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TypeReleasedRecordedRYM Rating category
ArtistBert Williams
Single
1901
11 October 1901
2.94 / 5.00.5 indigenous 6 ratings

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bayard Sep 25 2018 3.50 stars
"Where to be Moses once the irradiate Went Out" was taped in Philadelphia ~ above 11 October 1901 by Bert Williams. A very successful afri American theatrical display performer of comic routines and also humorous, wry songs, mostly in conjunction v his long-time partner George Walker, Bert Williams was, through a long way, the finest selling black color artist of the pre-Great war era."Where was Moses once the irradiate Went Out" was an initial published as a track in 1878, return the lyrics of that version are not associated with this recording by Bert Williams. The phrase occurred as a hoary riddle:- Question:- wherein was Moses once the light went out? Answer:- In the dark!The amendment version, composed by Vernon P. Bryan and also Harry Von Tilzer and sung by Bert Williams has slow piano accompaniment, as Bert humorously narrates his story of Deacon Moses that thinks the will be able to extort money from the denizens that a gambling den by giving to leave them in peace in exchange because that money, just for his plan to be thwarted as soon as the lights go out, and when they come ago on again someone else has made off through all the money, yet the gamblers think Deacon Moses has actually stolen it:- Moses Johnson to be a Deacon in the colored congregation In revolutionary he obtained his fameHe began out one evenin' filled with divine indignation come raid a gambling gameHe believed they'd offer him moneySo to avoid all provocation If he'd only let lock playBut the tip went 'round "Moses comin' down"And his plans all went astray once he go in the gambling home the lights went out simply thenAnd not a blessed cent was found when the gas to be lit againThem coons took every the money, once they experienced the worthy Deacon and the gamblers referred to as for timeBut once Moses called 'em all'Twas no money the he stoleA gamblin' man did cry"Where to be Moses as soon as the lights went out?Somewhere roughly here, we have actually no doubtBut all us wanna recognize is where did Moses go, what was he about?Where was Moses once the lights went out?He's the reason of this, over there ain't no doubt but don't friend think it funny, below he wants more moneyWhere was Moses once the lights went out?"
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paddlesteamer Nov 09 2007 4.00 stars
Bert Williams to be a Broadway legend. He to be the very first African-American demonstrate to show up in a variety of prestigious Broadway venues. This is one of his legendary early on performances indigenous the days once he was component of the duo Williams and Walker.


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