My Lovin' Father (When the World's On Fire)

DESCRIPTION: "My lovin' father, When the world's on fire, Don't you want God's bosom For to be your pillow? Hide me, oh thou, in the rock of ages, Rock of ages, cleft for me." (Similarly with mother and perhaps other relatives)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 928 (Rodeheaver-SociabilitySongs)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph 637, "My Lovin' Father" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-2ed, p. 174, "Oh My Lovin' Brothuh" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnold-FolkSongsofAlabama, p. 137, "When the World's On Fire" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rodeheaver-SociabilitySongs, p. 61, "Fire Song" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST R637 (Full)
Roud #4225 and 5119
The Carter Family, "When the World's On Fire" (Victor V-40293, 1930; Bluebird B-1836. 1932; Montgomery Ward M-4229/Bluebird B-5006/Sunrise S-3127, 1933; Bluebird 33-0537, 1945)
cf. "This Land Is Your Land" (tune)
Charlie Monroe's Boys "(New) When the World's On Fire" (Montgomery Ward M-7574, 1938)
NOTES [25 words]: The version of this recorded by the Carter Family, or one of its relatives, is probably the tune-source for Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." - RBW
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