I Never Saw a Man Speak Like This Man
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Look at death (x2), She's traveling through the land (x2), For I never saw a man speak like this man." Verses include "I heard such rambling in the sky ... I thought my Lord was passing by"
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Edwards-BahamaSongsAndStories)
KEYWORDS: death Bible floatingverses nonballad religious Devil Jesus
FOUND IN: West Indies(Bahamas)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Edwards-BahamaSongsAndStories 33, "Never a Man Speak Like This Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [140 words]: The description is based on the Edwards-BahamaSongsAndStories text. Verses are couplets, each line followed by "I never saw a man for to speak like this man."
Floating verses include "I wish old Satan would be still ... And let me do my Master's will" (as in Edwards-BahamaSongsAndStories, "I Long To See That Day"), "Jacob's ladder must be long ... The angels shout from heaven down" (as in Edwards-BahamaSongsAndStories "Look At Death," "Come Along Brother," and "Lord, Remember Me"(II)). See the notes to "Jacob's Dream" for the Jacob's ladder reference. - BS
The title appears to be a reference to John 7:46. The authorities had sent police to seize Jesus, and the police failed to take him. When they reported their failure, the authorities asked why they didn't take him, and the police answered, "Never man spake like this man." - RBW
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