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We're going to try and capture the way we make music,

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and the way most people make music.

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We've got an incredible spectrum of new,

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young artists with roots to the tradition we're exploring.

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I'd never think at like 21, I'd be on stage with Tom.

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And then we also have some original guys too.

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I had never seen him, but I thought he was some amazing like

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soul, gospel singer or something like that from, I don't know,

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Mississippi or something.

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And then someone told me he was from Wales.

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It's not like a show show, it's almost like a rehearsal,

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if you like.

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# What good am I

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# If I'm like all the rest?

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# If I just turned away

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# When I see how you're dressed

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# If I shut myself off so I can't hear you cry

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I

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# If I know and don't do?

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# If I see and don't say

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# If I look straight through you

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# If I turn a deaf ear to the thundering sky

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I while you softly weep?

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# And I hear in my head

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# What you say in your sleep

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# And I freeze in the moment like the rest who don't try

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I then to others and me?

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# When I've had every chance

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# But yet still fail to see

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# If my hands tied must I not wonder within

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# Who tied them and why?

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# And where must I have been?

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# What good am I if I say foolish things?

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# And I laugh in the face

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# Of what sorrow brings

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# And I just turn my back while you silently die

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I?

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# What good am I? #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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Yeah!

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

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This is just water, by the way.

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Honestly. It's called Beefeater Water. No, it's not!

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Oh, sorry, no advertising! No, it's just plain water, honestly.

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# I was sitting there, all by myself

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# Listening to everybody, everybody

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# Sayin' be like everybody else

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# Oh, you see

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# I've got to be me

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# And there ain't nobody just like this

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# I've got to be me

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# Baby, hit or miss

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# But then I looked at you just sitting there

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# All by yourself

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# You listening to everybody everybody

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# Sayin' be like everybody else

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# Ohh, you see

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# You've got to believe

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# And there ain't nobody just like this

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# You've got to believe

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# Oh, baby, hit or miss

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# Hey!

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# I was sitting down, all by myself

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# Listening to everybody everybody

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# Sayin' be like everybody else

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# Oh, you see

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# I've got to be me

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# And there ain't nobody just like this

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# I got to be me

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# Oh, baby, hit or miss

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# No, there ain't nobody just like this

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# I got to be me

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# Oh, baby, hit or miss

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# I got to be me

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# Baby, hit or miss

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# I got to be me

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# Baby, hit or miss

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# You got to believe

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# In yourselves

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# Don't listen to nobody else

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# Just be yourselves

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# Yeah

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# I said, you got to believe

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# You got to believe

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# You got to believe in yourself

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# Don't listen to nobody

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# But yourselves

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# Yeah... #

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That's a fact.

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Mm-hm.

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Yeah.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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All right.

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We're going to... Yeah, we are going to, aren't we? Yeah.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Come on, girls.

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These are The Staves, ladies and gentlemen.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Three English girls, and furthermore, they're sisters!

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Three sisters. That's how they blend so well.

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Oh, and of Welsh descent.

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Yes!

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I know you're mother's Welsh.

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And she's lovely.

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OK.

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# Ain't no grave

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# Going to hold my body down

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# When I hear the trumpet sound

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# Going to get up outta this ground

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# Well, go down yonder, Gabriel

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# Put your foot on the land and sea

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# Gabriel, don't you blow your horn until you hear from me

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# Well, I look way over yonder

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# What do you think I see?

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# I see a band of angels and they're comin' after me

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# And then I looked way down the river

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# I saw the people dressed in white

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# I knew it was God's people

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# Cos I saw them do it right

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# When I hear the trumpet sound

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# Going to get up outta the ground

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# I'm going down to the River Jordan

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# I'm going to bury my knees in the sand

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# Holler, ah Hosanna

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# Until I reach that Promised Land

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# When I look way over yonder

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# What do you think I see?

