Rev. Gary Davis
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Table Of Content (13 songs, 12 soundclips)

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Candy Man
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River
I Am The Light Of This World (1)
I Am The Light Of This World (2)
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Lord, Stand By Me
Moon Is Goin' Down
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am
Samson And Delilah
There's Destruction In This Land
* There Was A Time That I Went Blind
Twelve Gates To The City

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Candy Man

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by
recording of 19

from Pure Religion & Bad Company (Smithsonian/Folkways CD-SF-40035) & Rev. Gary Davis / Blues Guitar (Oak), copyright notice

Candy man been here and gone
Candy man been here and gone
Candy man, salty dog
If you can't be my Candy man you can't be my salty dog

Candy man, candy man
Candy man, fattin' hog
Candy man, Santa Claus
If you can't be my candy man, can't be my fattin' hog

Candy man, candy man
Candy man, been here and gone
Candy man, salty dog
I wish I was in New Orleans, sitting on the candy stand

Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
Run get the pitcher, get the baby some beer
I'd give anything in this god almighty world
To get my Candy man home

Candy man, salty dog
Candy man, fattin' hog
Candy man, salty dog
If you can't be my Candy man
You can't be my man at all

 

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Death Don' Have No Mercy

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by Rev. Gary Davis
recording of probably 1960

from Harlem Street Singer (Bluesville OBCCD-547-2) & (), copyright notice

Death don't have no mercy in this land
Y' know death don't have no mercy in this land, in this land
Come to your house, you know he don't take long
You look in the bed, you find your mama is gone
Death don't have no mercy in this land

I said death don't take no vacation in this land
Death don't take no vacation in this land, in this land
Come to your house, no he doesn't stay long
Look around the room, you see your father will be gone
Say now death don't, death don't take no vacation in this land

Death will leave you standing and crying in this land
I said death will you standing and crying in this land, in this land
He comes into your house and he don't take long
You look all around and you find your mother gone
Death don't have no mercy in this land

Death don't have no mercy in this land
Death don't have no mercy in this land, in this land
Come to your house, you know he don't take long
You wake up one morning and your whole family be gone
Oh, death don't have no mercy in this land

 

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Goin' Sit Down On The Banks Of The River

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by
recording of probably 1960

from Harlem Street Singer (Bluesville OBCCD-547-2), copyright notice

I'm gonna run through the streets of the city
Where my Lord have gone on before
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
I won't be back no more

All my crying will be over
I won't have to cry no more
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
And I won't be back no more

We're gonna have a good time when we all get there
Gonna crown Him Lord of all
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
God knows I won't be back no more

Hallelujah!
Well, well
Oh, well
Oh, oh, yeah!
Oh, God knows

Well gonna be where no lies be told on me
When I get on the other side
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
Well I won't be back no more

Tell God all about my troubles
That I had in this world here below
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
Hey!

I'm gonna fly from mansion to mansion
When I get on the other side
I'm gonna sit down on the banks of the river
Well I won't be back no more

Gonna meet my mother and my father
And my sisters and my brothers too
Yeah!
What?

I'll be where I won't have to say no more goodbyes
And won't have to part no more
Yeah, sit down on the banks of the river
Lord I won't be back no more

 

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I Am The Light Of This World (version 1)

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by
recording of probably 1960

from Harlem Street Singer (Bluesville OBCCD-547-2), copyright notice

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

You don't believe in Jesus
And not a word he say
When he come all way down to Lazarus' grave
And raised him from the dead

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

I've got fiery fingers
I've got fiery hands
And when I get up in heaven
Gonna join that fiery band

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

Prayer is the key of heaven
And faith unlock the door
That's why my god give me the key
And he told me to carry it everywhere I go

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

Didn't they take old John the Baptist
And out him in a kettle of oil
Well, my god got in there with him
And they told me the oil wouldn't boil

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

I know I got religion
I know I ain't ashamed
For the holy ghost is my witness
And the angels done signed my name

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

 

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I Am The Light Of This World (version 2)

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by
recording of late 30's

from The Complete Early Recordings (Yazoo 2011), copyright notice

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

You don't believe in Jesus
And not a word he say
When he come all way down to Lazarus' grave
And raised him from the dead

