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Table Of Content (9 songs, 3 soundclips)

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* By and By, Goin' to See the King
God Don't Never Change
God Moves On The Water
In My Time Of Dyin'
It's Nobody's Fault But Mine

Jesus Is Coming Soon
** Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying
Mother's Children Have A Hard Time
Soul Of A Man

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Bye And Bye, Goin' To See The King


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

I said bye and bye I'm going to see the King
Bye and bye I am going to see the King
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

I said bye and bye I'm going to see the King
Bye and bye I am going to see the King
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

You know after death,
you have got to go by yourself
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

I said bye and bye I'm going to see the King
Bye and bye I am going to see the King
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

Bye and bye I will hear the angel sing
Bye and bye I will hear the angel sing
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

You know after death,
you have got to stand your test
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

I said bye and bye I'm going to see the King
Bye and bye I am going to see the King
And I don't mind dying, I'm a child of God

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God Don't Never Change

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by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of December 10 1929, New Orleans

from The Slide Guitar: Bottles, Knives, & Steel, Vol. 1 (Columbia CK-46218) & Praise God I'm Satisfied (Yazoo 1058) & Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835) & Dark Was the Night [Indigo] (Indigo 2024), copyright notice

Yes God, God don't never change
He's God, always will be God

God in the middle of the ocean
God in the middle of the sea
By the help of the great creator
Truly been a God to me
Hey God, God don't never change
God, always will be God

God in creation
God when Adam fell
God way up in heaven
God way down in hell
He's God, God don't never change
God, always will be God

Spoke to the mountain
Said how great I am
Want you to get up this mornin'
Skip around like a lamb
Well he's God, God don't never change
God, always will be God

God in the time of sickness
God in the doctor too
In the time of the influenza1
He truly was a God to you
Well he's God, God don't never change
He's God, always will be God

God in the pulpit
God way down at the door
He's God in the amen corner
God all over the floor
Well he's God, God don't never change
God, always will be God

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Note: see also Jesus Is Coming Soon
Note 1: influenza, an acute highly contagious virus disease that in 1918-1920 killed some 20 million people worldwide, more then the Great War (WW-I) did, not to be mistaken for the common flu.

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God Moves On The Water


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of December 1929, New Orleans

from Dark Was the Night [Indigo] (Indigo 2024), copyright notice

Ah, Lord, ah, Lord

Year of nineteen hundred and twelve, April the fourteenth day
Great Titanic struck an iceberg, people had to run and pray
God moves, moves, God moves, ah, and the people had to run and pray

The guards who had been a-watching, asleep 'cause they were tired
When they heard the great excitement, then a gunshot was fired
God moves, moves, God moves, ah, and the people had to run and pray

Captain Smith gave orders, women and children first
Many of the lifeboats piled right up, many were liable to crush
God moves on, God moves, God moves, ah, and the people had to run and pray

Ahh-ah

So many had to leave their happy home, all that they possess
Lord Jesus, will you hear us now, help us in our distress
God moves, God moves, God moves, ah, people had to run and pray

Women had to leave their loving ones, see 'bout their safety
When they heard the liner was doomed, hearts did almost break
God moves, God moves, God moves, ah, and the people had to run and pray

A.G. Smith, mighty man, built a boat that he couldn't understand
Named it a name of God in a tin, without a "c", Lord, he pulled it in
God moves, ah, God moves, God moves, ah, and the people had to run and pray

(spoken: Well) Ahh, ah, Lord

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Note: originally released as Co 14520-D.

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In My Time Of Dyin'


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Well, in my time of dyin', don't want nobody to moan
All I want for you to do is take my body home
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make my dyin' bed

Well, meet me, Jesus, meet me, meet me in the middle of the air
If these wings should fail me, Lord, won't you meet me with another pair
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make my dyin' bed

Lord, in my time of dyin', don't want nobody to cry
All I want you to do, is take me when I die
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well, well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make up
Jesus goin' make my dyin' bed

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Note: this song was contributed by a visitor credtiting it to BWJ. Haven't been able to confirm this, couldn't find any album on which it appears. Another visitor pointed out that this could very well be a Josh White song and not a BWJ song. If anyone is able to shed some more light on this, please e-mail me.

