:: Title :: Story about a man who prayed to the devil
:: Genre :: story song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Lomax, Alan
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones I 9/61
:: Date :: 9/24/1961
:: Reference Information :: T950.0, Track 7 (00:05:05)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The second of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - A black man prayed every morning to see his son who had died. The white people around him were worried by his close relationship with God, and followed him one morning to spy on him. The man was in fact praying to the devil because he thought God was too great. As a joke, the white people responded to his prayers in the voice of the devil, and the man ran off in terror.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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