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I Know My Time Ain't Long - J. David Moore

I Know My Time Ain’t Long

$2.75

Traditional Spirituals
SSAA w/A solo a cappella
Published by Fresh Ayre Music

The piece is a combination of two 19th-century spirituals, sparked by listening to the John and Ruby Lomax collection from the Library of Congress. What a treasure this collection is: nearly 700 field recordings from a three-month, 6,502-mile trip in 1939 through the southern United States, beginning in Port Aransas, Texas and ending at the Library of Congress. There are ballads, field hollers, chain-gang songs, spirituals, blues, mule-driving songs, lullabies, and dozens of other categories, recorded in prisons, by highways, and on front porches. They are all uploaded on the Library Of Congress site, and if you are interested in the geneology of American roots music, you might like to browse through this catalog. Click on the “Audio Subject” header to find the recordings.

This arrangement combines two songs found in the Lomax Collection: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “I Don’t Feel Like I’se Anyways Tired.” The style is modeled on several African-American ensemble traditions heard in the Lomax collection and in the singing of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Perusal Score (click to view)

SKU: FAM-1040-02 Category:

Motherless Child
1. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
Long, long,
I know my time ain’t long.

2. Sometimes I feel like a feather in the wind,
Sometimes I feel like a feather in the wind,
Sometimes I feel like a feather in the wind,
Long, long,
I know my time ain’t long.

3. Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone,
Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone,
Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone,
Long, long,
I know my time ain’t long.

I Don’t Feel Like I’se Anyways Tired
1. There’s a better day a-comin’, Hallelu!
Lord, it’s comin’ down in glory, Hallelu!

Refrain:
Well, I don’t feel like I’se anyways tired,
Just gimme that old Glory Hallelu!
I hope to shout in Glory when this old world’s on fire.
Just gimme that old Glory Hallelu!

2. Can’t you hear those angels singin’, Hallelu!
Lord, they’re singin’ round in Glory, Hallelu!

REFRAIN

3. Can’t you hear those mourners moanin’, Hallelu!
Lord, they’re moanin’ down in Glory, Hallelu!

REFRAIN

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Voicing

Mixed, Women