Heaven Is Shining, The
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "The heaven is shining, shining, The heaven is shining full of love." Verses: the singer bids friends farewell: "going to leave you all." Death says, "this very day, you must go." If he had it to do over, he would avoid the road to sin.
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: death nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, pp. 94-95, "Oh, de Hebben Is Shinin'" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 219 in the 1874 edition)
NOTES [53 words]: In Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses, every alternate line is "The heaven is shining full of love."
One of Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses floats from "Oh Death (III)," asking Death to "spare me yet another day." - BS
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