Cherokee Hymn (I Have a Father in the Prog Ni Lo)

DESCRIPTION: "I have a father in the prog ni lo, And you have a father in the prog ni lo, We all have a father in the prog ni lo." "Nee I ravy, Nee-shi, nee-shi ni-go, Three I three-by an shee prog no lo." "I have a (brother/mother/sister) in the prog ni lo."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad foreignlanguage
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
BrownIII 658, "Cherokee Hymn" (1 text, supposedly partly in Cherokee; "Prog Ni Lo" is said to be Cherokee for "Promised Land")
BrownSchinhanV 658, notes only
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 51-52, "Nishi" (1 short text, 1 tune, with different words but it appears to be a much-distorted version of the same idea)

Roud #4213
NOTES: Roud lumps Brown's version with "Where Is Old Elijah? (The Hebrew Children, The Promised Land)" (and does not index the Riddle version). I don't see it. Abrahams notes that several American collections regard this as a Native American song, which he notes "defies explanation unless it was used by missionaries."- RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
File: Br3658

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.