Troubled In My Mind (II)
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "I'm troubled (x3) in mind, If Jesus don't help me I surely will die." Verses: The singer asks Jesus for help in times of trouble. Jesus helped the singer to bear the "dark days of bondage"
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Marsh)
KEYWORDS: hardtimes slavery nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE,So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Dett, p. 236, "I'm Troubled in Mind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnold, p. 171, "I'm Troubled" (1 short text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: J. B. T. Marsh, The Story of the Jubilee Singers (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")), #6 p. 164, "Children We Shall All Be Free" (1 text) (1 tune)
NOTES [70 words]: Marsh: "The person who furnished this song (Mrs. Brown of Nashville, formerly a slave), stated that she first heard it from her father when she was a child."
Marsh/Dett and Work are close, in form, to BrownIII 290A and the Blue Sky Boys recording of "Troubled in My Mind (I)": "I'm troubled(x3) in mind, And if trouble don't kill me I'll live a long time." Marsh/Dett has a minor variant of the Blue Sky Boys' tune. - BS
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