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Lyr Add: I'm a Pilgrim (gospel-spiritual)

Dicho 10 Nov 01 - 04:01 PM
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Subject: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Dicho
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 04:01 PM

I'M A PILGRIM

Cho.
My God got a home up in yonder city
Where they don't 'low no sinner men (no sinner men)
My God got a home up in yonder city
Where they don't 'low no sinner men.

God knows I'm a pilgrim and a stranger
Travelin' through this barber* land (this barber land)
Don't you walk contrary to God's commandments
In this city where you come to die.
Cho.
While you stay around and a stranger
Travelin' through this barber land (this barber land)
He holds you in that Union Station
Until the time for that train to arrive.
Cho.
My old mother, sister and brother
Some Christian woman pray for me (there's hope for me)
My God's got a home up in yonder city
Where there are millions of sinner men.
Cho.
Yes, thou art a Father who live in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Holy Name
He will see you with a constant eye
He will save you when you come to die.

Sung by Alfred "Helena" Hamilton, Arkansas State Farm #9. *barber = barbarous. Chorus varied by singing My mother, etc., in place of my God.
John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip.
@religion @gospel @spiritual


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Dicho
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 11:45 PM

I'M A PILGRIM II

1st verse and chorus:
I'm a pilgrim and I'm a stranger;
I can tarry but a night,
Do not detain me, for I am going
To where the fountains are ever flowing.

There the glory is ever shining!
O, my longing heart, my longing heart is there,
Here in this country so dark and dreary,
I long have wandered forlorn and weary.

Cho. I'm a pilgrim, etc.

There's the city to which I journey;
My Redeemer, my redeemer is its light!
There is no sorrow nor any sighing,
Nor any tears there, nor any dying.

Cho. I'm a pilgrim, etc.

Farewell, dreary earth, by sin so blighted,
In immortal beauty soon you'll be arrayed!
He who has formed thee will soon restore thee!
And then thy dread curse shall never more be.

Cho. I'm a pilgrim etc.

The Southern Zion Songster, 1864, compiled by Editor, North Carolina Christian Advocate, Raleigh, NC. No author cited. The antecedent of the song collected by John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip.
http:// docsouth.unc.edu/imls/zion/zion.html

@religion @hymn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 01:57 AM

Merle Travis' version is in the DT.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 05:51 AM

There is also this one in the Max Hunter Collection:

I Am a Pilgrim

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 09:33 PM

Doc Watson also recorded this song. It is close to the Merle Travis version in the DT, except for variations in the 2nd verse.

I've got a mother, a sister and a brother
They done gone all to that other shore
And i'm determined to go and see them, good Lord
And live up there forever more.

The 1st verse is marked:
Capo III - E (abs. G)

B7 E
I'm a Pilgrim and a Stranger
A E
Traveling Through this worsome Land
E A
I've got a Home built in that yonder City, good Lord
E B7 E
And it's Not Not made by Hand.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 09:38 PM

Oops! No spacing.
B7 over Pilgrim; E over Stranger
A over Through; E over Land
E over Home; A over City
E over Not; B7 over Not; E over Hand.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 09:49 PM

Dicho, a convenient way to add chords is in parens just before each syllable where they change-- seems everyone can read 'em that way.

Like this:

I'm a (B7)pilgrim and a (E)stranger
Traveling (A)through this wor'some (E)land.
I've got a (E)home built in that yonder (A)city, good Lord!
And it's (E)not (B7)(not!) made by (E)hand.

For flats, you can use a lower-case b-- Bb, for instance.

Love this song!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 11:10 PM

What a great song. Capable of being done in almost every style and with all kinds of different technique. Merle Travis' version is the most well known, with Doc Watson's second, and it can be done shapenote hymn, lined out hymn, spiritual style, secular style, bluegrass, even holy blues. Very sincere and real and everybody likes that stoptime rest in the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 11:10 PM

Thanks, Susan. That is earier to do and saves space as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'M A PILGRIM (gospel-spiritual)
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 12:39 AM

Dicho, there was a thread once about how to post chords and while there are HTML whizbangs who can set them up to float over the correct syllable, and we discussed a number of other brilliant approaches that looked great-- this was the one people started just sort of using. Once you get the hang of it, they are easy to transcribe that way and not too hard to play from, either.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm a Pilgrim (gospel-spiritual)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 07:41 PM

the song go like this ''''''i'm a pilgrim and a stranger travel through this barrow land i got a home in younder city and i do the best i can backgroung follow the leaader then it say step over jordan sweat and tried i can see kingdom from the other side when i get there i'l take my stand lord i'l do the best i can lord i'm apilgrim and a stranger travel through this barrow land. but i need the second verse that is why i am looking for the song thank u


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm a Pilgrim (gospel-spiritual)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 08:23 PM

The Golden Gate Quartet did a knock-out vsion of this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm a Pilgrim (gospel-spiritual)
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 02:25 AM

Here's a link to a performance of this song by the renown African American Gospel group The Soul Stirrers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLNvEm1vmOU

Paul Foster sung the lead for this rendition of the song.

Here's my transcription of that song from the video:

I'M A PILGRIM
(The Soul Stirrers's version)

Chorus:

Whooo! I'm a pilgrim
[I'm a pilgrim]
And a stranger
[And a stranger]
Travelin through
[travelin through]
This ole barren land
[Barren land]
I got a home
[I got a home]
In yonder city, Lord
And I will do
The best I can

Chorus repeated with group responses as above:

I'm a pilgrim
Nothin but a stranger
Everyday I'm travelin
this ole barren land
But I got a home
In yonder city Lord
And I'll do
the best I can

Verse 1
(Group humming as counterpoint to the soloist)

I've been tempted, Lord
I've been tried
I've been discouraged
On every side.
While travelin
through this land, Lord
Lord I'll do
[Lord I'll do]
the best I can.
[The best that I can]

Chorus
Lord I'm a pilgrim
[I'm a pilgrim]
And I'm a stranger
[I'm a stranger]
Don't you know I'm travelin
[I'm travelin]
This ole barren land
[Barren land]
But I'm not worried
[I'm not worried]
I've gotta home
[I've got a home]
Somewhere yonder city
[In yonder city]
And I'll do the best I can.


Verse 2
(When I) Get to River Jordan
With the tide
I can see Canaan
on the other side
When I get there
Take my stand
Lord I'll do
[Lord I'll do]
The best I can
[the best that I can]

Chorus:
Lord, I am a pilgrim
Yes! Travelin through
this ole barren land
But I'm not worried
I gotta home
Somewhere in yonder city
And I'll do
the best I can.

(Repeat the chorus)


-snip-

I just added a post on my blog with that transcription and video. That post also includes one more transcription and video of another very well regarded African American group singing this song. I also added the lyrics of this song found online for Johnny Cash, and a video of a White American congregation singing that same version of "I'm A Pilgrim". That post references & gives a hyperlink to this thread with special mention of Dicho's early comments. Here's the link for that post:

"http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/12/three-versions-of-gospel-song-im.html

-Best wishes,
Azizi Powell


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