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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mississippi Fred McDowell- "You Gotta Move" (Blues)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part IV of a four part pancocojams series that showcases renditions of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move" or are based, at least in part, on that Spiritual.

This post showcases Mississippi Fred McDowell's Blues song "You Gotta Move". This Blue song was inspired in part by the African American Spiritual "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Selected comments from this sound file's discussion thread are also included in this post.

Added 2:30 PM 2/23/2017: Quotes from Mudcat.com discussion thread about this song.

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-interpretations-of-african-american.html for Part I of this series. Part I showcases two examples of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/three-examples-of-african-american.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases three renditions of the African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing". I believe that an earlier title for that Spiritual is "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-examples-of-african-american.html for Part II of this series. Part III showcases two examples of Moses Hogan's arrangement of this Spiritual which he re-titled "I'm Gonna Sing Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart". I believe that an earlier title for this Spiritual is "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move".

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Thanks to for his musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this sound file on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE SOUND FILE: Mississippi Fred McDowell - You gotta move



frenzexperiment, Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009

"You Gotta Move" is a song written by Fred McDowell and Rev. Gary Davis. Being a well-known song of McDowell's, covered by The Rolling Stones in their 1971 album Sticky Fingers.

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LYRICS: YOU GOTTA MOVE
(Fred McDowell and Rev. Gary Davis)

You got to move
You got to move
You got to move, child
You got to move
But when the Lord
Gets ready
You got to move

(guitar)

You may be high
You may be low
You may be rich, child
You may be po'
But when the Lord gets ready
You've got to move

(guitar)

You see that woman
That walk the street
You see the policeman
Out on his beat
But when the Lord gets ready
You got to move

(guitar)

You got to move
You got to move
You've got to move, child
You've got to
But when the Lord gets ready
You got to move.


Source: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/mississippi+fred+mcdowell/you+gotta+move_10181613.html

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS SOUND FILE'S DISCUSSION THREAD
I've numbered these comments for referencing purposes only.

1. Kimberlee M. Leber, 2014
"Considered to be one of the first of the Northern Missisippi bluesmen to achieve popular recognition in the early-mid 1900s, Fred McDowell, a hill country blues singer/guitar player, impacted secular music with his style and technique for numerous decades, even directly influencing the Rolling Stones, as well as, coaching Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar. Years later, Raitt would honor his life by providing a portrait to his memorial at his gravesite in Missisippi. McDowell's legacy can still be heard in contemporary music today, especially as Americana and Gospel Blues continues to thrive. Thank you, Missisippi Fred McDowell, for continuing to inspire us!"

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2. Dejan Popovic, 2014
"Epic. Hard to believe this is from '65 though. Sounds like hardcore mississipi blues back in 40's.

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3. Neal Goldberg, 2015
"+Dejan Popovic They only found him when he was in his 60's but he wrote it in the 40's...
2015"

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4. Sophia Grogan, 2015
"+Neal Goldberg Actually he didn't write this..."

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5. Devika t.a., 2015
"+Sophia Grogan then where is this from ? 0.o"

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6. Sophia Grogan, 2015
"+Devika t.a. It's one of those African-American spiritual hymns that doesn't have a concrete origin. It could have been a field holler-- I'm not very qualified to make any observations on its history BUT I do know that Two Gospel Keys recorded it back in the late 40's (not as a Country Blues song, but as a gospel piece.) Either way, I like this rendition a lot and he definitely did the song justice."

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7. Sophia Grogan, 2015
"+Sophia Grogan It's like how Louis Armstrong didn't write St. James Infirmary, but did such an amazing job in his rendition that it is the true St. James."

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8. Eliezer Pennywhistler, 2015
"+Dejan Popovic "Sounds like hardcore mississipi blues back in 40's."
Well, it isn't The Two Gospel Keys recorded "You've Got to Move" in 1948."

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9. Ponderer Of Pointless Dreams, 2017
"Dejan Popovic Reminds me more of Blind Willie Johnson."

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ADDED: COMMENTS FROM MUDCAT.COM ABOUT THIS SONG
From http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=41044

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: YOU GOTS TO MOVE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 07:53 PM

Two versions by Mississippi Fred McDowell are in Harry's Blues Lyrics Online with sound clips (HERE and HERE) is from him. Title variants are: "You Got to Move," "You've Got to Move," "You Gotta Move," "You Got ter Move," and "When the Lord Gets in the Storm." Several recordings were made before World War II, including Memphis Minnie's (see Blues and Gospel Records 1980-1943). Post-war versions are by Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Zion Travelers, Charlie Jackson, Clarence Fountain, Marion Williams (the title is "The New You've Got to Move"), the Fairfield Four, Pearly Brown (on video It's a Mean Old World), the Moving Star Hall Singers (on Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era; and Been in the Storm So Long), and Rev. Gary Davies. Guitar Slim's "Come On My Kitchen" uses the same tune (on Living Country Blues, disc 2). Another version ("You Got ter Move") was collected by Ruby Pickens Tartt in Alabama in 1930s (in Olivia and Jack Solomon, Honey in the Rock, p. 16).
~Masato