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# I see a band of angels and they're comin' after me

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# So, meet me, King Jesus, meet me

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# Won't you meet me in the middle of the air

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# If these wings could carry me I wouldn't need another pair

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# When I hear the trumpet sound

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# I'm going to get up outta this ground

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# Ain't no grave going to hold my body down

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# You can't hold me down. #

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-Yeah!

-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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And now for something completely different.

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# This old house is falling down round my ears

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# I'm drowning in a river of my tears

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# When all my will is gone

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# You can hear me pray

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# I need you at the dimming of the day

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# You pull me like the moon pulls on the tide

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# You know just where I keep my bed aside

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# The days have come to keep us far apart

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# A broken promise for a broken heart

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# Now all the bonny birds have flown away

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# I need you at the dimming of the day

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# Come the night you're only what I want

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# Come the night you could be my confidant

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# I see you on the street in company

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# Why don't you come and ease your mind with me?

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# I'm longing for the night we can steal away

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# I need you at the dimming of the day

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# I need you at the dimming

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# Of the day. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Well, now then.

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We've got Mr Tom Paley over here.

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He's going to come up and do something with us.

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CHEERING

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You're my hero.

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-Well, you know, I thought I was...

-Yeah.

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-But I'm...

-No, we're both Tom!

-Well, yeah, yeah, but...

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We've both been around a while, right?!

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Yeah. Well, you're just a kid, but...

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Well, thank you!

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That makes a change for me.

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-So we're going to do a song together, right?

-Yeah.

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# It was in the spring one summer day

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# My good gal left me

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# She went away

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# And now she's gone but I don't worry

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# Cos I'm sitting on top of the world

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# She called me up, from El Paso

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# She said, "Come back, Daddy I need you so"

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# And now she's gone but I don't worry

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# Because I'm sitting on top of the world

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# You don't like my peaches don't shake my tree

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# Get out of my orchard leave the peaches be

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# And now she's gone and I don't worry

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# Cos I'm sitting on top of the world

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# Don't you come here running holding out your hand

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# I'm gonna get a woman like you got your man

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# But now she's gone and I don't worry

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# Because I'm sitting on top of the world

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# It was in the spring one sunny day

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# Our good gals left us

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# They went away

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# And now they're gone and we don't worry

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# Because we're sitting on top of the world. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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# When I close my eyes so I would not see

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# My Lord did trouble me

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# When I let things stand that should not be

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# My Lord did trouble me

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# When I held my head too high too proud

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# My Lord did trouble me

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# When I raised my voice a little too loud

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# My Lord did trouble me

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# Did trouble me

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# With a word or a sign

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# With a ring of a bell in the back of my mind

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# Did trouble me

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# Did soothe my soul

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# For to make me human to make me whole

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# When I slept too long and I slept too deep

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# Put a worrisome vision into my sleep

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# When I held myself away and apart

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# And the tears of my brother didn't move my heart

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# Did trouble me

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# With a word and a sign

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# With a ringing of a bell in the back of my mind

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# Did trouble me

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# Did stir my soul

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# For to make me human to make me whole

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# And of this I'm sure of this I know

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# My Lord will trouble me

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# Whatever I do, wherever I go

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# My Lord will trouble me

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# In the whisper of the wind in the rhythm of a song

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# My Lord will trouble me

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# To keep me on the path where I belong

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# My Lord will trouble me

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# Will trouble me

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# With a word and a sign

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# With a ringing of a bell in the back of my mind

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# Will trouble me

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# Will stir my soul

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# For to make me human to make me whole

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# To make me human, to make me whole. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Tom Paley, everyone.

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Wow.

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Wow.

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# I'm going down to the church house

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# Get down on my bended knee

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# Deacon Jones

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# Pray for me

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# Deacon Jones, please pray for me

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# Maybe there ain't no hell

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# No

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# Hey, hey

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# I'm going down to the crossroads

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# With no devil

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# Will I make a deal

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# I'm going down to the crossroads

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# With no devil

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# Will I make a deal

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# No

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# Hey, hey

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# Mmmmmmmmmmm

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# When I die where will I go?

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# When I die

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# Where will I go?

