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Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time

Dicho (Frank Staplin) 18 Nov 01 - 10:30 PM
masato sakurai 19 Nov 01 - 05:45 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 19 Nov 01 - 08:08 AM
masato sakurai 19 Nov 01 - 08:51 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 19 Nov 01 - 08:40 PM
masato sakurai 19 Nov 01 - 08:52 PM
wysiwyg 19 Nov 01 - 09:41 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 19 Nov 01 - 09:42 PM
Azizi 03 Feb 07 - 10:45 PM
GUEST,jessica 29 Jul 11 - 03:09 PM
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Subject: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 10:30 PM

I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time

I'm so glad I got my 'ligion in time, (3 times)
O my Lord, O my Lord, what shall I do to be saved?

Soon one mornin', death come creepin' in the room, etc.

Death done been here, took my mother and gone, etc.

Death* been here, left me a motherless child, etc.

I'm so glad I come when I was called, etc.

Dock Reed, Livingston, AL. *Death drawn out in this verse.
John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip. Click on Links at top of page and go to Lomax Collection for notes and sound.
@religion @spiritual @gospel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 05:45 AM

I'M SO GLAD I GOT MY RELIGION ON TIME

1. Soon one mornin' death come creepin' in de room (3x)
Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, whut shall I do to be saved.

2. Death done been here, took my mother en gone, etc.

3. Death done been here, lef' me er motherless chile, etc.

4. I heard a voice I never heard before, etc.

5. Called lac Jesus, never heard de voice before, etc.

6. Gwine lay my head, my head on Jesus' breast, etc.

7. Gwine breathe my life, my life out sweetly dere, etc.

8. Ain't gonna die, jes' gonna sleep away, etc.

9. Angel, angel, cleanin' up de chariot wheel, etc.

10. I'm so glad I got my religion on time, etc.

SOURCE: Olivia and Jack Solomon, Honey in the Rock: The Ruby Pickens Tartt Collection of Religious Folk Songs from Sumter County, Alabama (Mercer UP, 1991, p. 97-98; with no tune), with notes:
"'I'm so glad ...' is exquisitely molded from two other spirituals into a new unity, with an astonishing purity of text, diction, rhythm, and stanzaic structure. Stanzas 1, 2, and 3 have their origins in 'Death come to my house,' especially the personification of death as a thief and murderer who invades the sanctity of home and family and carries away the mother, the source of earthly joy and comfort. Stanzas 4 and 5 descend from the famous 'Somebody knocking at your door'; the shift in imagery from the thief to the voice of Jesus is dramatic and coherent. In stanzas 6, 7, and 8 the traditional metaphor of death as sleep 'on Jesus' breast' has become a beautiful folk Pietà. Stanzas 9 and 10 have migrated from certain 'religion' songs, and though they do not possess the musical and poetic qualities of the other stanzas, they conclude the interior drama with joy. In the choral tag the allusion to the story of the rich young ruler (Matthew 19, Mark 10, Luke 18) locates physical death within the theological context of salvation: the eternal life the rich ruler seeks is lost when he refuses Christ's injunction to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor."(p. 97)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 08:08 AM

Man, there are a lot of versions of this song. The one I love most is from the Bahamas. I have it on tape, with just the identification "Bahama Trio. There's a very similar version on The Real Bahamas. I'll try to find the time to transcribe it today. I'm still having trouble figuring out how to break the lines up right.. Brother Joe e-mailed me to tell me about the break symbol, but when I try to type lines to show a call and response from the lead singer and the harmonies, it all gets mushed together. But, it's a great version...

