Roll, Jordan, Roll (I)

DESCRIPTION: "My brother sitting on the tree of life And he heard when Jordan roll, Roll, Jordan, Roll, Jordan, Roll, Jordan, Roll.""O preacher, you oughta been there." "My sister sitting on the tree of life." "He comes, he comes, the Judge severe." Etc.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1862 (Lucy McKim: see Notes)
KEYWORDS: river freedom religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE) West Indies
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 1, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dett, pp. 52-52,App.I, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (2 texts, 2 tunes; p. 165 in the 1909 edition)
BrownIII 631, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (2 short texts plus a fragment)
BrownSchinhanV 631, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 tune, of the chorus only, plus a text excerpt)
Scott-BoA, pp.195-196 , "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 240, "Roll, Jordan, Roll"; 241, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Messerli, p. 48, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 369, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Henry Randall Waite, _College Songs: A Collection of New and Popular Songs of the American Colleges_, new and enlarged edition, Oliver Ditson & Co., 1887, p. 57, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (1 text, 1 tune) (pp. 128-129 in the 1876 edition)

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Nathaniel Babb and Michael Williams, "Roll Jordan Roll" (on WITrinidadVillage01)
Elizabeth Bivens, "Roll, Jordan, Roll" (on HandMeDown2)
Fisk University Jubilee Quartet, "Roll Jordan Roll" (Victor 16453, 1910; rec. 1909); "Roll Jordon [sic] Roll" (CYL: Edison [Amb.] 980, rec. 1912)
Lt. Jim Europe's Singing Serenaders, "Roll Jordan Roll" (Pathe 22105, 1919) (Pathe 020851, 1923 [as Jim Europe's Singing Serenaders])
James Garfield Smalls, "Roll Jordan Roll" (on USSeaIsland03)
Tuskegee Institute Singers, "Roll, Jordan Roll" (Victor 18237, 1917; rec. 1915)

NOTES [102 words]: The texts of this piece differ significantly; the verse lines quoted above are typical but by no means universal. There seem to have been adaptions for particular situations. The line "Roll, Jordan, Roll" is, of course, characteristic. - RBW
"'Roll Jordan Roll' was collected by Lucy McKim during a three-week visit to the Union-occupied Port Royal, South Carolina, where Sea Island people sang it to her... McKim registered the song for copyright in District Court, Philadelphia, on December 27, 1862" (Donald R. Hill, Maureen Warner-Lewis, John Cowley and Lise Winer, liner notes to WITrinidadVillage01). - BS
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