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: YOU GOTS TO MOVE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 07:57 PM

Sorry, the first 2 lines above should have been:
Two versions by Mississippi Fred McDowell are in Harry's Blues Lyrics Online with sound clips (HERE http://blueslyrics.tripod.com/lyrics/mississippi_fred_mcdowell/you_got_to_move_version_1.htm#top and HERE http://blueslyrics.tripod.com/lyrics/mississippi_fred_mcdowell/you_got_to_move_version_2.htm#top). The Rolling Stones' version (Lyrics site HERE http://www.mattsmusicpage.com/rollyric.htm) is from him.

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Two Interpretations Of The African American Spiritual "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a four part pancocojams series that showcases renditions of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move" or are based, at least in part, on that Spiritual.

This pancocojams post showcases two examples of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/three-examples-of-african-american.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases three renditions of the African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing". I believe that an earlier title for that Spiritual is "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-examples-of-african-american.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases two examples of Moses Hogan's arrangement of this Spiritual which he re-titled "I'm Gonna Sing Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart". I believe that an earlier title for this Spiritual is "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/mississippi-fred-mcdowell-you-gotta.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Mississippi Fred McDowell's Blues song "You Gotta Move".

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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EARLY VERSIONS OF THIS SONG
[added 2:39 PM 4/23/2017]

Subject: YOU GOTS TO MOVE
From: Dicho
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 10:22 PM

YOU GOTS TO MOVE

Cho.
You gots to move, you gots to move,
You gots to move, you gots to move,
When de Lord gits ready, you gots to move.

You may be high, you may be low,
You may be rich, you may be po',
For when de Lord gits ready, you gots to move.

Father move (4 times)
For when de Lord gits ready, you gots to move.

Other verses obvious.

Annie Holmes, Murrells Inlet, SC. John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip.
Benjamin H. Broadie (1948) has a version re-issued on Document Records, DOCD 5585. (England)
@religion @gospel
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"Obvious" additional verses are those that begin with a noun or pronoun that replaces the word "you" or "father" (probably "mother" move; "sister move", "brother move", preacher move" etc.

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From From http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=41044

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: YOU GOTS TO MOVE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 07:53 PM

... Post-war versions are by Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Zion Travelers, Charlie Jackson, Clarence Fountain, Marion Williams (the title is "The New You've Got to Move"), the Fairfield Four, Pearly Brown (on video It's a Mean Old World), the Moving Star Hall Singers (on Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era; and Been in the Storm So Long), and Rev. Gary Davies. Guitar Slim's "Come On My Kitchen" uses the same tune (on Living Country Blues, disc 2). Another version ("You Got ter Move") was collected by Ruby Pickens Tartt in Alabama in 1930s (in Olivia and Jack Solomon, Honey in the Rock, p. 16).
~Masato

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
Example #1: "When The Spirit Moves, You've Got To Move" The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation

Johnzoe777, Uploaded on Aug 16, 2011

The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation Title of Album "Lift Him Up" "When The Spirit Moves, You Got To Move" Soloist: Gabriel Hardeman "1978"
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This is an arrangement of this African American Spiritual (with added lyrics).

This song reinforces the interpretation that the Spiritual "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move"
is about "Gettin' Happy", "doing the holy dance", "goin' in" because you feel the Holy Spirit.

Here are two comments from this sound file's discussion thread:
mrhammondb3, 2011
"The whole album is hot :-), gabriel is an awesome writer"
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newcreature2011, 2011
"This song is SMOKIN!!!"

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Example #2: Tema Youth Choir - When The Spirit Says Move



Nana Ankomah, Published on Feb 17, 2016
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From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tema
"Tema is a city on the Bight of Benin and Atlantic coast of Ghana. It is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of the capital city; Accra, in the region of Greater Accra, and is the capital of the Tema Metropolitan District."
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I learned this song as "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move" when I was a child in the 1950s (in Union Baptist Temple Church, Atlantic City, New Jersey). That song has a slightly different tune and a slightly different. We sang:
"You gotta move when the Spirit says move [3x]
When the Spirit says move, you gotta move, Lord
You gotta move when the Spirit says move."

2nd verse: You gotta shout...

3rd verse: You gotta pray...
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While this song may have originally referred to how people had to "get happy", "do the Holy dance" when they felt the Holy Spirit, I sometimes find myself singing this song to myself when I need to do something important that is difficult to do.

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Three Examples Of The African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a four part pancocojams series that showcases renditions of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move" or are based, at least in part, on that Spiritual.

