Sheet Music, 1920-1929


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MUM00682, 0165


Cover: photo of Isham Jones and his Orchestra; [note: photo shows a tuba being used for the bass line]; Publisher: Richmond-Robbins Music Publishers (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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music score

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Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


Old Deacon Splivin', his flock was givin' The way of livin' right, Said he No wingin' no ragtime singin' tonight Up jumped Aunt Hagar, and shouted out with all her might Oh, taint no use o' preachin' Oh, taint no use o' teachin', Each modulation of syncopation Just tells my feet to dance, and I can't refuse When I hear the melody they call the blues; Those ever lovin' blues: Just hear Aunt Hagar's children harmonizin' To that old mournful tune, It's like a choir from on high broke loose, If the debbil brought it The good Lawd sent it right down to me, Let the congregation join While I sing those lovin' Aunt Hagar's Blues

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Aunt Hagar's Blues / words by W.C. Handy



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