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PARODY OF CHRISTMAS SONG

(SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE")
WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
SMOKING ON A RUBBER CIGAR
IT WAS LOADED AND EXPLODED
OVER OUR FRANKINCENSE
OH-OH-OH
STAR OF WONDER, STAR OF LIGHT
THIS ONE DIED ON FRIDAY NIGHT
THIS ONE DIED ON SATURDAY, AND
THIS ONE DIED ON SUNDAY NIGHT

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG AT MY GRADE SCHOOL; (ST. MARY IN
MASSILLON, OHIO) USUALLY ONLY AROUND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. ADULTS
DIDN'T SEEM TO KNOW IT, AND WERE SOMETIMES SHOCKED UPON HEARING
IT-- NOTABLY THE SCHOOL NUNS. FOR A WHILE I FORGOT ABOUT IT, BUT THEN
I HEARD IT AGAIN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL (CENTRAL CATHOLIC IN CANTON,
OHIO,) FROM OTHERS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CUSTOM

IN ITALY, ON AUGUST 15, THE FEASTDAY OF THE ASSUMPTION, THEY HOLD
MANY PARADES IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND THERE IS MUCH SINGING
AND DANCING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT KNOWS SOME NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE LIVED IN ITALY AND THEY
RELATED THIS CUSTOM TO HER.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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THE SALISH INDIANS BECAME FERVENT CATHOLICS. EVERY YEAR ON GOOD
FRIDAY THEY HAD A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION. IT WOUND THROUGH THE WHOLE
TOWN. THEY ALWAYS DRESSED IN THEIR NATIVE COSTUMES AND DANCED AND
SANG. SOME OF THE MEN CARRIED HUGE HEAVY CROSSES. THEY ALSO CARRIED
A WOODEN VERSION OF THE PIETA. AT MY AGE THEN, IT WAS THE ONLY
"GOOD" THING ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Adoration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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SONG

MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY
OF THE COMING OF THE LORD.
HE WAS PEELING DOWN THE ALLEY
IN A BLACK AND YELLOW FORD.
ONE HAND WAS ON THE THROTTLE,
AND THE OTHER ON A BOTTLE
OF PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF RELIGIOUS SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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"EZEKIEL SAW THE WHEEL"

EZEKIEL SAW THE WHEEL
WAY UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AIR,
EZEKIEL SAW THE WHEEL
WAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AIR}
THE BIG WHEEL RUNS BY FAITH,
LITTLE WHEEL RUNS BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
A WHEEL IN A WHEEL,
WAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AIR}

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FOLK SONG COURSE AT JEWISH
COMMUNITY CENTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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HYMN

DEAREST SAINT LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN
FROM THY THRONE OF GLORY THERE
ON THY CHILDREN WE ARE RAISING
UNTO THEE THEIR SONG SECOND PRAYER.

BLESSED SAINT WENCESLAUS
THRONED IN HEAVENLY GLORY
BRIGHT IS THE CROWN THAT
ENCIRCLES THY BROW.

Where learned: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SPIRITUAL

LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY,
JESUS MY SAVIOR
WAITING THE COMING DAY
JESUS MY LORD.
UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE,
WITH HIS MIGHTY TRIUMPH OVER HIS FOES.
HE AROSE A VICTORY FROM THE DARK DOMAIN
AND HE LIVES FOREVER
WITH THE SAINTS TO REIGN.
WITH THE SAINTS TO REIGN.
CHORUS: HE AROSE; HE AROSE} HALLELUJAH
CHORUS: CHRIST AROSE.

VAINLY THEY WATCHED HIS BED
JESUS MY SAVIOR
VAINLY THEY SEALED THE DEAD
JESUS MY LORD
UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE
WITH HIS MIGHTY TRIUMPH OVER
HIS FOES.
HE AROSE} HE AROSE} HALLELUJAH
CHRIST AROSE.

DEATH COULD NOT KEEP HIS PREY:
HE TORE THE BARS AWAY.
UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE
WITH HIS MIGHTY TRIUMPH OVER
HIS FOES.
HE AROSE} HE AROSE} HALLELUJAH
CHRIST AROSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIS HOME ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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SONG

THE LORD WATCH BETWEEN ME AND THEE
WHILE WE ARE ABSENT ONE FROM ANOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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A CHILD OF GOD

(1) PRAISE THE LORD. MY HEART WITH HIS LOVE IS BEAMING,
I AM A CHILD OF GOD. HEAVEN'S GOLDEN LIGHT OVER
ME IS STEAMING. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.

(2) SAVED FROM SIN TODAY, EVERY BAND IS RIVEN, I AM
A CHILD OF GOD, THERE THE TESTS OF LIFE I HAVE PEACE
FROM HEAVEN.

CHORUS
I AM A CHILD OF GOD, I AM A CHILD OF GOD, I HAVE WASHED
MY ROBES IN THE CLEANSING FOUNTAIN, I
AM A CHILD OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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BLESSED ASSURANCE

BLESSED ASSURANCE, JESUS IS MINE.
O WHAT A FORE TASTE OF GLORY DIVINE.
HEIR OF SALVATION, PURCHASE OF GOD.
BORN OF HIS SPIRIT, WASHED IN HIS BLOOD.

PERFECT SUBMISSION, PERFECT DELIGHT,
VISIONS OF RAPTURE NOW BURST ON MY SIGHT;
ANGELS DESCENDING BRING FROM ABOVE
ECHOES OF MERCY, WHISPERS OF LOVE.

PERFECT SUBMISSION, ALL IS AT REST,
I IN MY SAVIOR AM HAPPY AND BLESSED,
WATCHING AND WAITING, LOOKING ABOVE
FILLED WITH HIS MERCY, WHISPERS OF LOVE.

