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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN



What is the meaning of "dusk till dawn"? ... “Dusk” means the time of the day when the Sun sets down and this is a metaphor to hardships in life. “Dawn” is the time of the day when the Sun comes up again. Sunrise is usually a symbolism for new beginnings, hope and prosperity that was preached in the churches on Sunday mornings. For the church the term dawn on Sunday morning also meant no men for Sunday service because of a ramshackle place of treasures called a Juke Joint (or jook joint) the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling, and drinking, primarily operated by African Americans holding tight to its roots as a place for rural field workers. The term "juke" is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog or jug, meaning rowdy or disorderly.


In the early 1900s the churches were filled with predominantly women of full faith while the men were at home sleeping off the night from full foolery. For the Black man, Jesus didn't seem to help out with their problems immediately like the Juke Joints did with a menu of choices to relieve their pain, like whiskey, rum, moonshine, women and from slow drag and ragtime to, the blues. But come Sunday morning the women were energized by the singing in the church while the men were sleeping off the Blues from last night.