Where Was You Last Night?
DESCRIPTION: "Oh, where was you last night (x3), Under them bilers sleeping." "I wend in the valley, Lord, I didn't go to stay, Under them bilers sleepin, My soul got happy... Under them boilers..." "The head mate hollered and the captain squalled..."
EARLIEST DATE: 1944 (Wheeler)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad floatingverses
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MWheeler, pp. 77-79, "Where Wuz You Las' Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [40 words]: Almost all the lyrics of this song have parallels elsewhere (e.g. from "Down in the Valley to Pray," "The Bayou Sarah," and others), but the "Under them bilers [boilers] sleeping" chorus seems unique, so I have listed the song separately. - RBW
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