Poor Old Slave, The

DESCRIPTION: "The poor old slave is dead and gone, We know that he is free. Disturb him not, but let him rest, Away down in Tennessee." "The poor old slave is gone to rest, No master does he fear, Disturb him not...."
AUTHOR: G. W. H. Griffin (Source: Huntington, based on Spaeth)
EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Journal of the Pavilion)
KEYWORDS: slave death burial humorous wordplay
REFERENCES (4 citations):
MWheeler, p. 118, "Th Po' Old Slave" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Morris, # 5, "The Poor Old Slave" (1 short text)
Huntington-Gam, pp. 305-306, "Good Old Jeff" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST MWhee118 (Full)
Roud #10049
The Good Old Slave
NOTES [55 words]: The Digital Tradition has a (camp?) version of this in which the singer inserts nonsense syllables. But Wheeler's text, though short, seems to ensure that this is a parody -- or rather an expansion -- of a serious song (perhaps a spiritual). Morris's informant had an amazing story of it having been learned in Sierra Leone. - RBW
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File: MWhee118

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