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W y s i w y G ! 20 Sep 01 - 10:13 PM
W y s i w y G ! 09 Oct 03 - 03:29 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: MY SOUL IS A WITNESS FOR MY LORD
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 10:13 PM

See also:

Witness, American Negro Songs

Witness, Folk Songs Of The American Negro

Witness, Jerry Silverman's Folk Song Encyclopedia, V.2

Witness, My Songs

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MY SOUL IS A WITNESS FOR MY LORD
Traditional Negro Spiritual

My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord

You read in the Bible and you understand
Mathuselah was the oldest man
He lived nine hundred and sixty-nine
He died and went to Heaven, Lord! in-a due time.

Mathuselah is a witness for my Lord
Mathuselah is a witness for my Lord
Mathuselah is a witness for my Lord
Mathuselah is a witness for my Lord

You read in the Bible and you understand
Samson was the strongest man
Samson went out at-a one time
And he killed about a thousand of the Philistine
Delilah fooled Samson, this-a we know
For the Holy Bible tells us so:
She shaved off his head, just as clean as your hand
And his strength became the same as any natural man

Now Samson is a witness for my Lord
Now Samson is a witness for my Lord
Now Samson is a witness for my Lord
Now Samson is a witness for my Lord

Now Daniel was a Hebrew child
He went to pray to his God a while;
The king for Daniel at once did send
And he put him right down in the lion's den.
God sent His Angels, the lions for to keep
And Daniel lay down and went to sleep.

Now Daniel is a witness for my Lord
Now Daniel is a witness for my Lord
Now Daniel is a witness for my Lord
Now Daniel is a witness for my Lord



SOURCE:
Park New Choir, http://parknewchoir.free.fr/

@spirituals

SH


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Subject: Add: MY SOUL IS A WITNESS FOR MY LORD, II
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 03:29 PM

Verses start out substantially the same as the above, on the FISK JUBILEE SINGERS recording (Vol. 1, Document Records, available from CAMSCO); then there are some new verses (italics). Also recorded by a number of early black gospel quartets. A story song, referencing/teaching a number of Bible stories.

~S~

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MY SOUL IS A WITNESS FOR MY LORD, II
Traditional Negro Spiritual

My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord
My soul is a witness for my Lord

We read in the Bible and we understand
Methuselah was the oldest man
He lived nine hundred and sixty-nine
He died and went to Heaven, Lord! in-a due time.

Now Methus'lah was a witness for my Lord
Methus'lah was a witness for my Lord
Methus'lah was a witness for my Lord
Methus'lah was a witness for my Lord

We read in the Bible and we understand
Samson was the strongest man
Samson went out at-a one time
Killed about a thousand of the Philistine
Delilah fooled Samson, this we know
The Holy Bible tells us so:
Shaved off his hair, just as clean as your hand
His strength became as any other man

Now Samson was a witness for my Lord
Another witness for my Lord
Another witness for my Lord
Another witness for my Lord

Daniel was a Hebrew child
He went to pray to his God for awhile;
The king at once for Daniel did send
Put him down in the lion's den.
The Lord sent an Angel, the lions for to keep
And Daniel lay down and went to sleep.

Now Daniel was a witness for my Lord
Daniel was a witness for my Lord
Daniel was a witness for my Lord
Daniel was a witness for my Lord

I heard a mighty rumbling under the ground,
Must be the Devil a-turning around.
I heard a mighty rumbling up in the sky,
It must be Jehovah passing by.
Jehovah sent down his chariot of fire,
'Carried Elijah up, a-higher and a-higher.

Now, Elijah was a witness for my Lord
Elijah was a witness for my Lord
Elijah was a witness for my Lord
Elijah was a witness for my Lord

Oh who will be a witness for my Lord
Who will be a witness for my Lord
Who will be a witness for my Lord
Now who will be a witness for my Lord


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Additional refrain on other recordings:

My soul is a witness for my Lord
I'll be a witness for my Lord.
My soul is a witness for my Lord
I'll be a witness for my Lord.


SH


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