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Thread #24482 Message #280024
Posted By: IvanB
17-Aug-00 - 11:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Twelve Gates to the City
Subject: RE: 12 Gates to the City/Wade in the Water
Mary, my copy of the song (in the Joan Baez Songbook) has words of the same import, but arranged to better fit the tune (I think). I suppose, if someone actually transcribed the words from a recording by the Rev. Gary Davis,that he might have done it that way, but I don't think those lyrics would fit the tune I know. Finding a definitive version of a spiritual can be difficult just because there WAS so much borrowing back and forth.