I'm A-Trouble in de Mind (I'm A-Trouble in the Mind)
DESCRIPTION: "I am a-trouble in the mind (x2), I ask my Lord what I do, I am a-trouble in the mind (x2), What you doubt for? I'm a trouble in de mind."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, pp. 30-31, "I Know When I'm Going Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
Barton, p. 24, "Troubled in Mind" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: This may, I suppose, have been inspired by the Biblical story of Jesus's mental anguish in the garden before his arrest (Mark 14:32f. and parallels; compare John 12:27, 13:21 and the probably interpolation of the "bloody sweat" in Luke 22:43-44). I doubt it, though; lots of people can be troubled in mind without needing a Bible setting to justify it. - RBW
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