On "You must be bornd agin"


On "You must be bornd agin" - (2024)    


The tune is found in Songs and Rhymes for the South by E. C. Perrow. The collections were released in volumes, over time. 270 texts was published in three parts in three different editions of the Journal of American Folk-Lore: Vol. 25- 1912; Vol. 26- 1913; and Vol. 28- 1916.  One learns, "At the time Songs and Rhymes was published Dr. Perrow was a professor of English at The University of Louisville in Louisville, KY."


Noted as from East Tennessee circa 1912, the text is: "You must be bornd agin, agin; / You mucy be bornd agin; ' Without a change, you can't be saved; / You must be bornd agin." The spelling is intended to capture the dialect, and thereby is this setting intended to reflect it musically. It is recommended Scotch snap rhythm characteristic of many folk melodies be over-emphasized.


3 pages, circa 3' 00" - an MP3 demo is here: 


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On "You must be bornd agin"