I Am Standing in the Shoes of John
DESCRIPTION: "I am standing in the shoes of John (x2), I am standing, I am standing, I am standing in the shoes of John." "If they fit me, I will wear them on...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad clothes
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownIII 589, "I Am Standing in the Shoes of John" (1 short text)
BrownSchinhanV 589, "I Am Standing in the Shoes of John" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
NOTES: There is, of course, no Biblical reason to think that there was anything special about the shoes of either John the Baptist (who said he wasn't even worthy to untie Jesus's shoes) or John the Apostle. The reference is probably to the John of the Apocalypse anyway.
For what it's worth, the word rendered "shoe" in the King James Bible is typically rendered "sandal" in the newer translations, which presumably makes it easier to fit them. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.