Go Away Sister Nancy
DESCRIPTION: "Go 'way! Sister Nancy, go 'way! I don't want you to hold me. Got sugar and 'lasses in my soul, And I want brother Honeycutt to hold me!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1937 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Scarborough-SongCatcher, p. 74, "(Go Away Sister Nancy)" (1 short text; tune on p. 386)
NOTES: Reportedly the cry of an ecstatic in church. In Pentecostal sorts of denominations, shouting during a service is common, and in this denomination, it was usual for a neighbor to hold onto the shouter. Reportedly this woman wanted the handsome Brother Honeycutt to assume that duty rather than the female Sister Nancy. - RBW
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