Note: Jones talks about what it means to know you have a seat in the kingdom when you are toiling in the fields. Her grandfather said that long ago some white masters were good. I Know An Old Man And His Name Was Ned was a "white folks' slave song" that both whites and blacks used to sing 'when they buried a colored fellow that they liked.' She heard this song in a white church while babysitting for white children as a child (she herself was about eight). African Americans sang this song too.