Storm Is Passing Over, The
DESCRIPTION: Verse and chorus end "You know the storm is passing over, Hallelu." Verses in Carawan/Carawan begin "Some say Peter, some say Paul Ain't but one God for we all." "The tallest tree in Paradise Christians call the tree of life."
EARLIEST DATE: 1966 (Carawan/Carawan)
KEYWORDS: floatingverses Bible nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Carawan/Carawan, p. 63, "The Storm Is Passing Over" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Not related to "A Great Storm Pass Over."
The verse "The tallest tree in Paradise / The Christians call the 'Tree of Life'" is a floater. It is in Black religious songs from the southern U.S. and Bahamas, and the Sacred Harp as well (in publication date order, see W. McDonald and S. Hubbard, The Wesleyan Sacred Harp (Boston: John P. Jewitt & Co, 1857 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")), p. 149, "The Resurrection"; Thomas P. Fenner, Religious Folk Songs of the Negro (Hampton: The Institute Press, (1909 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")(1874)) p. 103, "Stay in de Field"; Charles L. Edwards, Bahama Songs and Stories (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, 1895 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")) #22, pp. 41-42, "Turn Back and Pray."; Howard W. Odum, "Religious Folk Songs of the Southern Negroes" reprinted from American Journal of Religious Psychology and Education, July 1909, vol. 3 ("Digitized by Internet Archive"), p. 36). Also, see the BrownIII 644, "Tree in Paradise." Index reference and notes to "All My Trials." The Biblical reference is to Genesis 2.8-9, "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden .... the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil" [King James]. - BS
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