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Lyr Req: The Airplane Ride (Nell Hampton)

Gesa 28 Nov 99 - 05:09 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Oct 10 - 07:16 PM
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Subject: The airplane ride
From: Gesa
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 05:09 PM

Hi I'm looking for the words to the song "the airplane ride" by nell Hampton. Is anybody able to help me???

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE AIRPLANE RIDE (Nell Hampton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 07:16 PM

Nell Hampton's recording of THE AIRPLANE RIDE appears on the various-artists album "The Gospel Ship: Baptist Hymns & White Spirituals" (1994).

There is a generous 45-second sample at New World Records. It sounds like a field recording. The liner notes (which are available for download on the same page) were written by Alan Lomax, but it isn't clear to me whether he made the recordings. The liner notes contain these lyrics:


So one of these nights and about twelve o'clock,
This old world's goin' ta reel and rock.
Saints will tremble and cry for pain,
For the Lord's gonna come in his heavenly airplane.

CHORUS: So you thirsty of every trade,
Get your ticket for an airplane ride.
For Jesus the saviour is comin' again,
To take us up to glory in his heavenly airplane.

You've got to be ready if you take this ride,
Quit your sinnin' and humble your pride.
And furnish your life all frank and clean,
And a vessel of glory to come, a machine. CHORUS

When the wedding is over and we all set down
At the married supper with a harp and crown;
We'll lend our voices with the heavenly throne,
And praise our saviour while the years rolls on. CHORUS

This is more or less the same song that others have recorded under the title HEAVENLY AIRPLANE, HEAVENLY AEROPLANE, or HEAVEN'S AIRPLANE.

I wouldn't put much faith in the above lyrics; they have obviously been corrupted either by the singer's poor memory or the transcriber's inability to understand her diction—for example, the line "And a vessel of glory to come, a machine" where other versions have "And a vessel of oil to run the machine."

See HEAVENLY AEROPLANE in the DT as well as the threads that are linked to it at the bottom of the page.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Airplane Ride (Nell Hampton)
Date: 20 May 12 - 09:26 AM

Thank you all so very much! I have sung a song by Joan Osbourne in church in which the first verse has this as the intro. I've always wanted to know the actual lyrics. Thanks again!!

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