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DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN?


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Subject: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Charcloth
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 09:26 PM

Do any of you fine folks have the lyrics to "Don't you hear Jerusalem Moan" that were recorded by "New Grass Revival" & the Dirt Band on the second "Will the circle be unbroken" recording. The ones in the data base aren't what I am looking for & I had no luck with "Joes Lyrics"

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 09:50 PM

I haven't found the lyrics on the web. It was recorded in 1936 by the Heavenly Gospel Singers in 1936. Now on Document 5452, HGS Complete Works vol. 1. It is on The Nashville Bluegrass Band's "Idle Time" album where it is copyright listed as: "Trad." NBB did a lot of black gospel when Mississippian Mike Compton was in the band. Their quartet style then was superb.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 12:47 AM

Well, this isn't it, either - but I thought I'd post it because it IS an additional version. I'll see what kind of trnanscription I can work up from the "Circle Be Unbroken" CD - great album, isn't it?
-Joe Offer-

DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN

Well I got a home on the other shore
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
I know I’ll live there forever more
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Chorus (after each verse):

Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
Thank God there's a heaven and a ringin' in my soul and my soul's set free
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Now sister Mary, she wears a golden chain
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
And on each link is a-Jesus' name
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Well, old Satan wears a hypocrite's shoes
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
If you don't watch out he's gonna step on you
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Well the Methodist preacher is a mighty fine man
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
He's showin' us the way to the Promised Land
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Well the Baptist preacher is a mighty fine preacher
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
A bible speaker is a natural born teacher
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Copied from www.musicpotential.com


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 01:21 AM

OK, so here's what I got. The recording is hard to understand, but I did the best I could.
Corrections/suggestions/alternate interpretations welcomed.

Gee, the version in the database is a doozy. I suppose it's a parody of an earlier gospel song, and the verses here and above are closer to the original. Any background information or additional versions? Apparently, an early recording was by the Skillet Lickers.

-Joe Offer-


DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN

Well I got a home on the other shore
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
I know I'll live there forever more
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Chorus (after each verse):
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
Thank God there's a heaven and a ringin' in my soul and my soul's set free
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

It's a hard road to walk and a mighty long way,
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
But your feet are gettin flyin when your soul is saved
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

Well, a Baptist preacher knows his Bible
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
He's on a first-name basis with the saints inside.
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan

(as recorded by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2)^^


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Subject: Info: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 01:27 AM

Well, looky here. Maybe the fun-poking version was first:
Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan?
In terms of number of recordings, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers was the most prolific of the Georgia string bands of the 1920s and 30s. They typified the unrestrained Georgia string band style, featuring comedy skits, fiddle breakdowns, and the hillbilly showman personality of Gid Tanner. The band featured Tanner and Clayton McMichen on fiddle, Fate Norris on a barely audible banjo, and Riley Puckett on guitar.
    "Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan" is an old gospel/novelty song which manages to poke fun at several of the major religions. As if the words weren't enough to make this song outrageous, the chorus has a few extra beats added for good measure.

Source: Old Time Songbook, by Wayne Erbsen. Native Ground.
Recording on file by: Sam Bush & Friends.
Online Source: Old Town School of Folk Music.


The song is also in Sing Out! Vol 26, #3 - anybody got that one?
The version in the Digital Tradition is just about the same as what I hear in the Skillet Lickers recording Dale Rose sent me. Thanks, Dale.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 01:38 AM

Here's another version, from www.wynonna.com, who apparently claims to have written the song with ther help of her mother (and a lot of makeup).
No comment, although I guess I have to admit I do like their singing when they sing together.
-Joe Offer-


Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
Words and Music by Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd and Brent Maher

Well, brother, better get right with God
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
While here upon this Earth, do try
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

(Chorus)

Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Glad souls are singin'
And the joy be ringin'
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

Well, get to church and listen to the preacher
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Get right with God and He'll be your teacher
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

(Chorus)

