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YEAR OF (THE) JUBILO. AKA and see "Massa's Gone Away," “Old Master's Runaway.” AKA – “Doodletown Fifer (2) (The),” “Jublio,” “Jubiller,” “Kingdom Coming," "Lincoln's Gunboats.” American, March; New England, March or Polka (2/4 time). USA, widely known. G Major (Brody): C Major (Person): D Major (Messer, Miller & Perron, Phillips). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Year of Jubilo" or "Kingdom Coming" [1] was an American stage and blackface minstrel song whose words and tune were written by New England abolitionist Henry Clay Work [2] in 1862. The song tells of the effect of freedom for slaves after their Master had evacuated his Plantation in advance of Union forces. The composer took his title from the biblical story that ancient Hebrews declared a "Jubilee Year" every half century in which all the slaves were freed. Work also composed such songs as the Civil War "Marching Through Georgia," "My Grandfather's Clock," and the music for "Wreck of the Old 97 (The)." His lyric begins:

Henry Clay Work (1832-1884)
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Say, darkeys, hab you seen de massa,
Wid de muffstash on his face,
Go long de road some time dis morning’,
Like he gwine to leab de place?
He seen a smoke way up de ribber,
Whar de Linkum gunboats lay;
He took his hat, an’ let’ berry sudden,
An’ I spec’ he’s run away!

Chorus:
De massa run? ha, ha!
De darkey stay? ho, ho!
It mus, be now de kingdom comin’
An’ de year Jubilo!



Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Hollow Rock String Band (N.C.) [Brody].

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 294. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; pp. 69 & 339. Messer (Original Old Tyme Music by Don Messer & His Islanders), 1942. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 7, p. 8. Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 58. Ostling (Music of '76), 1939; No. 13. Mrs. Joe Person (A Collection of Popular Airs), 1889; p. 13. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 357.

Recorded sources: -Flying Fish FF009, Red Clay Ramblers – "Stolen Love." Folk Legacy FSI-74, Howard Bursen – "Cider in the Kitchen" (1980). Fretless 122, Ken Bonner – "Old Time Fiddling 1976" (appears as "Jubiller"). Rounder 0024, "Hollow Rock String Band."



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