Jesus Blessed My Soul and Gone
DESCRIPTION: My Jesus has been here, Jesus blessed my soul and gone. Sister, where were you When the Lord was passing by.
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Parrish)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE) West Indies(Bahamas)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Parrish, p. 130, "(Oh my Jesus bin yer)" (1 text)
NOTES: Parrish's singer said the same song was called an anthem on Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
Odum and Johnson have the lines "For my Lord done been here Done bless my soul an' gone away" in "I Don't Care for Riches" (Howard W. Odum and Guy B. Johnson, The Negro and his Songs (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1925 ("Digitized by Internet Archive"), pp. 108-109). That song has a different point to make, though the shared lines probably have a common origin. - BS
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