“I Don't Know When Old Death's Gwine ter Call Me”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: death
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"I don't know when old death's gwine ter call me, He's ridin' every day. He don' let nobody stay. My heart is full of sorrow, my eyes is full of tears, Old death is gwine ter call me 'fore many more years."

Notes

Although the editors of Brown list this among the religious songs, and it certainly *could* be one of those laments-on-death-but-I'll-wait-for-Jesus type songs -- but there is no indication of such in the actual text. - RBW

References

  1. BrownIII 590, "I Don't Know When Old Death's Gwine ter Call Me" (1 fragment)
  2. Roud #11903
  3. BI, Br3590