Go in the Wilderness

DESCRIPTION: "If you want to go to heaven/go in the wilderness (3x)/...and wait upon the Lord." "If you want to see Jesus..." "Lord, my feet looked new when I come out the wilderness..." [secular playparty version:] "First little lady go in the wilderness..."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (W. F. Allen, Slave Songs of the United States)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious playparty Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE) West Indies(Bahamas)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 14, "Go in the Wilderness" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dett, pp. 208-209, "Leanin' on de Lord (Ef You Want To See Jesus)" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 184-185 in the 1874 edition)
Edwards 23, "Come Out the Wilderness" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: John W. Work, American Negro Songs (New York: Crown Publishers, 1940 (republished by Mineola: Dover Publications, 1998)), p. 185, "Ain't I Glad I've Got Out of the Wilderness" (1 text) (1 tune)

Roud #11846
Famous Blue Jay Singers, "I'm Leaning on the Lord" (Paramount 13119/Crown 3329, 1932; Champion 50056, c. 1935; Decca 7446, 1938; on Babylon)
Gullah Kinfolk, "Cum Out De Weederness" (on USSeaIsland04)
James Garfield Smalls, "Pitch It Right/Go in de Wilderness" (on USSeaIsland03)

cf. "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" (tune, structure)
I Wait Upon the Lord
How Did You Feel When You Came Out of the Wilderness?
Ain't I Glad I Got Out of the Wilderness
NOTES [70 words]: This is the song which is ancestral to "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" and its kin. - PJS
Or. at least. an early member of the family. The editors suggest that the earliest version known, that of Allen/Ware/Garrison, might be descended from "Ain't I Glad I Got Out of the Wilderness," which they call a Methodist hymn (though it seems to have long since gone out of their hymnals). - RBW
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