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Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)

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KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE PLOW


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(origins) Origins: Gospel Plough/Eyes on the Prize (7)
(origins) Lyr Req/Add: Eyes on the Prize / Hand on the Plow (34) (closed)


mississippi john 18 May 07 - 02:18 PM
oombanjo 18 May 07 - 02:24 PM
GUEST,Russ 18 May 07 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,Dan'l 25 Jan 13 - 09:22 PM
GUEST,999 25 Jan 13 - 10:14 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 26 Jan 13 - 03:15 AM
BanjoRay 26 Jan 13 - 07:17 AM
Brian Peters 19 Mar 13 - 03:09 PM
BanjoRay 19 Mar 13 - 08:27 PM
stevewise 06 Oct 15 - 06:39 AM
GUEST,gillymor 06 Oct 15 - 07:07 AM
Brian Peters 09 Oct 17 - 12:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Dwight Diller
From: mississippi john
Date: 18 May 07 - 02:18 PM

hi folks,

can any one help me out with the lyrics to Dwight Diller's song

put your hand to the plow

thanks in anticipation

m/j


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dwight Diller
From: oombanjo
Date: 18 May 07 - 02:24 PM

you on the net


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dwight Diller
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 18 May 07 - 03:15 PM

Dwight calls it "Gospel Plow" but it is in the DT as "KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE PLOW" The words in DT are not exactly Dwight's but close enough.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: GUEST,Dan'l
Date: 25 Jan 13 - 09:22 PM

The words in DT aren't close enough to suit me. I have been listening to the song and can't quite make out all the words. I like the way Dwight does it. Hope someone will be able to print his exact words. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 25 Jan 13 - 10:14 PM

Try

Put Your Hand to the Plough


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 03:15 AM

I've heard it said, that "The Gospel Plough" found it's way into the bluegrass repetoire via Bob Dylan's recording of the song.
Could that be right?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 07:17 AM

Try this for size:

Put Your Hand To The Plow (Dwight Diller version)

Went to church the other day
For to hear them sing and pray

Chorus
Put your hand to the plow and hold right on
Hold on, hold on
Put your hand to the plow and hold right on

preacher said we had to repent
So right down the aisle I went

Chorus

never been to heaven but I've been told
Its a first class city and its features (future's?)gold

Chorus

Next to Peter all nice and neat
He wouldn't let the saviour to wash his feet

Chorus

Peter got exercise in shales ?
My feet my hands and nails ?

Chorus

Paul and Silas bound in jail
had no one to go their bail

Chorus

Paul and Silas began to shout
You must know when all they walked out

Chorus

Got my hand on the gospel plow
Wouldnt pack a-nothing for my journey now

Still a couple of dubious bits, but nearly there
Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: Brian Peters
Date: 19 Mar 13 - 03:09 PM

Ray, if you're still reading...

The version collected by collected by John and Alan Lomax from Elihu Trusty in 1937 is in the DT, and includes the verse:

"Peter got anxious and he said,
Wash my feet my hands and head"

I think that's your mystery verse 5 (Dwight's accent is little difficult for us Limeys to follow).

As for:

"Never been to heaven but I've been told
Its a first class city and its features (future's?)gold"

I've always heard that as 'the streets is gold', which fits in with the version Cecil Sharp collected from schoolchildren in Oneida Institute, Clay Co., KY. They sang:

"Haint been to Heaven, but I've been told
That the streets are pearl and the gates are gold"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 19 Mar 13 - 08:27 PM

Thanks Brian - that makes a lot of sense, and now you've said it I can hear it.

Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: stevewise
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 06:39 AM

In case anyone is still interested in this - based on ray's version and brian's suggestions, this is what I think dwight is singing

Went to church the other day,
For to hear them sing and pray
Put your hand to the plow and hold right on

Hold on, hold on
Put your hand to the plow and hold right on

Preacher said we had to repent,
So right down the aisle I went

Never been to heaven but I've been told
It's a first class city and its features gold

Paul and Silas bound in jail
Had no one to go their bail

Paul and Silas began to shout
The jail bust open and they walked out

There stood Peter all nice and neat
Wouldn't let the saviour wash his feet

Peter got anxious and he said,
Wash my feet my hands and head

Got my hand on the gospel plow
Wouldnt pack a-nothing for my journey now


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 06 Oct 15 - 07:07 AM

Here's a version from Chance McCoy which sounds like it's based somewhat on Diller's. Adam Hurt on banjo. Great song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gospel Plow (Dwight Diller)
From: Brian Peters
Date: 09 Oct 17 - 12:31 PM

I was just reminding myself of these lyrics, and found there's a more recent recording of Dwight Diller singing this song, with the vocal easier to hear than on his earlier CD, on Bandcamp:

Dwight Diller: Put Your Hand to the Plow

In this take he sings the following lines:

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
All them apostles are dead and gone...

Chance McCoy also sings this verse. I still love the way Dwight does it, though.


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