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I Stood On De Ribber

In Moerane's arrangement of this tune, for Solo Soprano and SATB choir, the Soprano sings throughout and the choir hums in the verses and sings the chorus, 'Oh, Mourner don't you weep...'.  Moerane probably sourced it in the same book in which he found the tunes for his arrangements of Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen, Go. Tell It On The Mountains, and I Got A Home In-a Dat Rock, which was called Negro Spirituals ‘Arranged for solo voice by Harry T. Burleigh’, published in New York by Ricordi in 1917. Moerane's setting probably dates from c1938 which is when Lovedale Press published his Nobody Knows. The recording by Paul Robeson below is probably very close to Burleigh's version (if it isn't the exact one).
Duration: 2'06"

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