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# Will somebody tell me?

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# Will somebody tell me somebody, please tell me

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# Where will I go?

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# Maybe there ain't no hell

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# Maybe there ain't no heaven

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# No burning hell

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# No

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# Hey, hey

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# Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Remember what you were talking about, Steve?

-Yeah.

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Well, there's a song that I've been wanting to do for a long time.

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I never really got a chance to do it,

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because it was written by a man called big Big Bill Broonzy.

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And it was written in 1939, and this is really a protest song,

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because this man, you know, was a black blues singer

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and he was working in Chicago,

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and he was disgusted with the way the black people were being treated.

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So he wrote a song about it, but in 1939, in America,

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they wouldn't let him record it.

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I thought, "I'd love to do that song."

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So, I got a bit of help tonight doing it

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because we've got Josh Osho to do it with me.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Right there.

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-Can I get a little sweetie? Can I take one of your sweets?

-Yeah, yeah.

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Cool. I heard this is how you get the girls, so, I'm going to take it.

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Yeah. Go ahead. You got some water?

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-I'm cool, you know.

-You sure?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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Yeah. So this is it. This is a hell of a song, this.

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-I love it.

-Yeah.

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-So we can do it now.

-Let's go.

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# This little song that we been singing about

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# People, you know it's true

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# If you're black and gotta work for a living

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# This is what they'll say to you

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# They say if you're white

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# You're all right

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# If you're brown, stick around

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# But if you're black oh, brother

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# Get back, get back get back

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# Now we were in a place one night

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# They were all having fun

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# They were drinkin' beer and wine

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# But they would not sell us none

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# They said if you're white you're all right

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# If you're brown, stick around

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# But as you're black oh, brother

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# Get back, get back get back

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# I went to the employment office

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# I had a number and I got a line

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# They called everybody's number

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# But they never did call mine

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# They say if you're white you're all right

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# If you're brown, stick around

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# But if you're black oh, brother

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# Get back, get back get back

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# Now, me and this man was workin' side by side

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# This is what it meant

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# They were paying me a dollar an hour

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# But they was paying him fifty cents

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# They say if you're white you're all right

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# If you're brown, stick around

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# But as you're black

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# Oh, brother

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# Get back, get back get back. #

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Yeah.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Josh Osho, ladies and gentlemen.

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Yeah.

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Phew.

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Everything is uplifting in this place, isn't it?

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# You don't knock, ring punch a hole

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# The door's wide open a-waitin' for your soul

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# You don't knock you just walk on in

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# I've walked life's guiding road

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# I try to lift this load

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# I travelled both night and day

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# So tired, I could hardly pray

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# Well, Jesus, my light and guide

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# Is ever by my side

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# So, I'm waitin' and a-knockin' into heaven with pride

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# You don't knock

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# You don't knock You just walk on in

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-# The door

-The door into heaven's inn

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# There's love

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# There's love and joy for you

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-# To share

-To share the whole day through

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# I know

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# I know my friends are there

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-# To rest

-To rest in the heaven's nest

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# You don't knock, ring punch a hole

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# The door's wide open a-waitin' for your soul

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# You don't knock

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# You just walk on in

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-# I'll have no need to fear

-Oh, yeah!

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-# Well, He's always here

-Oh, yeah!

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-# He knows my work was true

-Oh, yeah!

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-# So glad the day is through

-Yeah!

0:34:400:34:42

-# If it wasn't for me to say

-Oh, yeah!

0:34:420:34:45

-# I didn't think I'd make my way

-Oh, yeah!

