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Ross Campbell Chord Req: Ross Campbells' version of Angel Gabrie (5) RE: Chord Req: Ross Campbells' version of Angel Gabrie 14 Dec 13


Mea culpa! Yes, it's me. I had forgotten all about this. Ray Gurney was recording the set at the "Loaded Dog" and this was the first video clip he put up on the club website. Thanks to Sandra for the chance to sing there, and to Margaret for the harmonies!

I've already responded to an email from the OP which arrived via Margaret.

I got the song "Angel Gabriel" from Emma Williamson when she sang it at Fylde about ten years ago.

Lyrics here
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Angel_Gabriel.htm
and also in the DT here
@displaysong.cfm?SongID=288
I seem to have added the author/composer attribution to my version below.

"Angel Gabriel                Frank Dumont/James E. Stewart

Oh my soul, my soul, I'm bound for to rest
In the arms of the angel Gabriel
And I'll climb up that hill and I'll look to the west
I'm crossing over Jordan to the Lamb
And I'll sit me down in my old armchair
But people, I will not be tired
And though Satan may sneeze I will take my ease
As I warm myself up by the fire

Chorus:         And I'll shout and I'll dance
                And I'll rise up early in the morning
                  I will rise and I'll rub my sleepy eyes
                  When old Gabriel comes blowing on his horn

Oh my soul, my soul I'm bound for to rest
I'll rest just as sure as I am born
And I'll sing like a blackbird sitting in its nest
When old Gabriel comes blowing on his horn
And I'll throw my clothes away up on the shore
New garments I will have to wear
And I'll have brand new shoes and I'll never get the blues
The angels will come and curl my hair

Oh I won't be sad when it's time for me to leave
I'll pack up my bandbox and go
Goodbye old friends, it's no time for to grieve
Yes I'm moving up to glory very slow
And I'll eat my meals, yes, three times a day
You can bet your life, that I will not be late
And I'm gonna have some fun when all you people come
'Cause I'm gonna check the tickets at the gate

Digital Tradition Mirror note: This is a traditional ("campmeeting") song, sung by Atwater-Donnelly (and perhaps Doc Watson) that I know of. This version is from Atwater-Donnelly's Like the Willow Tree, on BCN Records. CK oct 97"

Good luck with the song. I still sing it, but usually with concertina accompaniment these days. Alternative minstrel-style lyrics follow.


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