I’m Troubled About My Soul
Posted in 1930s,Field Recording,Gospel on 11.05.07

“Lord, I’m Troubled About My Soul” is my favorite traditional gospel song, though it does not have a deep recorded tradition as many southern gospel songs. This version is by Lillie Knox who was recorded by John Lomax on one of his Library of Congress field recording trips through South Carolina. Lillie Knox has a incredible voice – and this track recorded acapella is one of the most moving recordings I’ve ever heard.

Lille Knox – I’m Troubled About My Soul (1937)

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By Jim on 11.06.07 10:03 pm

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I know Charlie Patton recorded this as “Troubled About My Mother.” What other versions are out there?


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By geldof_bloke on 11.15.07 7:02 pm

Glad to see you’re still posting. You blog is terrific, so thank you! This is haunting song – simply amazing.


By Chris on 07.11.08 7:02 pm

Does anyone know the lyric to “Troubled About My Soul”?


By JBeijst on 12.18.09 7:21 am

Thank you, truly moving indeed.


By rnpotter on 12.27.10 3:31 am

The lyrics of the Frank Palmes version on the Goodbye Babylon collection are:

Wonder where my mother good Lord,
I wonder where she gone
She gone away to Canaan, Lord
And she won’t be troubled no more

Oh Daniel, he had trouble good Lord,
Trouble about-a his soul
He gone away to Canaan, Lord
And he won’t be troubled no more

Troubled Lord, I’m troubled good Lord,
Troubled about-a my soul
I’m going away to Canaan, Lord
And I won’t be troubled no more

Now can anyone decipher the lyrics to Charlie Patton’s version, recorded as “Troubled About My Mother”? Thanks all.


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