DESCRIPTION: Story of Jesus' crucifixion told from the point of view of one of his grieving followers. Jesus carries his cross to Calvary, where he is crucified, suffers, and dies without complaint. There is darkness over the earth, but Jesus is resurrected.
AUTHOR: Words: Beverly F. Carradine (1848-1931), Music (of the Boggs version): Unknown, possibly Dock Boggs (source: Stephen Griffith)
EARLIEST DATE: 1895 (lyrics copyrighted); 1968 (recording, Dock Boggs)
KEYWORDS: grief execution punishment resurrection death dying Easter ordeal Bible religious supernatural clergy Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Dock Boggs, "Calvary" (on Boggs3, BoggsCD1)
cf. "Saw You My Savior?" (plot)
NOTES [68 words]: This should not be confused with the Sacred Harp hymn of the same name. - PJS
Based on Paul's description, it would appear that this song generally follows the passion account of John rather than the other three gospels -- e.g. Jesus carries his own cross (John 19:17; compare Mark 15:21, etc., where Simon of Cyrene carries the cross) and makes no complaint (compare John 19:25-30 to, e.g., Mark 15:34). - RBW
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