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Talk on recording / machine set-up6642B3, 7-28-1942

Lomax and Williams discuss what she’s going to sing; he cautions against walking across the floor while the disc is being cut.

Don't Care Where You Bury My Body6642B47-28-1942

Ms. Williams says she learned the song from her grandmother. She sings a fragment of “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” that she heard from her. Discusses hearing her first hymn, “Am I Born to Die,” at age five from her aunt.

Interview about Don't Care Where You Bury My Body / Glory, Glory, Hallelujah6642B5, 7-28-1942, ,
Am I Born to Die6642B67-28-1942,
Interview about her family singing, praying, and shouting6642B7, 7-28-1942

Ms. Williams discusses the various ways of getting happy and being moved by the spirit. She then addresses some younger visitors, telling them they can come back and perform song ring plays and reels for Lomax and Jones.

There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood6642B87-28-1942,
Interview about Watts hymns (lining hymns), education, and old songs6643A1, 7-28-1942

Ms. Williams discusses her family’s singing – both jubilee and Watts hymns – and her education and that of her children. She sings fragments of “Rock Daniel,” “Chariot’s Coming (Jubilee),” “Mockingbird.”

Free At Last6643A27-28-1942
You Don't Believe I'm A Child of God6643A37-28-1942

The accompanying voices are presumably of her younger family members present.

Don't Grieve After Me6643A47-28-1942
Chicka Ma, Chicka Ma, Caney Crow / Billy Boy6643B17-28-1942,

Brief discussion follows.

Ain't Gonna Rain No More (#1)6643B27-28-1942

Brief discussion follows. Identified on AFS card as “Taint Gonna Rain No Mo’.”

When the Saints Go Marching In6643B37-28-1942
Sunday Morning Band6643B47-28-1942
Never Said A Mumblin' Word6643B57-28-1942
Mary Mack6643B6, , , 7-28-1942, ,

Demonstration of game follows.

I'm A Funny Little Dutch Girl6643B7, , , 7-28-1942, ,

Mason sings the song unaccompanied then demonstrates the game.

Chicka Ma, Chicka Ma, Caney Crow6643B8, , , 7-28-1942, ,
Shortenin' Bread (#1)6644A1, , , 7-28-1942, ,
Mister Frog Went A-Courtin' (#1)6644A2, , , 7-28-1942Froggie Went A-Courtin', ,
Sally Go Round the Sunshine6644A3, , , 7-28-1942, ,
Little Sally Walker6644A4, , , 7-28-1942, ,
Pullin' the Skiff6644A5, , , 7-28-1942, ,
Rock Daniel6644A67-28-1942, ,

First name unknown.

What A Time (Shout for Joy) / Interview about shouting, the sanctified church, and singing at work6644A7, 7-28-1942, ,

Followed by discussion (with John Cameron) about shouting and getting happy in church. Lomax attempts to coax Ms. Williams to talk about the sanctified church, the “new religion,” but she doesn’t recognize it as such. Discussion continues about singing at work and cotton picking.

All Night Long6644B17-28-1942

Ms. Williams tells Lomax this song is a “hally” (hallelujah). “Shout if you want on it. Pat your hands on it.”

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground6644B2, 7-28-1942,

Others join in halfway through the singing. “Assisted in prayer by Sister Williams,” Cameron jokes at the end.

Satisfy (#1)6644B3, , , , 7-28-1942Satisfied, ,
Frairs Point Victory Song6644B4, , , , 7-28-1942

Presumably the fight song from a local high school.

Ice Cream, Soda Water6644B5, , , , 7-28-1942, ,
Milk, Milk6644B6, , , , 7-28-1942,

Likely other girls are involved who were unidentified. (A Ruby is addressed before the singing.)

Hide and Go Seek6645A1, , , , 7-28-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “Hiding Go Seek.” This band includes several hide-and-seek counting-off rhymes, as well as a “poem” (“Hush Little T-Model, Don’t You Cry). Each of the girls introduces herself before their recitation.

Counting-out rhymes6645A2, , 7-28-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “Hiding Go Seek.” These are counting-off/counting-out rhymes: “Cornbread Rough,” “Engine, Engine Number 9,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

One Potato, Two / Hickory Dickory Dock6645A3, 7-28-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “Hiding Go Seek.”

Come On Boys, Let's Go to Hunting (It Don't Suit Me)6645A4, , , , , 7-28-1942

Followed by explanation of song, and presumably the source, last name Walker. Identified on AFS card as “a local parody” (of “It Just Suits Me”).

Jump, Mister Rabbit6645A5, , , , 7-28-1942,

Title given is that on AFS card. Girls sing “Jump up the rabbit.”

Mister Frog Went A-Courtin' (#2)6645A6, , , , 7-28-1942,
Doctor, Doctor Can You Tell (Mister Frog Went A-Courtin' In a Haystack)6645A7, , , , 7-28-1942,
Satisfy (#2)6645A8, , , , 7-28-1942,