River's Up and Still A-Rising
DESCRIPTION: "River's up and still a-rising, Just got back from a negro baptizing." "Farewell, mourners (x2), Goodbye, I'se gwine to leave you behind." Most verses are about improbable dress: "Had an old hat, had no brim, Looked like a blue jay sitting on a limb."
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: humorous river nonballad clothes bird
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownIII 326, "River's Up and Still A-Rising" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 326, "River's Up and Still A-Rising" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
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