Well, you better get on your knees and pray
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Let Jesus wash your sins away
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
(Chorus)

(Repeat First Verse)

(Chorus)

Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOURN
From: Ship'scat
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 04:02 AM

This version comes from Jonathan Eberhart's "Life's Trolley Ride" on Folk Legacy's C-82. Jonathan attributed it to a 78 recorded in 1928 by Bill Chitwood and his Georgia Mountaineers and found by his long time collaborator Andy Wallace and. Note that this version uses MOURN instead of MOAN. The recording features a mandolin trio by Mike Holmes, Jay Unger and Andy. The last verse is Johnathan's own.

DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOURN

Now the Methodist preacher, you can tell him where he goes.
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Don't never let a chicken get old enough to crow.
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?

Chorus

Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Thank god that the heavens am a-ringin' in my soul, and my soul's set free
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?

Now the Baptist preacher, you can tell him by his coat.
Got a bottle in the pocket that he couldn't hardly tote.

Now the Campellite preacher, so they say,
Well he got to be baptized every other day.

Presbyterian preacher don't never take the blues.
He chews his own tobacco and he drinks his own booze.

Now the hardshell preacher, well, he kneels uptown.
His neck's so stiff can't hardly look around

Now the Holy Roller preacher, well, he sure am a sight
Let me tell you how he get 'em all a-rollin' and he kick out the light.

Unitarian preacher, don't never bend you ear.
But I bet he'd like a tune like this one hear.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 04:28 AM

My favourite version - Jody Stecher's ['Going Up on the Mountain'] - is more or less along the lines of that posted by Ship'scat except he uses 'moan', a couple of the preachers are switched around, the Carmelite preacher 'his soul is saved' and the Unitarian is lost, perhaps because the recording ends prematurely as a result of a stuff-up. Great stuff!

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 04:44 AM

For the record, Campbellite is the old name for members of what is now usually known as the Church of Christ. If I recall correctly, this group does not allow the use of musical instruments in worship, so they sing a cappella. My ex-wife dragged me to a function put on by the Church of Christ, and it's there that I learned "There Is Power in the Blood." For that, I'm very grateful to her.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 05:01 PM

Here's a VERY simplistic explanation of the Campbellite Churches, which they all prefer to call the Restoration Movement, by the way. There are three main church groups which all more or less owe their beginnings to Alexander Campbell. On one hand you have the Churches of Christ (the non instrumental group) and on the other is the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and then you have the Christian Churches AND Churches of Christ which are somewhere in between. The Disciples Churches are usually a bit more formal and have a denominational structure which is entirely missing in the other two. Each of their congregations is fully autonomous, and answers to no real central organization. As to whether the third group calls itself a Christian Church or a Church of Christ is entirely up to the congregation.

So, seeing a sign over the door which says Church of Christ can mean that it is a non instrumental congregation, or perhaps an independent Christian Church by another name. One way you might be able to tell is if that sign includes the message, The Church of Christ Meets Here. That is a clear indicator that it is a non instrumental church.

Seeing the sign Christian Church over the door can mean that it is a Disciples church, or it could be an independent Church of Christ by another name. Am I making myself clear?

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Church of Christ

Christian Churches & Churches of Christ

I think This site tries to make some sense of the whole thing.

Naturally, the Church of Christ and the Christian Churches & Churches of Christ sites are unofficial, given the nature of their church organization. There may be better sites, but those looked promising.

