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Author Topic: Rev. Rassie Moore--"Death Is Coming Back After You"  (Read 103 times)

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Offline Johnm

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Rev. Rassie Moore--"Death Is Coming Back After You"
« on: November 12, 2020, 09:22:06 AM »
Hi all,
I know nothing about Rev. Rassie Moore. This track evidently is included on the album "Eight-hand Sets and Holy Steps: Early Dance Tunes and Songs of Praise From North Carolina's Black Tradition. Folklife Section, North Carolina Arts Council/North Carolina Museum of History".  About the only information on the track is that it was recorded by Glen Hinson in North Carolina. In any event, a beautiful song and performance, played by Rev. Moore in Vestapol tuning. I had forgotten it until I went to Weeniepedia, but Josh White also recorded this song. Here is "Death Is Coming Back After You":



INTRO

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

Then he came to my house, took my brother 'way
Every time I look around, miss my brother in my home
He went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death is coming back, after you

Then he came again, took my mother, too
Every since that awful day, I haven't seen my mother no more
She went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

SPOKEN: I declare old Death, comin' back, after you. Yes, it took my mother . . . a long time ago. And I haven't seen Mother any more.

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
I declare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Get your house in order, make it up a-with your God
'Cause old Death, coming back, after you

All best,
Johnm



 
« Last Edit: November 12, 2020, 09:44:33 AM by Johnm »

Offline alyoung

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Re: Rev. Rassie Moore--"Death Is Coming Back After You"
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2020, 03:09:44 AM »
The notes to Crossroad C101, Eight-Hand Sets and Holy Steps, tell us that Rassie Moore (1915-1984) started playing reels, rags and blues on the guitar in his early teens. By the late 1930s, he was turning away from blues, focusing on spiritual music. In 1946 he quit playing to concentrate on earning a living for his family, but took up guitar again in the late 1960s after an unspecified family tragedy. In 1971, he was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion church. The album notes give no date for the recording, but it’s late 1970s – the album was issued in 1979, and Rassie Moore’s track was one of those recorded for it by Glenn Hinson, now an African American studies professor at U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – and author of a Fire In My Bones, a great study of gospel music as a religious, rather than musical, phenomenon.

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Re: Rev. Rassie Moore--"Death Is Coming Back After You"
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2020, 05:50:12 AM »
Thanks very much for that additional background information, Al.
All best,
Johnm

 


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