Wait, Mister Mackright
DESCRIPTION: "Wai', Mister Mackright, an' 'e yedde what Satan say: Satan full me full of music, an' tell me not to play. Mister Mackright cry holy; O Lord, cry holy."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad horse
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 43, "Wait, Mr. Mackright" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: This song probably had a very short lifetime. According to the notes, it was about a "milk-white" horse left behind by Confederate general Drayton. General Drayton is Thomas Fenwick Drayton (1808-1891), a West Point graduate who became a planter in 1836. He became a brigadier in 1861, and was responsible for the defence of Port Royal in 1861. I would guess that that was the occasion which led to this song. Drayton after this was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia, but his brigade's performance in the Antietam campaign was poor enough that Lee dissolved his brigade. Drayton spent the rest of the war in the west. - RBW
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