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Good Night, The Lord's Coming

wysiwyg 14 Jul 10 - 06:01 PM
wysiwyg 14 Jul 10 - 06:35 PM
open mike 15 Jul 10 - 02:52 AM
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Subject: Good Night, The Lord's Coming
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 06:01 PM

This YouTube video reflects the power of a gospel song I think probably started as a spiritual. If it did, it's survived a long time!

I know the first time I heard it, it was a very early black gospel quartet doing it. As I heard it then, it was the same style you can hear at the LOC's recordings of songs the singers said then that they had learned as spirituals from slave forebears.

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=I0K56fu5IR0&feature=related

The words are a tad murky. Amazon also has a black gospel MP3 of the song.

Anyone wanna take a shot?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Good Night, The Lord's Coming
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 06:35 PM

The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers did a version: http://www.tescoentertainment.com/store/mp3/the-pilgrim-jubilee-singers--goodnight-the-lords-coming/2%3A5427109/
Spirituals were sometimes kn own as "jubilees.)

Another video version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZqw_Zhu8zE

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The verse order varies by version.... Here's one version of lyrics I found, corrected for the call/response pattern I heard:

1. Well, goodnight, the Lord's coming
Goodnight, the Lord's coming
Goodnight, the Lord's coming
Refrain: Knocking at the door, (the) door flew open
And the love come(s) streaming down down
Down, Lord, down


2. Well, they robed him in a-white linen

3. Well, Joseph bared (beared?) (bathed?) (begged!) his body

4. Well, they found him in a-Gethsemane

5. Well they buried him in (a-God's/that city???) (not in a gas station, LOL!)

To follow Scripture, the verse order would be: they FOUND him, Joseph of Arimathea BEGGED (for) him (his corpse), ROBED him (in the shroud), BURIED him, and then more verses would probably have followed about the Resurrection. The "door" of course would be the stone an angel rolled away. (The love that streamed out WAS the resurrection.)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Good Night, The Lord's Coming
From: open mike
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 02:52 AM

I don't know the song, but a place where I often play has a bumper sticker on the wall that says "Jesus is coming, look busy."


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