Jerry

(Masato probably already has the Real Bahamas version transcribed and just needs to pull it out of his 28 foot (meters?) stack of lyric sheets..)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 08:51 AM

I have The Real Bahamas, 2 vols. (Nonesuch), but "I'm So Glad" on vol. 1 is a different song. Is there another Real Bahamas CD?
~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 08:40 PM

O.K., Masato: You're right, eleven times over. I too have the Real Bahamas two cd re-issue, and while the title is the same, the recording has no resemblance to the tape that I have. I dug it out today to listen to it, and now I see why I never transcribed the lyrics. To go back a step. Back in the 60's, my friend Howard Glasser sent me some reel to reel tapes of all sorts of odds and ends that he'd taped off the radio... comedy bits, songs, interviews, etc. Impossible to categorize. Take Your Burden To The Lord Was On there. I remembered it as I'm So Glad I got My Religion On Time, because that's how the song starts out, and ends. In the middle the trio starts out singing:

"Leave it there, leave it there
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there
If you trust and believe, he will surely do? you right
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there

After they sing that through a couple of times, the lead singer starts improvising telling about the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The two other singers sing the first two lines of the chorus, and then THEY start to improvise their own lines. It's quite a remarkable recording. Especially when you consider that it was taped off the radio (from what I remember), then copied onto another reel to reel tape which I got, and when it started deteriorating, I copied it on to a cassette, which is now probably at least 25 years old. The song has somewhat the feel of I Bid You Goodnight in structure, but is far looser and improvised. At this point, it's beyond transcribing. Even if I could transcribe it, it would be like doing the Mona Lisa in crayons.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 08:52 PM

That's a Tindley hymn Leave It There.
~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 09:41 PM

Yep, it's on the Dock Boggs CD, we did it last week in church white-speerchul-style, and people loved it.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 09:42 PM

Thanks, Masato... I really appreciate it. Other than the chorus, though, there's no similarity between the two songs. The human mind is endlessly fertile..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Oh What You Goin' To Do?
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:45 PM

O WHAT YOU GOIN'TO DO?

Oh what you goin' to do,
When death comes steal-in in your room?
Oh what you goin' to do
When death comes steal-in in your room?
Oh what you goin' to do
When death comes steal-in in your room?
O my Lord, O my Lord,
What shall I do?

I'm goin' to lay my head, *
My head on Jesus' breast.
I'm goin' to lay my head,
My head on Jesus' breast.
I'm goin' to lay my head,
My head on Jesus' breast.
O my Lord, O my Lord,
What shall I do?

I'm goin' to breathe
My life out sweetly there,
I'm goin' to breathe
My life out sweetly there
I'm goin' to breathe
My life out sweetly there
O my Lord, O my Lord,
What shall I do?

I'm so glad,
My soul's got a hidin' place,
I'm so glad,
My soul's got a hidin'place,
I'm so glad,
My soul's got a hidin'place,
O my Lord, O my Lord,
What shall I do?

-snip-

Here's Maud Cuney-Hare's introductory comments about this song:
"When searching for Creole folk songs in Louisiana, the author heard the burial song "Pilgirm's Death" sung by an old woman in New Iberia. The author again came across the melody in West Texas. Some time later, while roaming the country-side of Americus, Georgia, folk song gathering, the author secured a similar song form a washer woman, heard singing over her tubs in her back yard. after some persuasion, she repeated her hymn."

-snip-
* in the line "I'm goin' to lay my head" the words "lay" and "head" were written in italics {to show they were emphasized?}

After providing these lyrics, Cuney Hare continues her writing about this song:
"There were seven verses to the song. As sung in Texas, the added lines were

"We are, we are, **
The true born sons of Levi.

"We are, we are **
The root and branch of-er David.
shining bright-er ***
Than any-er mornin-star.

-snip-

** the word "are" is written in italics both places in this line.

*** "er" is written in italics in this line only.











{African American spiritual, from Americus Georgia, in Maud Cuney-Hare's "Negro Musicians And Their Music" {Washington, D.C., The Associated Publishers Inc., 1936; pps 73-74}


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm So Glad I Got My 'Ligion In Time
From: GUEST,jessica
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 03:09 PM

i love this song so does my mom i singing it right now thanks for making this song my mom is a big fan we have all your songs my favorit song is im so glad trouble don't last always...




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