Cotton, Seben Times, See the Signs of Judgement, Shepherd Shepherd, Shout for Joy, Show Me the Way, Sing a Ho That I Had theWings of a Dove, Sinner Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass, Sit Down Servant Sit Down, Sittin' Down Beside o' the Lamb, Somebody's Buried in the Graveyard, Somebody's Knocking at Your Door, Some of These Days, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Chile, Soon a Will Be Done, Stand the Storm, Steady Jesus Listenin', Steal Away & Pray, Steal Away to Jesus, Street Song, Study War No More, Sunday Mornin' Ban, Sun Mows Down, Swing Low,

T-Z: Tell All the World John, Thank God I'm On My Way toHeaven, There's a Great Camp Meeting, There's a Meeting Here Tonight, There's Room Enough, There's Something On My Mind, They Led My Lord Away, This Is a Sin-trying World, This Ol' Time Religion, Tryin' to Cross the Red Sea, Tryin' to Get Home,'Twas On One Sunday Morning, Vendor's Call, Wake Me, Want to Go to Heaven When I Die, Wasn't That a Might Day, We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Were You There, We Shall Walk Through the Valley, What Shall I Do, Wish I's in Heaven Settin' Down,Witness, Workin' on the Railroad Line, Yo' Low Down Way, You'd Better Min', You'd Better Run, You Hear the Lambs A-crying, You May Bury Me in the East, You're My Brother So Give Me Your Han'.

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Does this book tell you where the songs came from? Which state, or city, or area of the country?
Julie J on Jul 8, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Julie, The book does not methodically answer those questions for specific songs. The first part has good essays about spirituals, blues and works songs in general and does discuss some specific examples. The main body of the book has transcriptions of songs. The bibliography is about five pages and might direct you to books which discuss the origins of specific songs. The internet might do the same.

Good luck!
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