Keep in De Middle Ob De Road

Author: Will S. Hays

William Shakespeare Hays USA 1837-1907. Born in Louisville, KY, he attended colleges in IN, TN, and KY, after which he became a reporter for the “Louisville Democrat” newspaper. He later became a columnist for the “Louisville Courier-Journal” after a stint as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. During the Civil War Hays was jailed in New Orleans, LA, for writing songs that supported the Confederate cause. Musically inclined, he wrote about 350 songs. The song “Mollie Darling” (1872) sold a million copies. As with some other hymns, the tune of his popular vaudeville song, “Little old log cabin” was adapted to the new hymn by the lyricist, C W Fry, who wrote “Lily of the valley”. He died in his… Go to person page >

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First Line: I hear dem angels a-calling loud
Title: Keep in De Middle Ob De Road
Author: Will S. Hays
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Den children keep in de middle of de road
Copyright: Public Domain



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Plantation Melodies and Spiritual Songs. 3d ed. #d33

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Triumphant Songs Nos. 1 and 2 Combined #408

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