Part II showcases three renditions of the African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing". I believe that an earlier title for that Spiritual is "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-interpretations-of-african-american.html for Part I of this series. Part I showcases two examples of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-examples-of-african-american.html for Part II of this series. Part III showcases two examples of Moses Hogan's arrangement of this Spiritual which he re-titled "I'm Gonna Sing Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart". I believe that an earlier title for this Spiritual is "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/mississippi-fred-mcdowell-you-gotta.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Mississippi Fred McDowell's Blues song "You Gotta Move".

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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BASIC LYRICS
I'm gonna sing when the Spirit says sing (3x)
And obey the Spirit of the Lord

I'm gonna shout when the Spirit says shout (3x)

I'm gonna pray when the Spirit says pray (3x)
And obey the Spirit of the Lord
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Note that "The Spirit" means "The Holy Spirit".

I learned this song as "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move" when I was a child in the 1950s (in Union Baptist Temple Church, Atlantic City, New Jersey). That song has a slightly different tune and a slightly faster tempo. Also, instead of the ending line "And obey the Spirit of the Lord", we sang "When the Spirit says move, you gotta move, Lord / You gotta move when the Spirit says move.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Example #1: I'm Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing



Tim Martinez, Uploaded on May 3, 2010

Reformation Lutheran Church Chancel Choir

Priscilla Silver, Director

I'm Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing

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Example #2: I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing



mwypoon, Published on Jan 26, 2013

choir performance

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Example #3: OAA Choir "Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing"



TrishsMom, Published on Nov 9, 2014

Performance at Oakwood University Church October 4, 2014

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Two Examples Of African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing Till The Spirit Moves In My Heart"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part III of a four part pancocojams series that showcases renditions of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move" or are based, at least in part, on that Spiritual.

This pancocojams post provides information about Moses Hogan and showcases two examples of his arrangement of the African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing".

I believe that "You Gotta Move When The Spirit Says Move" is an earlier title for this Spiritual, but Moses Hogan re-titled this song "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Moves In My Heart".*

"I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Moves In My Heart" is also given as "I'm Gonna Sing".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-interpretations-of-african-american.html for Part I of this series. Part I showcases two examples of the African American Spiritual "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/three-examples-of-african-american.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases three renditions of the African American Spiritual "I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing". I believe that an earlier title for that Spiritual is "Move When The Spirit Says Move".

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/04/mississippi-fred-mcdowell-you-gotta.html for Part IV of this series. Part IV showcases Mississippi Fred McDowell's Blues song "You Gotta Move".

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MOSES HOGAN
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Hogan
"Moses George Hogan (March 13, 1957 – February 11, 2003) was an American composer and arranger of choral music. He was best known for his settings of African-American spirituals. Hogan was a pianist, conductor, and arranger of international renown. His works are celebrated and performed by high school, college, church, community, and professional choirs today. His most famous work today is The Oxford Book of Spirituals created in 2002.

[...]

Achievements
Founder and conductor of The Moses Hogan Chorale and The Moses Hogan Singers
1st place in the 28th annual "Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition" in New York.
Appointed artist in residence at Loyola University New Orleans in 1993.
Arranged and performed several compositions for the 1995 PBS documentary The American Promise.
Recorded and conducted several arrangements with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Critically acclaimed by The New York Times and Gramophone Magazine.
Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity.
Single-handedly introduced the professional choral spiritual and revitalized the Negro spiritual tradition.

Arrangements[edit]
Over seventy published works"...
[Titles listed in alphabetical order]

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From http://www.moseshogan.com/
Moses Hogan :
Born: March 13, 1957
Died: February 11, 2003
Until his untimely death in 2003, Moses Hogan was one of the most celebrated contemporary directors and arrangers of spirituals. In his short life, he created dozens of new original arrangements of classic spirituals, and formed several choirs that performed them with new vitality."

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BASIC LYRICS FOR "I'M GONNA SING TILL THE SPIRIT MOVES IN MY HEART"
"I'm gonna sing 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna sing 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna sing 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna sing 'til Jesus comes.

I'm gonna pray 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna pray 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna pray 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna pray 'til Jesus comes.

I'm gonna shout 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna shout 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna shout 'til the spirit moves in my heart. I'm gonna shout 'til Jesus comes."

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Example #1: I'm Gonna Sing



MetroSingersUploaded on Jun 12, 2009

MetroSingers, Hyattsville, MD

Song recorded and produced by Hope Channel
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Notice the kente cloth stoles that are worn with the choir's robes. Black Americans have used kente cloth as a familiar symbol of African heritage. Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/02/kente-cloth-worn-by-american-gospel.html for one pancocojams post in a series about Black people throughout the world wearing kente cloth.

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Example #2: Im Gonna Sing Till the Spirit Move in My Heart



Greater Allen Cathedral Church, Uploaded on Jul 7, 2010
Church members perform at the Cathedral Chorale.

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