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

I've got fiery fingers
I've got fiery hands
And when I get up in heaven
Gonna join that fiery band

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

Shout around all that you wanna
For I ain't gonna be here long
'Cause my soul is anchored in Jesus
And the world can't do me no harm

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

Prayer is the key of heaven
And faith unlock the door
That's why my god give me the key
And he told me to carry it everywhere I go

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

I know I been converted
I know I ain't ashamed
For the holy ghost is my witness
And the angels done signed my name

Just as long as I'm in this world
I am the light of this world

 

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Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

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by Rev. Gary Davis
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Mother, don't you stop a-prayin'
Father, keep right on prayin'
Mother, don't you stop a-prayin'
For this ol' world is almost done

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
For this ol' world is almost done

Sister, don't you stop a-prayin'
Brother, keep right on prayin'
Sister, don't you stop a-prayin'
For this ol' world is almost done

Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
Keep your lamps trimmed and burnin'
For this ol' world is almost done

 

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Lord, Stand By Me

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by
recording of 19

from I Am A True Vine (Heritage HT CD 07), copyright notice

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

'Cause you always have been with me, stand by me
'Cause you always have been with me, stand by me

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Stood by Job when he was ...1, stand by me
Stood by Job ..., stand by me
Stood by John on ..., stand by me
Stood by John on ..

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Lord, you always been my Father, stand by me
Lord, you always been my Father
Lord, you always been my Mother, stand by me
Lord, you always been my Mother

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never lost a battle
Stand by me

Lord, you always been my lawyer, stand by me
Lord, you always been my lawyer
Lord, you always been my doctor, stand by me
Lord, you always been my doctor

Stand by me
Stand by me
Lord, you never
Stand by me

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Note 1: ..., text unknown

 

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Moon Is Going Down

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by
recording of 19

from I Am A True Vine (Heritage HT CD 07), copyright notice

Oh

And the moon goin' down and vanish away
And the sun refuse to shine
And every star gonna be disappear
The moon goin' down, vanish away

Somebody have stole away my Lord
Pray, tell me where he is
He's the only man can ease my mind
And give my toil []

And the moon goin' down and vanish away
And the sun refuse to shine
And every star gonna be disappear
The moon goin' down and vanish away

Yeah...

And the moon goin' down and vanish away
And the sun refuse to shine
And every star gonna be disappear
And the moon goin' down, vanish away

 

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Oh Glory, How Happy I Am

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by rev. Gary Davis
recording of 19

from probably O, Glory: The Apostolic Studio Sessions (Genes 9908), copyright notice

Oh, when I was out in the world of sin
I had no one to be my friend
Jesus came and he taken me in
Glory, hallelu

And he taken my feet out the miry clay
He placed them up on a rock to stay
I thank God that I can say
Glory, hallelu

O, Glory how happy I am
O, Glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

O, Glory how happy I am
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

I was out in darkness and I could not see
Jesus came and he rescued me
He claimed me and gave me a victory
Glory, hallelu

And one day while Jesus was passing by
He set my sinful soul on fire
He made me laugh and he made me cry
Glory, hallelu

Whoa!
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

Whoa, glory how happy I am
Oh, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

When I could not understand
Jesus, he give me a lending hand
Led me away to the promised land
Glory, hallelu

Oh, well he give me a horn and he told me to blow
Go in peace and sin no more
He led me away to the upright shore
Glory, hallelu

Whoa, glory how happy I
Yes!
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

Well, glory
Yeah!
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

I know something that's mighty swell
A sweet little story I love to tell
Jesus saved my soul from Hell
Glory, hallelu

Oh, stand back Satan, get out of my way
I don't want to hear not a word you say
I'm on my way to the King's highway
Glory, hallelu

Well thank God I got over at last
Thank God I got over at last
My feet is planted in the narrow path
Glory, hallelu

Whoa, glory how happy I am
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

When I had no home to claim
I begin to call on Jesus' name
He saved me from old Satan's chains
Glory, hallelu

Now I'm fire-baptized and holy ghost-filled
I'm out here to do my master's will
I must keep going, I must keep
Glory, hallelu

Well, glory
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

Yeah, glory how
Yeah!
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu

 

