When the Stars Begin to Fall

DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "My Lord, what a morning (x3) When the stars begin to fall." Verses: "You'll hear the sinner moan...." "You'll hear the gambler groan...." "You'll hear the sinner pray...." "You'll hear the Christians sing...." "You'll see my Jesus come...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious Jesus nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, pp. 25-26, "Stars Begin to Fall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dett, pp. 157, App.VIII, "My Lord, What a Morning!" (2 texts, 2 tunes; p. 176 in the 1874 edition)
Lomax-FSNA 237, "When the Stars Begin to Fall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Joyner, p. 91, "Stars Begin to Fall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warren-Spirit, pp. 66-67, "My Lord, What a Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fireside, p. 314, "My Lord, What a Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 360, "My Lord, What A Mourning" (1 text)
DT, STARFALL

Roud #3408
RECORDINGS:
Blue Sky Boys, "When The Stars Begin to Fall" (Bluebird B-7472/Montgomery Ward M-7471, 1938)
Campbell College Quartet, "My Lord What a Morning" (OKeh 8900, 1931; rec. 1930)
Pace Jubilee Singers, "My Lord What a Morning" (Victor 20225, 1926)
Frank Proffitt, "Oh, Lord, What a Morning" (on FProffitt01)
Rambling Kid and the Professor, "When the Stars Begin to Fall" (Melotone 7-08-71, 1937)
Preston & Hobart Smith, "When the Stars Begin to Fall" (on LomaxCD1704)
Sunset Jubilee Quartet, "Oh Lord What a Morning" (Paramount 12285, 1925; as Down Home Jubilee Quartette, Herwin 92008, n.d.)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Sinners Will Call for the Rocks and the Mountains" (words)
NOTES: This is loosely based on the "little apocalypse" Jesus offered before his arrest and trial. Matthew 24:29-30 in the King James Bible state, "[29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." The ultimate source for Matthew's text is Mark 13:24fff. - RBW
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