Cold Icy Hand

DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Crying O Lord"(3x) "Death going to lay his cold icy hand on me" Verse: "Sinner, you better pray, ..., Or your soul be lost on judgement day...." "Sinner, be careful how you walk on the cross, ..., Your foot may slip and your soul be lost...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious death
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Barton, p. 8, "Cold Icy Hand" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, The Books of American Negro Spirituals (New York: Viking Press, 1969 (copyright 1925, 1926)), Book 2, pp. 93-99, "Death's Gwineter Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me" (2 texts, 2 tunes)

Roud #16659
NOTES: The description is based on the Barton text. - BS
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File: Bart008

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