CHORUS
THIS IS MY STORY, THIS IS MY SONG,
PRAISING MY SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG,
THIS IS MY STORY THIS IS MY SONG,
PRAISING MY SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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NEAR THE CROSS

JESUS KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS, THERE A PRECIOUS FOUNTAIN,
FREE TO ALL A HEALING STREAM, FLOWS FROM
CALVERY MOUNTAIN.

THERE THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR SHED ITS BEAM
AROUND ME
TILL I REACH THE GOLDEN STRAND, JUST
BEYOND THE RIVER.
CHORUS
IN THE CROSS, IN THE CROSS, BE MY GLORY EVER
TILL MY RAPTURED SOUL SHALL FIND REST BEYOND THE
RIVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR

I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR, MOST GRACIOUS LORD; NO TENDER
VOICE LIKE THINE CAN PEACE AFFORD.

I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR, STAY THOU NEAR BY; TEMPTATIONS
LOSE THEIR POWER WHEN THOU ARE NEAR.

I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR, IN JOY OR PAIN; COME
QUICKLY AND ABIDE OR LIFE IS VAIN.

I NEED THEE, O I NEED THEE; EVERY HOUR I NEED
THEE, O BLESS ME NOW, MY SAVIOR. I COME TO THEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL, JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT,
O COME YE, O COME YE TO BETHLEHEM: COME AND
BEHOLD HIM BORN THE KING OF ANGELS:

SING, CHOIRS OF ANGELS, SING IN EXULTATION, O SING,
ALL YE BRIGHT HOSTS OF HEAVEN ABOVE: GLORY TO GOD
ALL GLORY IN THE HIGHEST.

YEA, LORD, WE GREET THEE, BORN THIS HAPPY MORNING.
JESUS TO THEE BE ALL GLORY GIVEN, WORD OF THE
FATHER, NOW IN FLESH APPEARING.

CHORUS
O COME, LET US ADORE HIM, O COME LET US
ADORE HIM, O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST
THE LORD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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LEARNING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS

WHAT A FELLOWSHIP, WHAT A JOY DIVINE LEANING ON THE
EVERLASTING ARMS. WHAT A BLESSEDNESS, WHAT A PEACE
IS MINE, LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS.

OH HOW SWEET TO WALK IN THIS PILGRIM WAY LEANING
ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS. OH HOW BRIGHT THE PATCH
GROWS FROM DAY TO DAY LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING

ARMS.
WHAT HAVE I TO DREAD, WHAT HAVE I TO FEAR,
LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS? I HAVE BLESSED PEACE
WITH MY LORD SO NEAR, LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS,
LEANING, LEANING SAFE AND SECURE FROM ALL ALARMS;
LEANING, LEANING, LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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SPIRITUAL

I'M GONNA TELL GOD ALL MY TROUBLES
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM THE ROAD WAS ROCKY
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM I HAD HARD TRAILS
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL GOD HOW YOU'RE DOING
WHEN I GET HOME...

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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" DON'T FORGET THE FAMILY PRAYER"

DON'T FORGET THE FAMILY PRAYER
JESUS WANTS TO MEET YOU THERE.
WHEN WE GATHER AROUND THIS EVENING
DON'T FORGET THE FAMILY PRAYER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG OVER AND OVER AT THE BEGINNING OR
THE END OF CHURCH SERVICE. IT IS LED BY
ANYONE BUT EVERYONE JOINS IN AND SINGS.
AT THE BEGINNING OF SERVICE, PEOPLE GATHER
AROUND THE ALTAR WITHOUT OR WITH COAT
ON AND KNEEL AND PRAY. HOWEVER, IF IT IS
SUNG AT THE END OF SERVICE, ONE IS PERMITTED
TO STAND AT THE ALTAR WITH COAT ON OR
OFF AND BOW HEADS IN PRAYER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 02-13-1971

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"THE PRAISE SONG"

JESUS, JESUS,
JESUS

HOW I LOVE HIM
HOW I LOVE HIM
HOW I LOVE HIM
LOVE HIM, LOVE HIM
LOVE HIM

HE'S MY SAVIOUR
HE'S MY SAVIOUR
SAVIOUR, SAVIOUR
SAVIOUR

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG VERY FAST WITH LOTS OF MUSIC
CLAPPING OF HANDS, TAPPING OF FEET AND SUNG IN
A VERY LOUD VOICE. A LOT OF FEELING IS PUT
INTO IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 02-13-1971

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"I FEEL GOOD"

I FEEL GOOD, GOOD, GOOD
I FEEL GOOD DOWN IN MY SOUL.
EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT JESUS
I FEEL GOOD.

DON'T YOU FEEL GOOD, GOOD, GOOD.
DON'T YOU FEEL GOOD DOWN IN YOUR
SOUL.
EVERYTIME YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS
DON'T YOU FEEL GOOD.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS SUNG OVER AND OVER AT A
BOUNCY BEAT. IT'S SUNG WITH QUICK
CLAPPING HANDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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"DO LORD"

DO LORD OH DO LORD
DO REMEMBER ME
DO LORD OH DO LORD
DO REMEMBER ME
DO LORD OH DO LORD
DO REMEMBER ME
I'M YOUR SERVANT OH LORD

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG OVER AND OVER WHILE
EVERYONE CLAPS THEIR HANDS AND SINGS
LOUD AND HAPPY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 01-23-1971

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"GOD BE WITH YOU"

GOD BE WITH YOU
GOD BE WITH YOU
GOD BE WITH YOU
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE IS SUNG USUALLY AT THE CLOSING OF
CHURCH SERVICE. THE MINISTER LEADS IT
AND THE MEMBERS AT CHURCH JOIN IN.
THEY REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER WHILE EVERYONE
GATHERS AROUND THE ALTAR IN PRAYER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: 02-13-1971

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