I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Alway
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "I'm so glad trouble don't last always (x3), O my Lord, O my Lord, What shall I do?" Verses: "Christ told the blind man to go to the pool and bathe." "Christ told Nicodemus he must be born again."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: Bible nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, p. 235, "I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Alway" (1 text) (1 tune)
NOTES [128 words]: Biblical references are King James John 9:1-7 ("And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth... And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam ... He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.") and John 3:1-3 ("There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.... Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."). - BS
(To be sure, what Jesus actually told Nicodemus was that he had to be "born from above," and the King James Bible mistranslated it, but the songwriter wouldn't know that. There are other accounts in the Synoptic Gospels of Jesus giving the blind their sight, but none involve the blind man going to the pool. - RBW)
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