Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again [Laws I18]

DESCRIPTION: A light retelling of the Biblical creation myth: God makes Adam, then Eve; Eve, tricked by the serpent, takes an "apron full" of fruit to Adam. God, spotting the peels, accuses Adam of stealing the fruit; Adam blames Eve; God throws them out of the garden
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton-OldPlantationHymns)
KEYWORDS: Bible humorous animal
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Laws I18, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again"
Arnold-FolkSongsofAlabama, pp. 148-149, "Dese Bones Gwine Rise Ag'in" (1 text, 1 tune)
Barton-OldPlantationHymns, p. 32, "These Bones Gwine Ter Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 523, "Creation" (1 text plus a fragment)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 523, "Creation" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, pp. 470-471, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 249, "Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 597-600, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune, composite)
Coleman/Bregman-SongsOfAmericanFolks, pp. 88-89+91 (book is mis-paginated), "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, pp. 230, 239, 288, 289, 307, 308, 318, 325, 398, 399, 498, "Dem Bones"/"De Creation and the Fall" (sic.) (notes only; Averill identifies the piece as Laws I18, but I wonder if it isn't "Dem Bones (I)" or another Ezekiel-Seeing-the-Dry-Bones song)
Harbin-Parodology, #397, "Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again" (1 short text)
Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsNThings, p. 20, "Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsPopularEdition, p. 12, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text)
Delamar-ChildrensCountingOutRhymes, p. 106, "Dem Bone Are Gonna... Rise Again" (1 text, with verses typical of "Old Uncle Noah" but the chorus of "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" [Laws I18])
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Gloria Dickens, "Childhood Songs from North Carolina" Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Apr 1973), pp. 8-9, "(The Lord decided he'd make a man" (1 text)

Roud #4184
Frank & James McCravy "These Bones G'wina Rise Again" (Victor 20869, 1927) (Brunswick 3778, 1928 [as "De's Bones Gwine to Rise Again"])
Rutherford & Foster "These Bones G'wina Rise Again" (Conqueror 7276, 1929)

cf. "Ezekiel in the Valley" (theme)
cf. "Dem Bones" (theme)
cf. "I Saw the Light from Heaven" ("Dry Bones" (I)) (theme)
[T.C.] Johnson-[Tom "Bluecoat"] Nelson-Porkchop "G. Burns is Gonna Rise Again" (OKeh 8577, 1928; on GoodForWhatAilsYou). [It is not know who the vocalist "Porkchop" was, nor the significance of "G. Burns", if any. - PJS]
NOTES [35 words]: The details here generally come from what scholars call the "J" or "second" account of the creation, found in Genesis 2:4b-3:24. The mention of bones rising again comes from Ezekiel's vision in Ezek. 37:1-14 - RBW
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