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Thread #4394   Message #3466289
Posted By: Joe Offer
15-Jan-13 - 02:28 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: When Jesus Came into the Bar Room
Subject: ADD: Jesus Appeared in a Barroom (George Davis)
A few Websites gave the title of the Porter Wagoner recording as "God's Wonderful Way," but I couldn't find the Wagoner recording. George Davic called it "Jesus Appeared in a Barroom." You can find his Smithsonian Folkways recording on Spotify. Here are the lyrics from the Folkways recording. The album doesn't clearly identify Davis as the songwriter, but the Harry Fox Agency clearly identifies the song as written by George Davis. HOWEVER, harry Fox Agency lists a song titled "God's Wonderful Way," written by "Richards, Austine" and recorded by Porter Wagoner.

(George Davis)

One Saturday night, in a barroom,
A gospel singer walked in,
And bravely she read from her Bible,
And begged them to turn from their sin.

"Oh come unto Jesus, " she pleaded,
"He'll be your staff and your rod."
When one of the drinkers said to her,
"I don't believe in your God.

I don't rightfully know how you prove them,
The pack of lies that you said,
If there be a God up in heaven
I dare him to strike me down dead."

Oh the silence that followed was awful,
The others stood there in fear,
But the drunkard he laughed and continued,
"Why doesn't your Jesus appear?"

Then one of the others who stood there
Said, "That's enough of that now.
What leads you to think that Lord Jesus
Would bother with you anyhow?

You're only a bum and a drunkard,
And nothin' that you could say
Could reach up to God in his heaven
And make him go out of his way."

And then came the voice of a stranger
Who stood outside at the door,
A stranger who simply was passing
For no one had seen him before.

He raised his right hand above them,
His face lit up as he smiled,
"Our Lord marks the fall of a sparrow,
And every man is his child.

There's none so great or so lowly
That God's sweet mercy denies,
And even the ones who denounce him
Will never be lost in his eyes."

He raised his right hand above him,
And smiled upon everyone,
And the last words he spoke were like music.
I know because I am his son.

And each who were there will remember
The words to the very last day,
When Jesus appeared in a barroom
And told of God's wonderful way.