Rain Fall and Wet Becca Lawton
DESCRIPTION: "Rain fall and wet (Becca Lawton) (x2) Oh, brother, cry holy. Been back holy, I must come slowly, Oh, brother cry holy." ""Sun come and dry Becca Lawton." "Do, Becca Lawton, come to me yonder." "Say, brother Tony, what shall I do now?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen, Ware, Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 21, "Rain Fall and Wet Becca Lawton" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: I have a funny feeling that, if we could actually go back and ask the composer about this, it would have something to do with Noah's flood. But it's only a feeling; neither the word "flood" nor the word "Noah" occurs in the Allen/Ware/Garrison version, and at least one of their informants claimed it had to do with a "prophetess" who baptized in the rain. - RBW
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