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  Music selections from the Library of Congress Folklife Center audio recordings entitledFolk Music of the United States

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Slave Songs:
“Trouble So Hard”1

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Sung by Dock and Henry Reed and Vera Hall at Livingston, Alabama, 1937.
Recorded by John A. And Ruby T. Lomax & Ruby Dickens Tartt.
Transcript and Notes

“Arwhoolie” (Cornfield Holler)2

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Sung by Thomas J. Marshall at Edwards, Mississippi, 1939.
Recorded by Herbert Halpert.
Transcript and Notes

“Quittin’ Time Songs”2

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Sung by Samuel Brooks at Edwards, Mississippi, 1939.
Recorded by Herbert Halpert.
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“Mealtime Call”2

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Called by Thomas J. Marshall at Edwards, Mississippi, 1939.
Recorded by Herbert Halpert.
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Gospel:
“I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord”3

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Sung by the congregation of Silent Grove Baptist Church at Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1942. Recorded by Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, and John W. Work.
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“Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down”4

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Sung by Bozie Sturdivant at Silent Grove Baptist Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1942. Recorded by Alan Lomax and Lewis Jones.
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Blues:
“Mississippi Blues”5

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Sung by William Brown, with guitar, at Sadie Beck’s Plantation, Arkansas, 1942. Recorded by Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, and John W. Work.
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These selections were obtained from the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of CongressAmerican Folklife Center.

A note about the sound quality of these recordings:
These recordings were originally issued in 1942 as 78-rpm albums pressed in black shellac. During the years 1964 to 1966 they were remastered from the original field recordings to LP format. A tape recording of these LPs was made and these sounds were transferred to digital format so they could be streamed in this exhibition on the Internet. In some cases the “scratchiness” of the recording may make it difficult to understand the words so a transcript of each song has been provided.

1. From: Folk Music of the United States: Afro American Spirituals, Work Songs and Ballads
[LC Recording Laboratory AFS L3]
2. From: Folk Music of the United States: Negro Work Songs and Calls
[LC Recording Laboratory AFS L8] [album cuts A6-A9]
3. From: Folk Music of the United States: Negro Blues and Hollers
[LC Recording Laboratory AFS L59]
4. From: Folk Music of the United States: Negro Religious Songs and Services

5. From: Folk Music of the United States: Negro Blues and Hollers
[LC Recording Laboratory AFS L59]

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