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Samson And Delilah

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by
recording of 19

from Gospel, Blues and Street Songs & Gospel, Blues and Street Songs & Harlem Street Singer (Bluesville OBCCD-547-2), copyright notice

If I had my way
If I had my way
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

Well Delilah, she was a woman fine and fair
She had good looks, God knows and coal black hair
Delilah, she came to Samson's mind
The first he saw this woman that looked so fine
Delilah, she set down on Samson's knee
Said tell me where your strength lies if you please
She spoke so kind, God knows, she talked so fair
'til Samson said "Delilah, you can cut off my hair
You can shave my head, clean as my hand
And my strength 'come as natural as any a man"

If I had my way
If I had my way
In this wicked world
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

Talk, Yeah
Yeah, Talk to me
Yeah, Yeah, talk to me
Yeah, what happened then?

If I had my way
If I had my way
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

Yeah you read about old Samson, told from his birth
He was the strongest man that ever had lived on Earth
So one day while Samson was-a-walkin' along
He looked on the ground and saw an old jawbone
He stretched out his arm, God knows, it broke like flint
When he got to movin' ten-thousand was dead, Mmm

If I had my way
If I had my way in this wicked world
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

Well old Samson and the lion got attacked
Samson he jumped up on the lion's back
So you read about this lion had killed a man with his paws
But Samson got his hand in the lion's jaws
He rid that beast until he killed him dead
And the bees made honey in the lion's head

Good God!

If I had my way
If I had my way
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

If I had my way
If I had my way in this wicked world
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down

Good God!

 

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There's Destruction In That Land

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by rev. Gary Davis
recording of 19

from O, Glory: The Apostolic Studio Sessions (Genes 9908), copyright notice

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

Now you see how God is riding
Through this old sinful land
So it pays you to be ready
Have your ticket in your hand
For my God is still-a-riding
And he's taking on every hand
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

God's moving by the waters
And He's moving by the wind
He's moving by the lightning
Yes, He's moving by the storm
So it pays you to be ready
To rest in Jesus arms
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's something I wants to tell you
And I want you to know
Oh Death, he keeps on riding
And he's knocking at every door
He's calling for the rich
Just as well as for the poor
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

Some are leaving their wives and families
To do the very best they can
They realize Death keep-a-riding
So it pays you to be ready
To join this Christian band
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

Now friends there is no use of moaning
There is no use of crying
You just set your house in order
And prepare yourself for dying
You just keep this world behind you
And get Jesus on your mind
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see, can't you see
Men and women are passing away
Into judgment every day
There's a destruction in this land
Can't you see

 

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There Was A Time That I Went Blind


by Rev. Gary Davis
recording of January 29 1956

from probably Rev. Gary Davis (Riverside RLP-148/RLP 12-611), copyright notice

There was a time that I went blind
There was a time that I went blind
It was the darkest day that I ever saw, it was the day that I went blind

Nobody cares for me
Nobody cares for me
'Cause I lost my sight and I have to be led, nobody cares for me

It's so hard to have to be blind, Lord
It's so hard to have to be blind, Lord
I'm away in the dark and got to feel my way, it's so hard to have to be blind

I moaned the day I went blind
I moaned the day I went blind
Oh, Lord, tell me how long. am I to be blind always?

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Note: also known under the title "It's Hard To Be Blind".

 

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Twelve Gates To The City

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by
recording of 19

from Harlem Street Singer (Bluesville OBCCD-547-2) & The Complete Early Recordings (Yazoo 2011), copyright notice

Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

And it's oh, what a beautiful
Oh
Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

There's three gates in the East
There's three gates in the West
There's three gates in the North
There's three gates in the South
That makes twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

And it's oh, what a beautiful
Oh
Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Oh
Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

If you see my dear old mother
Won't you do this favor for me
Won't you please tell my mother
To meet me in Galilee
Well, it's twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

Oh Lord, what a beautiful
Yeah
Oh Lord, what a beautiful
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

God Almighty!
What you talkin' 'bout?
Oh, Lordy
Whoo!

Oh Lord, what a beautiful
Whoa!
Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

Oh Lord, what a beauty
Whoa!
Oh Lord, what a beauty
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah

 

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