Sinner You Better Get Ready
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Sinner you better get ready" (3x). "The hour is coming that a sinner must die" Verse (see notes: "The good old chariot passing by, Jarred the earth and shook the sky" "I looked at my hands, my hands was new, I looked at my feet, my feet was too."
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious death floatingverses
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Barton, p. 26, "Sinner You Better Get Ready" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dett, pp. 16-17, "Oh, Sinner, You'd Better Get Ready" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 208-209 in the 1874 edition)
Monroe Brothers, "Sinner You Better Get Ready" (1937, Bluebird B 7326-B, 1975, "Monroe Brothers - Feast Here Tonight," RCA LP AXM2-5510, 2003, "Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys 1937-1949," JSP Records CD JSP7712B)
NOTES [58 words]: The description is based on the Barton text. For the verse, every line is followed by "For the hour is coming that a sinner must die."
Barton verses include the floating verse "The tallest tree in Paradise, The Christian calls it the tree of life." Monroe Brothers include "God gave Noah the rainbow sign, Won't be the water but fire next time." - BS
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