Indian Camp-Meeting Song

DESCRIPTION: "Pitch my tent on the camp ground And a-hu'em, and a hu'um! For to give the devil anotehr round, And a-hu'um, and a-hu'um! Yes, glory be to God, my soul's high; Leap for joy and let us fly, And a-hu'um, and a-hu'um!"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Henry, from Elsie Burnett)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Henry-SongsSungInTheSouthernAppalachians, p. 195, "Indian Camp-Meeting Song" (1 text)
cf. "Few Days" (lyrics)
NOTES [48 words]: Clearly derived from "Few Days" (or, just possibly, the other way around), but equally clearly a different song. I have no idea why this is called an "Indian" song; presumably it's a reference to that "a-hu'um" lyric, but I rather doubt that is actually derived from any native dialect. - RBW
File: MHAp195

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