0:34:450:34:48

# So, I'm waitin' and a-knockin' into heaven

0:34:480:34:51

# Goodbye

0:34:510:34:52

# You don't knock

0:34:530:34:54

# You don't knock You just walk on in

0:34:540:34:56

# The door

0:34:560:34:58

# The door into heaven's inn

0:34:580:34:59

# There's love

0:34:590:35:00

# There's love and joy for you

0:35:000:35:02

# To share

0:35:020:35:03

# To share he whole day through

0:35:030:35:05

# I know

0:35:050:35:06

# I know my friends are there

0:35:060:35:08

# To rest

0:35:080:35:09

# To rest into heaven's nest

0:35:090:35:11

# You don't knock ring, punch a hole

0:35:110:35:13

# The door's wide open a-waitin' for your soul

0:35:130:35:16

# You don't knock

0:35:160:35:18

# You just walk on in. #

0:35:180:35:25

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:35:280:35:32

This song is very close to me, this song,

0:35:400:35:44

because, you know, it's about a life

0:35:440:35:47

when somebody gets into show business.

0:35:470:35:50

And they go on the road,

0:35:500:35:52

and they sort of start leading the good life a little too much.

0:35:520:35:57

And then, sometimes, they lose their families, you know,

0:35:570:36:02

and that's what this song is about.

0:36:020:36:05

Thank God, it didn't happen to me.

0:36:050:36:07

I got into show business, but thank God I kept everything together.

0:36:070:36:11

But I can relate to this song. It's a beautiful song.

0:36:110:36:14

It goes like this.

0:36:160:36:17

# Down a dangerous road

0:36:320:36:36

# I have come to where I'm standing

0:36:360:36:42

# With a heavy heart

0:36:420:36:47

# And my hat clutched in my hand

0:36:470:36:51

# Such a foolish man

0:36:510:36:55

# God ain't known no greater sinner

0:36:550:36:59

# I have come in search of Jesus hoping he will understand

0:36:590:37:06

# I had a woman once

0:37:070:37:10

# She was kind and she was gentle

0:37:100:37:16

# Had a child by me

0:37:170:37:20

# Who grew up to be a man

0:37:200:37:24

# I had a steady job

0:37:260:37:30

# Till I started into drinking

0:37:300:37:34

# Started playing music

0:37:340:37:37

# Travelling with the devil's band

0:37:370:37:41

# Oh, the years flew by

0:37:420:37:46

# Like a mighty rush of eagles

0:37:460:37:51

# My dreams and plans were all

0:37:510:37:56

# Scattered in the wind

0:37:560:38:00

# It's a lonesome life

0:38:000:38:05

# When you lose the ones you live for

0:38:050:38:08

# If I make my peace with Jesus

0:38:090:38:12

# Will he take me back again?

0:38:120:38:16

# If I give my soul

0:38:170:38:20

# Will he stop these hands from shaking?

0:38:210:38:25

# If I give my soul

0:38:260:38:30

# Will my son love me again?

0:38:300:38:33

# If I give my soul

0:38:350:38:38

# And she knows I really mean it?

0:38:380:38:42

# If I make my peace with Jesus

0:38:430:38:47

# Will she take me back again?

0:38:470:38:50

# If I give my soul

0:39:080:39:10

# Will he clean these clothes I'm wearin'?

0:39:120:39:15

# If I give my soul

0:39:170:39:19

# Will he put new boots on my feet?

0:39:210:39:24

# If I bow my head

0:39:260:39:29

# And beg God for his forgiveness

0:39:310:39:34

# Will he breathe new breath within me

0:39:340:39:38

# And bring her back to me? #

0:39:380:39:43

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:39:480:39:51

Yeah.

0:40:040:40:06

We're going to bring up Seasick Steve right now.

0:40:070:40:10

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:40:100:40:12

We're going to do a little something.

0:40:200:40:23

We're going to do more than a little something, I think.

0:40:250:40:28

We're going to do a whole lot of something.

0:40:280:40:31

-A lot of shaking going on.

-Tom, I brought the three-string guitar.

0:40:310:40:38

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-What happened to the other three?!

0:40:380:40:43

-I can't afford the other strings!

-Oh, OK.

0:40:430:40:45

I think we could do that old Mississippi Fred McDowell tune.

0:40:450:40:50

-You know, You Gotta Move.

-Right.

0:40:500:40:53

-Is that what he used? Three string?

-I don't believe so.

0:40:530:40:57

He's smarter than me!

