Didn't It Rain

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"Didn't It Rain", sometimes given as "Oh, Didn't It Rain", is an American gospel song.[1] It originated as a Negro spiritual or work song,[2] and appeared in sheet music for piano art song form in a 1919 arrangement by Henry Thacker Burleigh (1866–1949).[3]

Modern versions[edit]

 (Evelyn Freeman) (1958)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The American Journal of Religious Psychology and Education 3, p. 350. Granville Stanley Hall, Alexander Francis Chamberlain - 1909: "The present-day song that apparently originated in the above song is less elaborate, having only portions of the old song, and not being much in demand. It, too, is called "Didn't it rain?" God told Noah 'bout de rainbow sign — Lawd, didn't it ".
  2. ^ Newman I. White, American Negro Folk-Songs, 1928, p. 141: "Did n't it rain" occurs in Negro work songs. Cf. Odum, 1925, p. 129. Old Jonah got mad cause de rain kept a droppin', Did n't it rain, O didn't it rain! It rained forty days; forty nights without stoppin', O did n't it rain, Did n't it rain! C Reported from ...
  3. ^ Duo-art piano music: a classified catalog of interpretations Aeolian Company - 1927, p. 438. OH, DIDN'T IT RAIN (Key G). Negro Spirituals. (Song Accompaniment). Burleigh Robert Armbruster.