Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Son House Performs "Preachin' Blues"


A stocking stuffer introduced me to the one-time Rochester resident's hilariously irreverent song:
    Yes, I'm gonna get me religion
    I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
    Yes, I'm gonna get me religion
    I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
    You know I wanna be a Baptist preacher
    Just so I won't have to work

    One deacon jumped up and he began to grin
    One deacon jumped up and he began to grin
    You know he said, "One thing, elder I believe
    I'll go back to barrelhousin' again"

    One sister jumped up and she began to shout
    One sister jumped up and she began to shout
    "You know I'm glad this corn liquor's goin' out"

    Another deacon jumped up and said, "Why don't ya hush?"
    Another deacon jumped up and said, "Why don't ya hush?
    You know you drink corn liquor and your lie's a horrible stink"

    One sister jumped up and she began to shout
    One sister jumped up and she began to shout
    "I believe I can tell y'all what it's all about"

    Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?"
    Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?
    You know he's abandoned, and you outta hush your fuss"

    I was in the pulpit, I's jumpin' up and down
    I was in the pulpit, I's jumpin' up and down
    My sisters in the corner, they're hollerin' Alabama bound

    Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
    Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
    I said, "Farewell church, may the good Lord bless your soul"

    You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
    You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
    I'd give all my women a good ole happy home

    I'm gonna preach these blues
    And I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
    I'm gonna preach these blues
    And I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
    But, when the Spirit comes, I want you to

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