“I Know Moonlight”


"I know moonlight, I know starlight, I lay this body down." "I walk in the moonlight, I walk in the starlight, I lay...." "I walk in the graveyard, I lay in my grave, I lay...." "I go to the judgment, In the evening of the day, When I lay this body down."


  • Bertha Smith & Moving Star Hall Singers, "Lay Down Body" (on BeenStorm1)


  1. Sandburg, p. 451, "I Know Moonlight" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 611, "Mary Bowed" (1 short text, with a verse "I wonder where Sister Maryy's gone... She's gone to some new buryin' ground For to lay her feeble body down" and a second verse from "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks")
  3. Scott-BoA, pp. 209-210, "Lay This Body Down" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 577-578, "Lay Dis Body Down" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Darling-NAS, p. 322, "Lay This Body Down" (1 text)
  7. Roud #11839
  8. BI, San451


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US