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Lyr Req: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay

GUEST,Roger in Baltimore 14 Sep 13 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,Gabe 14 Sep 13 - 12:06 PM
GUEST,gabe 14 Sep 13 - 12:08 PM
GUEST,Roger in Baltimore 18 Sep 13 - 04:30 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Sep 13 - 08:02 PM
open mike 19 Sep 13 - 03:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait 'Til I'm under the clay
From: GUEST,Roger in Baltimore
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 10:46 AM

I'm looking for the lyrics for the above song. I am unsure of the title, but the opening lyrics of the chorus are:

Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay.
Let your blessings be given today.

I do not have the name of the performers. It sounds like some old-time country music (from before country music was invented) with at least two singers, a guitar, and a tenor banjo.

The theme is to give me the things you might bring to my funeral (words, flowers, etc.), but give them to me before I die, so I can truly appreciate your kind thoughts, etc.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: DO NOT WAIT TILL I'M LAID 'NEATH THE CLAY
From: GUEST,Gabe
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 12:06 PM

DO NOT WAIT 'TILL I'M LAID 'NEATH THE CLAY - Alfred Karnes
C position, standard tuning


CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any flowers on my grave to bestore [sic]
I would gladly receive them today
You may scatter them now while I can cherish them so
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any words that would comfort and cheer
Any words that would brighten my way
You may speak them today while I am anxious to hear
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any smiles that you freely would give
As an emblem of love's brightest ray
You should give them today while I am tarrying here
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait 'Til I'm under the clay
From: GUEST,gabe
Date: 14 Sep 13 - 12:08 PM

And another.............

Reflections From a Cemetery Walk
I am reflecting this morning on yesterday's walk in the cemetery. I took note of three mounds of fresh dirt (or I should soil. The agronomist in me will not allow me to call it dirt). Each mound represents a life spent. Mixed in with the mounds of soil are mounds of grief. The mounds of grief will linger. But the mounds of soil will not last long. The rains will come, the soil will settle, and the caretaker will come with his rake and level the ground. Grass will grow. I am hoping that everyone associated with the persons buried beneath the mounds of soil are at peace with that person's passing. I am reminded of an old song written by grandfather Morgan Williams:

If you have any flowers on my grave to bestow
I would gladly receive them today
you may scatter them now while I can cherish them so
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay.

If you have any words that would comfort and cheer
any words that would brighten my way
you may speak them today while I am anxious to hear
do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay.

If you have any smiles that you freely would give
As an emblem of love's brightest ray
You should give them today while I am tarrying here
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay.

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait 'Til I'm under the clay
From: GUEST,Roger in Baltimore
Date: 18 Sep 13 - 04:30 PM

Gabe! Thank you so much for your prompt reply to my request. I do not get on the Mudcat near as much as I used to. However, this experience of asking and being answered is what brought me to this site over 20 years ago. I do miss it so.

As I am trying to learn this song, it sounds so much like something the Carter Family would have sung.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait 'Til I'm under the clay
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Sep 13 - 08:02 PM

Here's Alfred singing it on YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNYy2-XO5U


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay
From: open mike
Date: 19 Sep 13 - 03:54 AM

BLICKIE
THIS sounds very similar to a song that the Carter family did called Give Me the Roses (While I live)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 12:20 AM

See the thread Lyr Add: Give Me the Roses While I Live.

It contains several different songs and poems built around the same idea.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 06:43 PM

Do Not Wait 'Til I'm Laid Beneath the Clay
Do Not Wait 'Til I'm Laid Beneath the Clay - Alfred Karnes
C position, standard tuning


CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any flowers on my grave to bestore [sic]
I would gladly receive them today
You may scatter them now while I can cherish them so
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any words that would comfort and cheer
Any words that would brighten my way
You may speak them today while I am anxious to hear
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

If you have any smiles that you freely would give
As an emblem of love's brightest ray
You should give them today while I am tarrying here
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay

CHORUS: Do not wait 'til I'm under the clay
Let your blessings be given today
Let your kindness be shown ere my spirit has flown
Do not wait 'til I'm laid 'neath the clay


That is from

http://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Do_Not_Wait_'Til_I'm_Laid_Beneath_the_Clay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Do Not Wait Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 09:07 PM

What goes around, comes back around, I guess.


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