0:40:570:40:58

-I don't know why I do it either?

-Because it sounds good.

0:41:010:41:04

-We all good?

-I think so.

0:41:080:41:10

# You gotta move, you gotta move

0:41:350:41:39

# You gotta move child you gotta move

0:41:390:41:43

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:41:440:41:49

# You may be high, you may be low

0:41:530:41:57

# You may be rich, child you may be poor

0:41:570:42:01

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:42:010:42:07

# You see that woman out on the street

0:42:280:42:32

# You see that policeman out on his beat

0:42:320:42:36

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:42:370:42:42

-# You gotta move, you gotta move

-You gotta move, you gotta move

0:42:450:42:51

# You gotta move, child you gotta move

0:42:510:42:55

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:42:550:43:00

# You may be high, you may be low

0:43:030:43:07

# You may be rich, child you may be poor

0:43:070:43:11

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:43:110:43:17

-# You gotta move, you gotta move

-You gotta move, you gotta move

0:43:200:43:24

# You gotta move, child you gotta move

0:43:240:43:28

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:43:290:43:35

# You gotta move, you gotta move

0:43:350:43:38

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:43:380:43:44

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:43:470:43:52

# But when the Lord gets ready you gotta move

0:43:550:44:03

# You gotta move. #

0:44:060:44:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:44:140:44:16

-Well, that was a moment, wasn't it?

-This is such an honour for me.

0:44:290:44:35

Listen, it's great to sing with you, believe me.

0:44:350:44:40

-I think we breathe the same air.

-Yeah, yeah. My brother. Yeah.

0:44:400:44:44

-You wrote this song?

-Yeah, I think.

-You think you did?!

0:44:460:44:52

Every once in a while I think, maybe I stole things.

0:44:520:44:55

But I can't remember who I stole it from, so maybe I wrote it.

0:44:550:44:58

-Well, I haven't heard before, so.

-You can have it if you want.

0:44:580:45:04

I give them away pretty easy.

0:45:040:45:08

Because maybe I didn't write it!

0:45:080:45:11

# It's a long, long way

0:45:250:45:28

# Cos I've been there before

0:45:280:45:31

# It's a long, long way

0:45:310:45:35

# And I've been there before

0:45:350:45:37

# You probably won't take no advice from me

0:45:400:45:45

# I never took none myself, you see

0:45:460:45:53

# It's just when you get older

0:45:530:45:56

# You'd like to pass some on but nobody's listening

0:45:560:46:04

# And it's a long, long way

0:46:060:46:09

# Cos I've been there before

0:46:090:46:12

# It's a long, long way

0:46:120:46:15

# And I've been there before

0:46:150:46:17

# Why do we make the same mistakes

0:46:210:46:26

# Year after year, tear after tear?

0:46:260:46:33

# Just when we've learned a lesson or two

0:46:330:46:39

# It is the time when our life's almost through

0:46:390:46:44

# And it's a long, long way

0:46:460:46:49

# Cos I've been there before

0:46:490:46:53

# It's a long, long way

0:46:540:46:57

# And I've been there before

0:46:570:46:59

# I ain't tryin' to be no saint

0:47:010:47:04

# Shoot I ain't even often right

0:47:040:47:08

# But I'm still here fightin' that good ol' fight

0:47:080:47:13

# So the only thing I'll say

0:47:130:47:17

# Don't give up on your dreams

0:47:170:47:20

# Or they will give up on you

0:47:200:47:25

# And it's a long, long way

0:47:260:47:29

# Cos I've been there before

0:47:290:47:33

# It is a long, long way

0:47:330:47:37

# And I've been there before... #

0:47:370:47:39

-Should you do this?

-Well, this is the old man one.

0:47:510:47:55

-You taking it from me then?

-Well I'm older than you.

0:47:550:47:58

-All righty then!

-Only by a little bit, though!

