“Come Go With Me”
Another one with no recording available. There is another song with the same name, which I have linked. The music to the song incorporated into this poem can be found on page 57 of Slave Songs of the United States. The full lyrics as collected in SSUS follow.
On this and all lyrics, I have taken some liberties with the transcriptions. While I understand that the musicologists were trying to faithfully transcribe what they heard, the diction they use is to me reminiscent of black-faced minstrel shows. If this diction had not so often been used to make a mockery of African American musicians, I would not have this discomfort with using it. I left orginal words intact when I was not sure I understood their meaning.
Come Go With Me
1. Old Satan is a busy old man,
He rolls stones in my way.
Jesus is my bosom friend,
He rolls them out of my way.
O come, go with me. O come, go with me.
O come, go with me. A' walking in the heavens I roam.
2. I did not come here by myself, my Lord.
It was my Lord who brought me here;
And I really do believe I'm a child of God,
A'walking in the heavens I roam.
O come, go with me.