Mudcat Café message #1706140 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58897   Message #1706140
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
29-Mar-06 - 08:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Jonah and the Whale-2
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jonah and the Whale-2
Reading over the posts in this thread, and the small amount of literature I can find, the song by the Georgia Sea Island Singers as posted by Barry Finn seems to be a blending of two or more older spirituals, one of "Live Humble" lineage, and the other one about Jonah. This is not uncommon; new combinations and floating verses are a feature of the spirituals.
In the Jubilee Singers spiritual, "New Burying Ground" also is involved.
There doesn't seem to be a thread for the "Live Humble" group of spirituals which lack the reference to Jonah; I will start one and post the Jubilee Singers song there. It may make referencing to the Spirituals Permathread easier.
I will post the Georgia Sea Island Singers "Live Humble" , posted by Barry Finn, to the African-American Spirituals Permathread