I Don't Know What I'd Do Without the Lord
DESCRIPTION: The singer says even prayerful activities can't be done without the Lord's support. When the way is dim the Savior will make the path light. See notes for other examples.
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (recording, Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers, "I Don't Know What I'd Do Without the Lord" (Decca 7685, 1939)
Johnny Brown, "I Don't Know What I'd Do without the Lord" (on USFlorida01)
Testerina Primitive Baptist Church, "I Don't Know What I'd Do Without the Lord" (on USFlorida01)
NOTES [145 words]: For notes on the origin of the Primitive Baptist Church see "Did Christ o'er Sinners Weep?"
The verse format is [first line] (x2), [second line],"I don't know what I'd do without the Lord," where [second line] approximates an internal rhyme. So, Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers sing "I don't know what I'd do without the Lord, I don't know what I'd do without the Lord, On our knees as we're alone just trying to make heaven my home, I don't know what I'd do without my Lord." The Testerina Primitive Baptist Church makes [second line] "Well singing and praying every day trying to walk this narrow way" and has [first line] lined out as one of the following: "I don't know just what I'd do without the Lord" "I can't even (humble down / bow down / sing a song / testify / say my prayers) without the Lord" Johnny Brown makes the last line the same as [first line]. - BS
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