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Lyr Req: I Don't Want to Get Adjusted (Weavers)

ferren@eti.bio.uva.nl 20 Jan 97 - 11:19 AM
Ralph Butts 20 Jan 97 - 02:49 PM
dick greenhaus 21 Jan 97 - 01:23 AM
Ralph Butts 08 Feb 97 - 03:17 PM
Ferren 10 Feb 97 - 06:54 AM
Jim Dixon 24 May 11 - 12:36 PM
keberoxu 16 Sep 18 - 02:19 PM
keberoxu 16 Sep 18 - 02:51 PM
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Subject: Get Adjusted
From: ferren@eti.bio.uva.nl
Date: 20 Jan 97 - 11:19 AM

Woodie Guthrie wrote "I don't want your millions, mister"; but there's a line which seems to go to the same tune: "I don't want to get adjusted", which was an early and rational plaint about the silliness of accepting a sick society. Anybody know more about the song with that line?

--Ferren Ferren MacIntyre = ferren@eti.bio.uva.nl Fax: 31-20-525-7238 Voice: ...525-7175 Expert-center for Taxonomic Identification PB 94766, NL-1090GT Amsterdam, Holland


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Subject: RE: Get Adjusted
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 20 Jan 97 - 02:49 PM

The Weavers dit it. I'll send the little man down to the catacombs to see if he can find it.

...Tiger


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Subject: RE: Get Adjusted
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 21 Jan 97 - 01:23 AM

Hi-

I don't want to get adjusted To this world, to this world I've got a home that's so much better I'm gonna go to, sooner or later I don't want to be adjusted to this world.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I DON'T WANT TO GET ADJUSTED TO THIS WORL
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 08 Feb 97 - 03:17 PM

I found this on a Weavers album from the 50's, "The Weavers on Tour". In introducing the song, Lee Hays says it was from an old hymn, but he may have had tongue in cheek.

....Tiger

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I DON'T WANT TO GET ADJUSTED TO THIS WORLD Weavers

In this world we have our troubles,
Sometimes lonesome, sometimes blue,
But the hope of life eternal,
Brightens all our hopes anew.

CHORUS (2x)
I don't want (I don't want) to get adjusted (to get adjusted)
To this word (to this world), to this world (to this world).
I've got a home that's so much better,
I want to go to, sooner or later.
I don't want to get adjusted to this world.


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Subject: RE: Get Adjusted
From: Ferren
Date: 10 Feb 97 - 06:54 AM

Many thanks. Woody would've been a Weaver if he could've. My copy of the album is long gone, and I haven't seen the Weavers on pirate CD yet, altho most everything else shows up in the Amsterdam stores sooner or later. I'll keep my eyes open.

--Ferren


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Don't Want to Get Adjusted (Weavers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 May 11 - 12:36 PM

Iris DeMent sings I DON'T WANT TO GET ADJUSTED TO THIS WORLD on her album "Lifeline" (2004). At Allmusic.com, it is credited to Sanford J. Massengale, who really did write hymns. So it's apparently not meant to be a parody or spoof.

When the Weavers recorded it, they called it I DON'T WANT TO GET ADJUSTED.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Don't Want to Get Adjusted (Weavers)
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 02:19 PM

At the moment, the search engine is more bust than boom.
I did succeed in pulling up this thread,
only by doing the thread-title search feature.
When I tried searching within Mudcat,
even for the name of the Author/Composer I have in mind,
the search just crashed. Bummer. Anyway:

This is from hymnary.org, under the Author/Composer's name.

Sanford Jesse Massengale went to Stamps Music School when it was in Dallas, Texas.
In 1929, he graduated.
He wrote a total of 1800 church songs.
Massengale died in 1992
and is buried in Wetumka, Oklahoma.

Hymnary dot org does not list I Don't Want To Get Adjusted / To This World Below.
These three titles, however, are listed under
TUNES / COMPOSER
Christ said, He has come not the law to destroy

Just a touch of His hand / To my soul feels so grand

Some of these days, it won't be long, / I'll be singing a glad new song

According to myheritage dot com, Massengale's birth year is 1904.
He spent part of his early years in Tahlequah, Oklahoma;
and though HIS birthplace is not given,
his father, William Thomas M., was born in Dogpatch, Newton, Arkansas.   
Will report further as I locate more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Don't Want to Get Adjusted (Weavers)
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Sep 18 - 02:51 PM

There have got to be hymn-sheets or hymn-books out there
online, with this text. Can't find 'em. (not all that good at it)

However,
others online print out lyrics without credits.
And searching on the text, up came these two verses.
The next verse is sung by Iris DeMent;
the verse after that, by Randy Swift.


Lord, I'm growing old and weary   (sometimes, "tired and weary")
There's no place that feels like home
Saviour, come, my soul to ferry   (sometimes, "Jesus, come")
Where I never more shall roam


I am longing for the coming
Of my Saviour, Lord, and King
Seems I hear my loved ones singing
A brand new song I'd like to sing



This song has also been covered by The Mountain Goats,
and on the 2012 "Pure and Simple" album by the Gaither Vocal Band.

And here is a video of what looks like a television variety-show performance
of two verses of this hymn,
featuring Happy and Vestal Goodman.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Don't Want to Get Adjusted (Weavers)
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Sep 18 - 07:10 PM

If this link works, it will take you to the track of the live performance.
I Honestly can't remember which album this is:
it could be The Weavers On Tour
or it could be
The Weavers at Carnegie Hall.

"I Don't Want to Get Adjusted" (live)


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