Jesus Says Go
DESCRIPTION: Singer is told that if he wants to be converted he should pray. He does, until his heart melts, then "my hands was tied, my feet was bound...." Cho: "Jesus says go -- I'll go with you/Preach the gospel and I'll preach with you...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recorded by Mississippi Jubliee Singers)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer is told that if he wants to be converted he should pray. He does, until his heart melts, then "my hands was tied, my feet was bound/The elements opened and the Lord come down/The voice I heard sounds so sweet/The love run out at the sole of my feet" Cho: "Jesus says go -- I'll go with you/Preach the gospel and I'll preach with you/Lord if I go, tell me what to say/For they won't believe on me"
KEYWORDS: ordeal religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Dillard Chandler, "Jesus Says Go" (on Chandler01, DarkHoll)
Heavenly Gospel Singers, "You Go and I'll Go With You" (on Bluebird B-6928, 1937)
George Herod, "Lord, When I Was a Sinner" (on MuSouth07)
Mississippi Jubliee Singers, "Jesus Said If You Go I'll Go" (on Paramount 12495, 1927)
Sparkling Four Quartette, "They Won't Believe in Me" (on OKeh 8741, 1929)
Cas Wallin, "The Preacher's Song" (on FarMtns3)
NOTES [89 words]: Cas Wallin said that this song was often sung by members of Holiness churches. Mary Sands, one of Cecil Sharp's most valuable ballad sources (and an ancestor of Wallin), claimed to have written it; the fact that it was also collected in 1954 from George Herod, an African-American from near Scott Station, Alabama, and recorded in 1927 by the Mississippi Jubilee Singers, makes this unlikely although not impossible. - PJS
One suspects that this is another instance of the informant saying "written" when we would say "written out." - RBW
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