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TROUBLE SO HARD

CHORUS:
O Lord, trouble so hard. (2)
Yes, indeed, my trouble is hard (2)
O, Lord, trouble so hard. (2)
Donít nobody know my troubles but God. (2)
Yes, indeed, my troubleís so hard. (2)
O Lord, trouble so hard. (2)

1. Wait and let me tell you what the sister will do:
íFoí your face, she have a love for you,
íHind your back, scandalize your name,
Jest the same you have to bear the blame.

CHORUS

2. Wait and let me tell you what your brother will do:
íFoí your face, have a love for you,
íHind your back, scandalize your name,
Jest the same you have to bear the blame.

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ARWHOOLIE (CORNFIELD HOLLER)

Oh, etc.
I wonít be here long.
Oh, etc.
Oh, dark gonna catch me here,
Dark gonna catch me here.
Oh, etc.

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QUITTINí TIME SONGS

Ooooh, the sun going down,
And I wonít be here long,
Ooooh, the sun going down,
And I wonít be here long,
Ooooh, then I be going home.
Ooooh, I canít let this dark cloud catch me here.
Ooooh, I canít stay here long,
Ooooooooooh, I be at home.

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MEALTIME CALL

Oh, Miss Wright
Why donít you ring that bell?
Oh, Miss Wright
Why donít you ring that bell?
I can tell
The way those greens smell.

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IíM A SOLDIER IN THE ARMY OF THE LORD

1. Army of the Lord, In the army, in the army, Just a soldier, just a soldier, In the army of the Lord. Just a soldier, In the army, Just a soldier, In the army of the Lord, Just a soldier, In the army.

2. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army of the Lord. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army of the Lord. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army of the Lord. Iím gonna keep on the top in the army.

3. In the army, army of the Lord, In the army, Just a soldier, Just a soldier, In the army of the Lord, Just a soldier, In the army. [Instrumental with Vocal Interjections.
Verse 2 repeats, in part. Verse 1 repeats, in part.]

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AINíT NO GRAVE CAN HOLD MY BODY DOWN

Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down, my body down.
When the first trumpet sound,
Iíll be gettiní up, walkiní round.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down, my body down.
Now when that first trumpet sound,
Iíll be gettiní up, walkiní round.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
When I heard of a beautiful city,
The street was paved with gold.
Then I had not been to Heaven.
Oh, Lord, Iíve been told.
Then I found this throne of grace.
Itís gonna ípoint my soul a place.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
When that first trumpet sound,
Iíll be gettiní up, walkiní round.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
When Jesus was hanginí on the cross,
It made poor Mary moan.
He looked down on His disciples.
ďTheyíve taken my mother home.Ē
Ainít that a pity and dark shame,
How they crucified the Name!
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.
When the first trumpet sound,
Iíll be gettiní up, walkiní round.
Ainít no grave can hold my body down.

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MISSISSIPPI BLUES

1. Goiní down to the Delta.
Where I can have my fun.
Goiní down to the Delta.
Where I can have my fun.
Where I can drink my white lightniní, gamble. . .
I can bring my baby home.

2. Donít the Delta look lonesome
When that evening sun go down?
[Spoken]: Just íbout good aní dark.
Donít this Delta look lonesome
When that eveniní sun goes down?
Well, you been lookiní for your baby
Donít know where she could be found.

[Spoken]: Boy, I was lookiní all over town for her,
you know dat?

3. Goiní back to my use-to-be,
Although that she have done me wrong.
Goiní back to my use-to-be,
Although that she have done me wrong.
Well, I think Iíll have to forgive her
íCause Iím tired oí driftiní through this world alone.

[Spoken]: Ainít that a cryiní shame? íCause I started
to think about her a whole lot oí times. And she
way down Mississippi, and here I am up here!

4. She treats me dirty,
But I love her just the same.
Well, she treats me dirty,
But I love her just the same.
Well, it just breaks my heart to hear. . .
Lord, some other men call her name.

[Spoken with instrumental]: They better not do that!

5. Now goodbye, Iím goní leave you,
Aní I wonít be back no more.

[Spoken]: I ainít goní be gone that long, you
knowó
Now goodbye, Iím goní leave you,
Aní I wonít be back no moí.
Man, my mind gets to rambliníó
See you in Nineteen and Forty-foí.

These selections were obtained from the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of CongressAmerican Folklife Center.

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