“Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again”


A light retelling of the Biblical creation myth: God makes Adam, then Eve; Eve, tricked by the serpent, takes an "apron full" of fruit to Adam. God, spotting the peels, accuses Adam of stealing the fruit; Adam blames Eve; God throws them out of the garden


The details here generally come from what scholars call the "J" or "second" account of the creation, found in Genesis 2:4b-3:24. The mention of bones rising again comes from Ezekiel's vision in Ezek. 37:1-14 - RBW


  • Frank & James McCravy "These Bones G'wina Rise Again" (Victor 20869, 1927) (Brunswick 3778, 1928 [as "De's Bones Gwine to Rise Again"])
  • Rutherford & Foster "These Bones G'wina Rise Again" (Conqueror 7276, 1929)


  1. Laws I18, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again"
  2. BrownIII 523, "Creation" (1 text plus a fragment)
  3. Sandburg, pp. 470-471, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-FSNA 249, "Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 597-600, "Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again" (1 text, 1 tune, composite)
  6. DT 793, DESEBONE*
  7. Roud #4184
  8. BI, LI18


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: Bible humorous animal
Found in: US(SE)