Then there is the Church of Christ, Scientist and The United Church of Church which are not really connected to the others at all, but I won't get into that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 07:24 PM

Joe and Dale, thanks for the info on Campbellite. I was not aware of the term. The version that I am most familiar with is Jody Stecher's and he most definitely sings 'Carmelite'. However, he says he got it from a Seattle mandolinist, Jerry Mitchell, who in turn had it from the Skillet Lickers recording. Listening to the Skillet Lickers, Gid sings 'Campbellite' so either Jody or his mate are as ignorant as I. Indeed, it did strike me that a monk was a little out of place in that company.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan
From: Charcloth
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:35 AM

I thank you one & all for the lyrics. Regarding Campbellites, there is even a group called the "one cup group" where everyone in the congrgation drinks communion out of the same cup. There was several years back, two fractions in Ky. called "standers & sitters" one sect said when you partook of the Lord's supper you had to all be seated & the other faction said you had to all be standing. Be that as it may, But I must say the accapella group really knows how to sing four part harmony.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Mar 12 - 11:40 AM

This song is also featured on a gospel record by The Morris Family called 'The Morris Family sing "Walk on Holy Ground"'. It was recorded in the sixties and credits 'Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan' to an R. Morris. He had a radio show at the time and recorded at least two albums with his sisters (the other one I have is 'The Morris Family sings Chuckwagon Gang Songs'. My boyfriend is a great-nephew of the Morris Family and we just finished recording these albums into mp3 format. In trying to find out more about this particular song I was excited to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had recorded a version. However, to learn that the Judds have taken creative (and monetary) credit for this song makes me a little sick... Thanks for the information regarding the original recordings from the 20s and 30s!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 08 Mar 12 - 01:49 PM

I am surprised that nobody mentioned Cas Wallin's version, which has an additional final verse, about a catholic priest, which Cas told me had been composed by himself, and which referred to a local priest in Sodom Laurel. It's on "Far in the Mountains" Volumes 3 & 4 (Musical Traditions MTCD503-4.


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Subject: Origins: Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Dec 14 - 03:30 AM

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index Entry for this song:

Don't You Hear Jerusalem Mourn?

DESCRIPTION: Describes the foibles of various denominations of preachers; a Baptist has a bottle in his pocket, etc. Chorus: "Don't you hear Jerusalem Mourn?...Thank God for the heaven bells a-ringin' and my soul starts singin'"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (recording, Bill Chitwood & Bud Landress)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Describes the foibles of various denominations of preachers; a Baptist has a bottle in his pocket, a Hardshell "never chews his own tobacco nor drinks his own booze," a Presbyterian is stiff-necked, a Holy Roller "gets them all a-rolling then he kicks the lights out." Chorus: "Don't you hear Jerusalem Mourn?...Thank God for the heaven bells a-ringin' and my soul starts singin'"
KEYWORDS: sex drink humorous nonballad clergy
FOUND IN:
REFERENCES (1 citation):
DT, JERUSLEM*
Roud #4945
RECORDINGS:
Warren Caplinger, "Jerusalem Mourn" (Vocalion 5240, 1928)
Bill Chitwood & Bud Landress, "Jerusalem Mourn" (Brunswick 2809, 1925)
Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, "Can't You Hear Jerusalem Moan" (Columbia 15104-D, 1926)

ALTERNATE TITLES:
Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan?
NOTES: This seems to be a distant parody of a spiritual, "Jerusalem Mourning", recorded in 1910. I suspect a minstrel origin. - PJS
File: RcDYHJM

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The Ballad Index Copyright 2014 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


And here's the Digital Tradition version of the song:
DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOAN?

There's a Meth'dist preacher, you can tell him by his bow---
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Never grubbles at a chicken, just picks out the co'
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

cho: Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
Get to Heaven with a ringin' and my soul starts singin'
Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

There's a Baptis' preacher, you can tell him by his walk
Got a bottle in his pocket an' he can't hardly talk.

There's a Hardshell preacher, you can tell 'im by his shoes,
Never chaws his own terbaccer er drinks his own booze.

There's a Campbellite preacher, an' his soul is saved,
But he has to get baptised ever' other day.

There's a Holy Roller preacher, he can show you how to shout,
When he gits them all a-rollin' they kick the lights out.

There's a Presbyt'ian preacher, an' he lives in town,
His neck's so stiff he cain't hardly look around.

@religion
filename[ JERUSLEM
TUNE FILE: JERUSLEM
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