When I Get to Heaven
DESCRIPTION: "When I get to Heaven going to sit right down, Ask my Lord for a starry crown, Sitting down beside the Holy Lamb." "When I get to heaven going to sit and tell, Three archangels going to ring the bell, Sitting down beside the Holy Lamb."
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: Bible nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Dett, pp. 128-129, "Oh, When I Git t' Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 140-141 in the 1901 edition)
ADDITIONAL: Howard W. Odum, Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes, (reprint from American Journal of Religious Psychology and Education, July 1909, Vol.3 pp. 265-365 "Digitized by Internet Archive")), p. 29, ("When I get to heaven gwine to ease, ease") (1 fragment)
NOTES: The "Holy Lamb" reference to Jesus is from John 1:29: "The next day John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (King James).
Odum's fragment and Dett's third verse is "When I git to heaven gwine to ease, ease, Me an' my God goin' do as we please, Settin' down side o' de holy Lamb." - BS
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