Run Come See, Jerusalem

Blind Blake Higgs (Blake Alphonso Higgs) c. 1940s

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This example of "Run come see, Jerusalem" is performed by the Jolly Rogers on their album Loose Cannons, available from the Chivalry Music store
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Notes:
Written by Blake Higgs (he recorded it in 1951), a Bahamian calypso singer who was well known for entertaining tourists in Nassau, this song has been covered by many American folk singers including The Weavers.  It's about a devastating hurricane in the Bahamas in1929 that caught people unaware and destroyed many ships.  Alan Lomax documented another song also about the same storm, called A Great Storm Pass Over, written by a Bahamian sponge fisherman called Tappy Joe; it was recorded in 1935.
Here is a discussion in the DT forum about the song

Bio of Blind Blake Higgs

The first version below is how the Jolly Rogers perform it, but the words are somewhat shortened from the original.  The second version is transcribed from Classic Maritime Music, Various Artists,  Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40053. It contains much more detail about the ships and places.

It was in nineteen hundred and twenty nine,
Run come see, run come see,
I remember that day very well
It was in nineteen hundred and twenty nine
Run come see, Jerusalem.

That day they were talkin' 'bout a storm on the islands
Run come see, run come see,
My God, it was a beautiful mornin'
Run come see, Jerusalem.

That day there were three ships leavin' out the harbor
Run come see, run come see,
It was the Ethel, the Myrtle and the Pretoria,
Run come see, Jerusalem.

These ships were bound for a neighboring island
Run come see, run come see,
With mothers and children on board
Run come see, Jerusalem.

Now when the Pretoria was out on the ocean,
Run come see, run come see,
Rocking from side to side
Yes, the Pretoria was out on the ocean,
Run come see, Jerusalem.

My God, when the first wave hit the Pretoria
Run come see, run come see,
The mothers grabbin hold unto the children
When the first wave hit the Pretoria
Run come see, Jerusalem.

My God, there were thirty-three souls in the water
Run come see, run come see,
They were swimming and praying to the good Lord
There were thirty-three souls in the water
Run come see, Jerusalem.

My God, now George Brown he was the captain
Run come see, run come see,
He shouted my children now come pray
He said, "Come now, witness your judgment"
Run come see, Jerusalem.

It was in nineteen hundred and twenty nine,
Run come see, run come see,
I remember that day very well
It was in nineteen hundred and twenty nine
Run come see, Jerusalem.

Second version, probably closer to the original:

It was nineteen hundred and twenty-nine (Run come see, run come see)
I remember that day pretty well
It was nineteen hundred and twenty-nine (Run come see Jerusalem)

There were three sail leavin' out the harbour (Run come see, run come see)
There was the Ethel and the Myrtle and the Pretoria
There were three sail leavin' out the harbour (Run come see Jerusalem)

There was the Ethel and the Myrtle and the Pretoria (Run come see, run come see)
My God what a beautiful morning
There was the Ethel and the Myrtle and the Pretoria (Run come see Jerusalem)

Well the Ethel was bound for Fresh Creek (Run come see, run come see)
With the mothers and the children on board
Well the Ethel was bound for Fresh Creek (Run come see Jerusalem)

Now the Myrtle was bound for Spanish Creek (Run come see, run come see)
My God what a beautiful morning
The Myrtle was bound for Spanish Creek (Run come see Jerusalem)

Pretoria was out on the ocean (Run come see, run come see)
She was dashin' from side to side
Pretoria was out on the ocean (Run come see Jerusalem)

Well a big storm built up in the northwest (Run come see, run come see)
The children come holdin' to their mothers
And a big storm built up in the northwest (Run come see Jerusalem)

Then the first sea hit the Pretoria (Run come see, run come see)
And the mothers came grabbin' for the children
And the first sea hit the Pretoria (Run come see Jerusalem)

That sail head down went to the bottom (Run come see, run come see)
The skipper came grabbin' for the tiller
That sail head down went to the bottom (Run come see Jerusalem)

There was thirty-three souls on the water (Run come see, run come see)
Just swimmin' and prayin' to Daniel, God
There was thirty-three souls on the water (Run come see Jerusalem)

Now George Brown he was the captain (Run come see, run come see)
He shouts, 'My children come pray'
George Brown he was the captain (Run come see Jerusalem)

Well come now witness your judgment (Run come see, run come see)
He shouts, 'My children come pray'
Well come now witness your judgment (Run come see Jerusalem)

Source: Various Artists 'Classic Maritime Music' Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40053