Pharaoh's The verses vary by performer, but the chorus is this: Oh Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn Album: The Swan Silvertones . Shop. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck . African American Negro Spiritual/Slave Song O Mary Don't You Weep Lyrics “One of these nights ’bout twelve o’clock / This old world is gonna rock”: On one level this is a reference to the Second Coming. [4], The first recording of the song was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1915. “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” is one of the ethereal African American spirituals--a freedom song--born in the anonymity of slavery and drifted across time to bubble up as the need arose. Composers- goin'a take my wings and cleave the air; As with most spirituals, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep” operates on three levels: [Related post: “‘Ngarra Bura Fera’ (Turn Back Pharaoh’s Army)”]. In the farm fields of the antebellum South, African American slaves resonated strongly with the story of the Israelites. O Mary, don't you weep. Composers- The lines could be a jab at the hypocrisy of slaveholders, who professed commitment to the ideals of Jesus and yet contradictorily treated human beings like chattel. O See the music video below. ain't nobody there goin'a turn me out; The song is sung briefly at the beginning of the music video for Bone Thugs N Harmony's 1996 "Tha Crossroads". Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Revitalizing the Christian imagination through painting, poetry, music, and more. "[2] It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals. ( Log Out /  [14], 1915 song performed by Fisk Jubilee Singers, Library of Congress's National Recording Registry, Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour, "Dave Marsh's Notes for Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, "National Recording Registry To "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, "Claude Jeter, Gospel Singer With Wide Influence, Dies at 94 ", "Springsteen Speaks: The Music of Pete Seeger", "Manos Xydous – Otan tha fygo ena vrady apo do", "Mairi Mi Lypasai Pia: Filippos Pliatskias Manos Xydous", "Prince has a new video of 'Mary Don't You Weep' directed by Spike Lee",, United States National Recording Registry recordings, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 August 2020, at 12:11. A 1988 recording of this song by Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, first issued on stereocassette by Pauline Music (Boston), was re-released in digital format in 2020 in the digital album, "Songs of My People: The Complete Collection" for the 30th anniversary of Sister Bowman's death. O This is Jesus’s calling card: captives set free. They looked to the Exodus—that literal, historic flight—in hopes that God would one day accomplish the same feat for them, and they even encoded this hope into the songs they sang. as an expression of present circumstances and/or anticipations. "Mary Don't You Weep" (alternately titled "O Mary Don't You Weep", "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep, Don't You Mourn", or variations thereof) is a Negro spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War – thus it is what scholars call a "slave song," "a label that describes their origins among the enslaved," and it contains "coded messages of hope and resistance." United States National Recording Registry recordings, Library of Congress's National Recording Registry, Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour, "Claude Jeter, Gospel Singer With Wide Influence, Dies at 94 ",