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It's Nobody's Fault But Mine

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by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19

from Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835), copyright notice

Nobody's fault but mine,
nobody's fault but mine
If I don't read it my soul be lost

I have a bible in my home,
I have a bible in my home
If I don't read it my soul be lost

Mmm, father he taught me how to read,
father he taught me how to read
If I don't read it my soul be lost, nobody's fault but mine

Ah, Lord, Lord, nobody's fault but mine
If I don't read it my soul be lost

Ah, I have a bible of my own,
I have a bible of my own
If I don't read it my soul be lost

Oh, mother she taught me how to read,
mother she taught me how to read
If I don't read it my soul be lost, nobody's fault but mine

Ah, Lord, Lord, nobody's fault but mine
If I don't read it my soul be lost

And sister she taught me how to read,
sister she taught me how to read
If I don't read it my soul be lost, nobody's fault but mine

Ah, mmm, Lord, Lord, nobody's fault but mine
If I don't read it my soul'd be lost, mmm

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Jesus Is Coming


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19

from Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835), copyright notice

Well, we done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

In the year of 19 and 18, God sent a mighty disease
It killed many a-thousand, on land and on the seas

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

Great disease was mighty and the people were sick everywhere
It was an epidemic, it floated through the air

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

The doctors they got troubled and they didn't know what to do
They gathered themselves together, they called it the Spanish'in' flu1

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

Soldiers died on the battlefield, died in the counts too
Captain said to the lieutenant, "I don't know what to do"

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

Well, God is warning the nation, He's a-warnin' them every way
To turn away from evil and seek the Lord and pray

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

Well, the nobles said to the people, "You better close your public schools,
until the events of death has ending, you better close your churches too"

We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon
We done told you, our God's done warned you, Jesus comin' soon

Read the book of Zacharias, bible plainly says
Said the people in the cities dyin', account of they wicked ways

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Note: see also God Don't Never Change

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Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of December 1928, Dallas, Texas

from Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835), copyright notice

Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes
Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes
When my heart's full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears
Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

My mother often told me, angels bonded your life away
She said I would accomplish, but trust in God and pray
I'm on the King's Highway, I'm travelin' everyday

'Cause I just can't keep from crying sometimes
Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes
When my heart's full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears
Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

My mother, she's in glory, thank God I'm on my way
Father, he's gone too, and sister she could not stay
I'm trusting Him everyday, to bear my burdens away

'Cause I just can't keep from crying sometimes
Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes
When my heart's full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears
Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

I thought when she first left me, I'd pray4 for a little while
Soon it all would be over, and I'd journey on with a smile
But the thought as I get older, I think of what I told her

And I just can't keep from crying sometimes
Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes
When my heart's full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears
Lord, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

Well, well

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Note: female gospel singer Willie B. Harris sang accompanying vocals on this song.
Thanks to Jay Cech for all the lyrics corrections!.

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Mother's Children Have A Hard Time

soundclip


Traditional
recording of 19

from Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835), copyright notice

Well, well, well, ah
A motherless children have a hard time
Motherless children have a hard time, mother's dead
They'll not have anywhere to go, wanderin' around from door to door
Have a hard time

Nobody on earth can take a mother's place when, when mother is dead, Lord
Nobody on earth takes mother's place when, mother's dead
Nobody on earth takes mother's place,
when you were startin', paved the way
Nobody treats you like mother will when

Your wife or husband may be good to you, when mother is dead, Lord
They'll be good to you, mother's dead
A wife or a husband may be good to you,
but, better than nothing has proved untrue
Nobody treats you like mother will when, when mother is dead, Lord

Lord, Lord, Lord
Yeah, well, ah
Well, some people say that sister will do, when mother is dead
That sister will do when mother's dead
Some people say that sister will do,
but, as soon as she's married, she turn her back on you
Nobody treats you like mother will

And father will do the best he can, when mother is dead, Lord
Well, the best he can when mother is dead
Father will do the best he can,
so many things a father can't understand
Nobody treats you like mother will

A motherless children have a hard time, when mother is dead, Lord
Motherless children have a hard time, mother's dead
They'll not have anywhere to go,
Wanderin' around from door to door
Have a hard time

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Soul Of A Man


by Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19

from Dark Was the Night [Indigo] (Indigo 2024) & Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson (Columbia C2K-52835), copyright notice

Won't somebody tell me, answer if you can!
Want somebody tell me, what is the soul of a man
I'm going to ask the question, answer if you can

If anybody here can tell me, what is the soul of a man?
I've traveled in different countries, I've traveled foreign lands
I've found nobody to tell me, what is the soul of a man

I saw a crowd stand talking, I came up right on time
Were hearing the doctor and the lawyer, say a man ain't nothing but his mind
I read the bible often, I tries to read it right

As far as I can understand, a man is more than his mind
When Christ stood in the temple, the people stood amazed
Was showing the doctors and the lawyers, how to raise a body from the grave

Spoonful

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Page last updated on:
May 28 2000


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