Run Old Jeremiah

DESCRIPTION: "Good Lord, by myself (x3), You know I've got to go, You got to run, I got to run, You got to run By myself (x3)." Song describes traveling, freedom, (God as) the rock, and other themes of the poor and oppressed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Field Recording, J.A./Alan Lomax)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Courlander-NFM, pp. 197-200, "(Run Old Jeremiah)" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Harold Courlander, _A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore_, Crown Publishers, 1976, pp. 368-369, "Run Old Jeremiah" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #15505
NOTES [32 words]: The Lomax field recording of this song is incomplete at both beginning and end, but it would appear that the complete song would simply have continued the themes found in the extant portion. - RBW
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File: CNFM197

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