Run to Jesus

DESCRIPTION: "Run to Jesus, shun the danger, I don't expect to stay much longer." The singer describes the difficulties of the path he must follow, but also the rewards to be found at the end. The refrain "I don't expect to stay much longer" ends each verse
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1888 (J. B. T. March, "The Story of the Jubilee Singers")
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad travel
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Dett, p. 15, "Run to Jesus" (1 text) (1 tune)
Greenway-AFP, pp. 89-90, "Run to Jesus" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #15263
NOTES: Reportedly sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who had it from Frederick Douglass. Douglass remarked that this song prompted him to consider running from slavery. - RBW
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File: Grnw089

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