“You Better Love the Methodist”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Henry, from "a group of Negro singers at Montreat, North Carolina)
Keywords: religious nonballad death
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"You better love the Methodist -- You go'n to die; You better love the Methodist -- You go'n to die; You don't know the day nor the hour. You better love the Methodist -- You go'n to die." Repeat with other denominations

Notes

Henry's notes say "This is an endless song in which any word may be substitutes for Methodist...." However, the only other word he cites is "Baptist." An interesting point, as these were probably the two strongest denominations in the south in the period when this song was sung. I wonder if they would have mentioned, say, Catholics.... - RBW

References

  1. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 194, "You Better Love the Methodist" (1 text)
  2. BI, MHAp194