Better Live Humble
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Better live humble, Better live mild, Better live like some heavenly child." Unbelievers cried to be let onto Noah's ark. Green trees die as well as the parched. People with an elaborate grave die like those with a simple grave.
EARLIEST DATE: 1921 (Redfearn)
KEYWORDS: Bible floatingverses nonballad religious Jesus
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Susan Fort Redfearn, "Songs from Georgia" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 34, No. 131 (Jan-Mar 1921 (available online by JSTOR)), p. 121, "Have You Seen the Sha?" (1 text)
NOTES: In Redfearn's text the singer will discuss how things die with the Father and the Son. See the notes to "John, John" for other examples. - BS
The mention of the green trees dying is presumably a reference to Luke 23:21, "For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" (King James) - RBW
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