:: Title :: Story about a man who prayed to see his dead son
:: Genre :: folk tale
:: 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 8 (00:03:38)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The second of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - A man prayed to God every day to show him his dead son one last time.The boy had enjoyed playing music for parties (frolics) which could get dangerous, and had been killed during one of them. As a joke, some people pretended to be his son's ghost. They kept coming toward the father, while he remonstrated, "That's all right, I've seen you, son, now go on back, go on back," blurting out finally, "You're so Goddamned hard headed!"
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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