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Thread #1256   Message #2538973
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Jan-09 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Peace in the Valley (Thomas A. Dorsey)
Subject: Lyr Add: PEACE IN THE VALLEY (Thomas A Dorsey)
Thomas A Dorsey, 1951 (1939?), words and music.
Well, I'm tired and so weary, but I must go along;
Till the Lord comes and calls me away, oh, yes;
Well the morning is bright, and the Lamb is the Light;
And the night, night is as fair as the day, oh, yes.

There will be peace in the valley for me some day;
There will be peace in the valley for me, I pray;
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I'll see;
There'll be peace in the valley for me.

There the flow'rs will be blooming, and the grass will be green;
And the skies will be clear and serene, oh, yes;
Well the sun ever beams, in this valley of dreams;
And no clouds there will ever be seen, oh, yes.

Well, the bear will be gentle, and the wolf will be tame;
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh, yes;
Well the beast from the wild, shall be led by a little child;
And I'll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh, yes.

Copyright 1939 by Thomas A. Dorsey. Posted here is the copyright text assigned by Dorsey in 1951 to Hill and Range Songs, Inc., NY, "International Copyright Secured." "All rights reserved including the right of public performance for profit."

One of many gospel songs purchased or obtained by the Auerbach brothers for Hill and Range. Most of Dorsey's ended up with them.

I cannot find a text by Dorsey with earlier verifiable date on the Internet, only covers; changes might have been made by Dorsey and Hill and Range for the 1951 transfer of copyright.

What is the earliest version sung by Mahalia Jackson? She was the demo singer for Dorsey in 1939, but her recordings came later. The first recordings by her of Dorsey songs seem to be "What Could I Do?" and "If You See My Saviour," 1946.

The lyrics in the DT are by Cash or other, not Dorsey; Red Foley was the first to get a top ten rating with his cover. Many covers changed the 'night is as fair as the day' line.

Text and music copyright by Range and Hill Inc. reproduced in several gospel song books; used here was:
V. B. (Vep) Ellis, asst. John T. Benson, 1960, "Western Melodies, Gospel and Spiritual Songs," John T. Benson Publishing Co., Nashville, Tennessee. Pp. 124-125, with musical score.

Lyrics and knowledge search is out of order; I may be duplicating.