Deep River of Song: Bahamas 1935 - Chanteys and Anthems from Andros and Cat Island

Alan Lomax Collection

Deep River of Song Bahamas 1935 Chanteys and Anthe
  • CAT # 11661-1822-2

    1. Blow, Liza, Blow 3:34
    2. Roll Him Along 2:26
    3. Round the Bay of Mexico 1:27
    4. Bowline 1:32
    5. Long Time Ago 3:14
    6. When You Go to Sea 1:40
    7. Histe Up the John B. Sail 2:34
    8. John Bully 2:30
    9. Stand Up from Below 1:18
    10. When the Whale Get Strike 1:42
    11. A Great Storm Pass Over 2:52
    12. Mary, Come Join Our Religion 1:39
    13. Swing Your Tail 1:31
    14. Come Down, You Roses 1:46
    15. O the Last One 2:25
    16. I May Be Gone 2:24
    17. All Night, Jesus, All Night 2:01
    18. Sittin' Down 'Longside of My Lord 3:25
    19. Dig My Grave 3:15
    20. Down in the Valley 2:36
    21. Time 3:18
    22. Job 3:41
    23. Here Am I 2:12
    24. I Bid You Goodnight 3:33

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These chanteys and anthems are the earliest field recordings made in the Bahamas, sung by spongers from Andros Island and featuring the rhyming style that has vanished since the end of the sponging industry. Twenty-one of the album's 24 songs are previously unissued. 'Here is an amazing wealth of brief but perfect melodies, playfully rhythmicized in the African manner and harmonized in ways that are as unique as they are moving. The folk songs of the Bahamas are as limpid and charming, as full of light and delightful movement as the endlessly lovely gold and turquoise seas that bathe the shores of these islands.' --Alan Lomax

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