Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Tribute Show - 05.29.11 Playlist

What a wonderful Memorial Day Tribute Show!  Had a great time playing some wonderful old vinyl tracks from the 1950-1960s.  Some amazing finds!*

Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day.  In 1868 General Logan declared May 30th the day designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died in defense of their country.  These memorials were already popping up spontaneously, as evident in this song composed by Nella Sweet in 1867.  It was necessary to have one day set aside to allow the collective nation to mourn, especially after the Civil War where the soldiers were buried in our own soil.  Here is the lyrics to the song composed by Nella Sweet:     

Kneel Where Our Loves Are Sleeping
Dedicated to The Ladies of the South who are decorating the graves of the Confederate Dead

Kneel where our loves are sleeping, Dear ones days gone by,
Here we bow in holy reverence, Our bosoms heave the heartfelt sigh.
They fell like brave men, true as steel, And pour’d their blood like rain,
We feel we owe them all we have, And can but weep and kneel again.

Kneel where our loves are sleeping, They lost but still were good and true,
Our fathers, brothers fell still fighting, We weep, ‘tis all that we can do.

Here we find our noble dead, Their spirits soar’d to him above,
Rest they now about his throne, For God is mercy, God is love.
Then let us pray that we may live, As pure and good as they have been,
That dying we may ask of him, To open the gate and let us in.

Kneel where our loves are sleeping, They lost but still were good and true,
Our fathers, brothers fell still fighting, We weep, ‘tis all that we can do."

Words by G.W.R. Music by Mrs. L. Nella Sweet, 1867 

05.29.11 Playlist:

"Oh Freedom" - Harry Belafonte
"No Hiddin Place" - Norfolk Jubilee*
"I Just Rose" - Gospel Tones*
"Soul Heaven" - Norfleet Brothers*
"Old Revival" - Voices of Clouds
"Hide Me In Thy Bosom" - Thomas A. Dorsey with the Dixie Hummingbirds
"I've Got A Feeling" - Albertina Walker
"Loves Me Like A Rock" - The Dixie Hummingbirds
"This Train" - Snooks Eaglin
"Just Keep On Praying" - Alphonso Devlin with the Golden Stars Quintet*
"Joy Joy Joy" - Little Richard with The King of Gospel Singers
"I Dreamed of Hillbilly Heaven" - Tex Ritter
"One More River To Cross" - The Sons of the Pioneers
"Where No One Stands Alone" - Loretta Lynn
"Ain't Gonna Study War No More" - Tennessee Ernie Ford 
"Let The Church Roll On" - Cornfed Four
"Bright and Sunny Side (South" - Alison Krauss & Union Station
"Spirit" - Doobie Brothers
"Joy to the World" - Three Dog Night
"Wade In The Water" - Patty Griffin
"Hallelujah" - Brandi Carlile
"Help Me To Cross" - Crafton Sisters
"I'm A Witness for the Lord" - Rev. Kelsey 
"Sweet Jesus" - The Abyssinian Baptist Choir
"It's A Highway To Heaven" - Thomas A. Dorsey with Prof. Alex Bradford
"He's Not A Soldier" - Little Richard with The King Of Gospel Singers
"Will The Circle Be Unbroken" - Mavis Staples
"I Found Him" - W. L. Hopkins & Deliverance Party*
"I Believe" - Oakland*
"My Time Ain't Long" - Dixieaires*
"Amen" - Otis Redding
"Why We Sing" - Kirk Franklin & The Family
"In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" - Harry Belafonte
"Oh, Freedom!" - The Golden Gospel Singers

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