He Is King of Kings
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "King of kings, Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, first and last, No man works like him." Verses: "He built a platform in the air, He meets the saints from everywhere." "He pitched a tent on Canaan's ground, And broke the Roman kingdom down."
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (Dett); 1893 (see notes)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett, p. 146, "He Is King of Kings" (1 text) (1 tune; p. 99 in the 1901 edition); Dett, p. 151, "Why, He's the Lord of Lords (He's the Lord of Lords)" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 96 in the 1901 edition) [for 1893 edition, see notes]
NOTES: In Dett's verses, every alternate line is "No man works like him" or "No one can work like him. The version Dett calls "Why, He's the Lord of Lords" the verses include the floater "Paul and Silas bound in jail."
The index to the 1893 edition [of Dett] has "He's the Lord of Lords" on page 96, with the note "Fisk Jubilee Collection, by permission" (Thomas P. Fenner and Frederic G. Rathbun, Cabin and Plantation Songs (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893)). I have not seen page 96. - BS
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