This collection of Negro folk songs represents a faithful effort to place on paper a precise record of old plantation songs.
The songs are compiled by Natalie Curtis-Burlin, whose notation presents a vivid transcription of actual performance. Included are precise scores of 19 spirituals, work-songs and play-songs in four sections, each notated for male quartet with a piano reduction.
In addition, all four sections feature thorough engaging introductions that discuss the social context of the times, the people and their music.
Chicka-hanka Corn-shuckin' Song Cott'n Dance Song Cott'n Pickin' Song Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray Go Down, Moses God's A-gwine Ter Move All De Troubles Away Good News, Chariot's Comin Hammerin' Song Hyah, Rattler Listen To De Lambs Liza Jane Lullaby O Ev'ry Time I Feel De Spirit O Ride On, Jesus Old Rags, Bottles, Rags Peanut-pickin' Song Tis Me O Lord