Traveling Shoes

DESCRIPTION: Death comes to the door of the sinner, the gambler, the Christian, etc., asking if they are "ready to go." The sinner says, "I'm not ready to go; I ain't (got/put on) my travelin' shoes." The Christian, by contrast, is ready and eager to go
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (recording, Selah Jubilee Quartet)
KEYWORDS: religious death
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Courlander-NFM, p. 70, "(Got No Travellin' Shoes)" (1 text); p. 233, "Traveling Shoes" (1 tune, partial text)
Owens-2ed, pp. 172-173, "Travelin' Shoes" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Harold Courlander, _A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore_, Crown Publishers, 1976, p. 335, "(Got No Travellin' Shoes)" (1 text)

Roud #10968
RECORDINGS:
Selah Jubilee Quartet, "Traveling Shoes" (Decca 7628, 1939)
Vera Hall Ward, "Travelling Shoes" (on NFMAla5)

File: CNFM070A

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