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Thread #99266   Message #1982332
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Feb-07 - 08:40 PM
Thread Name: Query: Peggy Seeger's London Bridge
Subject: RE: Query: Peggy Seeger's London Bridge
The line "Do Lord remember me' in the Seeger version of "London Bridge" may not have anything to do with the line 'O girls, remember me' in the version collected from Emma Dusenbury, but instead was taken from the well-known old gospel (spiritual?) song, "Do Lord, Remember Me," which is widespread from the east coast to Kentucky and Louisiana.

Do Lord Remember Me
p. 82, with score, John W. Work, 1940, "American Negro Songs and Spirituals." (Bonanza reprint)
p. 68-69, with score, M. A. Grissom, 1930, "The Negro Sings a New Heaven," Univ. North Carolina Press (Dover reprint)
p. 82, E. A. McIlhenny, 1930, "Befo' de War Spirituals," pub. for McIlhenny Tabasco Co. by the Christopher Co., Boston.

Also used in verses of "When My Blood Runs Chiller and Cold," Mudcat thread 40977: Blood
The line, or chorus, is used in several other songs.