Something Got Hold of Me
DESCRIPTION: "When first I heard of the people who claimed This old-time religion was real," the singer concluded it was "just a weak mind," but chose to visit anyway -- though the Devil urged against it. Then "Something got hold of me" and the singer turned Christian
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Randolph)
FOUND IN: US(MW,So)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 640, "Something Got Hold of Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Teresa L. Reed, "Shared Possessions: Black Pentecostals, Afro-Caribbeans, and Sacred Music" in _Black Music Research Journal_, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2012 (available online by JSTOR)), p. 15, "Somethin' Got a Hold of Me" (1 text)
NOTES [41 words]: Randolph's text is from "Holy Roller meetings in the woods."
Reed's text is from a Pentecostal church service. Reed's verse is close to Randolph's chorus. Reed's chorus is call-and-response: call "It was the Holy Ghost" response "Holy Ghost." - BS
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