I'll Have a New Life (In That Resurrection Morning)
DESCRIPTION: "(On/In) the resurrection morning, When the dead and Christ shall rise, I'll have a new body...." The singer gives thanks for a new home, a new life, and a body "raised in power, Ready to live in paradise."
EARLIEST DATE: 1957 (collected by Shellans-FolkSongsOfTheBlueRidgeMountains from Ruby Vass)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Shellans-FolkSongsOfTheBlueRidgeMountains, pp. 91-92, "I'll Have a New Life" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [128 words]: Roud lumps this with "We Shall Rise, Hallelujah," but while there may be some shared lyrics, I really don't think they're the same song.
The phrase "sown in weakness, raised in power" is from 1 Corinthians 15:43, which is sort of a hymn by Paul to the resurrection body.
The origin of this raises interesting questions. This really sounds to me like church hymn -- and, indeed, I have a Baptist hymnal, Soul-Stirring ongs and Hymns, which has a piece entitled "Hallelujah, We Shall Rise" and beginning "In the resurrection morning, When the trump of Go shall sound, We shall rise...." The tunes look fairly similar; the lyrics less so. I woner if this might not be another case of someone in the Vass family (probably John Daniel Vass) remaking an existing song. - RBW
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