Sheep Knows His Shepherd's Voice
DESCRIPTION: "Sheep know his shepherd's voice, Yes Lord I know the way... You know the way an' you wouldn't come home Yes Lord I know the way." The pace quickens "Make a jump, jump for joy" "Sheep jump, jump for joy."
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Parrish)
KEYWORDS: work nonballad religious animal
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Parrish, pp. 226-227, ("Sheep know his shepher's voice") (1 text)
NOTES: The current description is based on the Parrish text. Parrish writes that this was sung by rice thrashers "for the rice dance." From Parrish's description the song seems to progress like a "shout." - BS
John 10:1-5 King James Version: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." - RBW
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