Ring Down Goliah
DESCRIPTION: On Sunday morning the singer, holding a bible, meets the devil.
EARLIEST DATE: 1994 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: Bible religious Devil
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 16, "Ring Down Goliah" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
NOTES: The current description is based on the Elder-Tobago fragment.
Elder-Tobago: "This song sometimes heard at wake-houses, other times among fisher folk, tells a tale about the devil and his fear of the Holy Bible. When the sailors sing it they tell the story about meeting the devil on board a haunted ship. On the other hand, The bongo kings tell the story of Goliah, a great master of the wake-house; Goliah who faces the Evil One in the form of an old bongo king and engages in a tournament of dancing the bongo all through the night. The devil cannot leave the compound where the wake is held because the Holy Bible is at the entrance to the compound." - BS
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