0:47:580:48:00

# Thanks for takin' time to listen to this old man

0:48:030:48:10

# Your time is a valuable thing

0:48:100:48:14

# And I ain't tryin' to preach I'm only passin' by

0:48:160:48:23

# And I hope you like the song that I sing

0:48:230:48:27

# And it's a long, long way

0:48:290:48:33

# Cos I've been there before

0:48:330:48:36

# It is a long, long way

0:48:360:48:39

# And I've been there before

0:48:390:48:42

# It is a long, long way

0:48:420:48:45

# Cos I've been there before

0:48:450:48:48

# It is a long, long way

0:48:480:48:53

# And I've been there before

0:48:530:48:56

# It is a long, long way

0:48:560:48:59

# And I've been there before

0:48:590:49:01

# It is a long, long way

0:49:010:49:05

# And I've been there before

0:49:050:49:08

# It is a long, long way

0:49:080:49:12

# Cos I've been there before

0:49:120:49:16

# And I don't think I'm goin' there no more. #

0:49:160:49:22

-I don't blame you!

-My brother.

-I've been there myself.

0:49:220:49:25

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:49:250:49:28

Seasick Steve, ladies and gentlemen, please.

0:49:370:49:40

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:49:400:49:43

The real deal!

0:49:430:49:45

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:49:450:49:48

Yeah!

0:49:510:49:52

# Well, didn't it rain children

0:50:060:50:09

# Rain, oh my Lord

0:50:100:50:12

# Didn't it, didn't it

0:50:120:50:15

# Didn't it, oh, my Lord

0:50:150:50:18

# Didn't it rain

0:50:180:50:20

# Well, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights without stopping

0:50:220:50:25

# I know I was glad when the rain stopped dropping

0:50:250:50:28

# Knock on the windows knock on the door

0:50:280:50:31

# Come on brother Noah can't you take no more?

0:50:310:50:34

# No, my brothers you're full of sin

0:50:340:50:37

# God has a key and you can't get in

0:50:370:50:40

# Won't you listen to it rain

0:50:400:50:43

# Listen to it rain

0:50:430:50:46

# Didn't it rain, children

0:50:460:50:49

# Rain, oh my Lord

0:50:490:50:52

# Didn't it, didn't it

0:50:520:50:55

# Didn't it, oh, my Lord

0:50:550:50:58

# Didn't it rain

0:50:580:51:00

# Well, God sent a raven to spread the news

0:51:010:51:05

# Spread his wings and away he flew

0:51:050:51:08

# To the north, to the south

0:51:080:51:10

# To the east, and to the west

0:51:100:51:13

# All day and all night

0:51:130:51:17

# All night and all day

0:51:170:51:20

# Didn't it rain, children

0:51:200:51:24

# Rain, oh, my Lord

0:51:240:51:26

-# Didn't it

-Rain,

-didn't it

-Rain

0:51:260:51:29

# Didn't it, oh, my Lord

0:51:290:51:32

# Didn't it rain

0:51:320:51:35

# Yeah!

0:51:350:51:37

# Yes, didn't it rain, children

0:51:470:51:51

# Rain, oh my, Lord

0:51:510:51:54

-# Didn't it

-Rain

-Didn't it

-Rain

0:51:540:51:57

# Didn't it, oh my Lord

0:51:570:52:00

-# Didn't it rain

-Ooh

0:52:000:52:03

# Yes didn't it rain, children

0:52:030:52:06

# Rain, oh my Lord

0:52:060:52:09

-# Didn't it

-Rain

-Didn't it

-Rain

0:52:090:52:12

# Didn't it, oh my Lord

0:52:120:52:15

# Didn't it rain

0:52:150:52:17

# Won't you listen how it's raining

0:52:190:52:22

# Listen how it's raining

0:52:220:52:25

# Some moaning, some groaning

0:52:250:52:28

# Some crying, some praying

0:52:280:52:31

# Won't you listen how it's raining

0:52:310:52:34

# Listen how it's raining

0:52:340:52:38

# Some ducking and some diving

0:52:380:52:41

# And some peeping and some hiding

0:52:410:52:44

-# Won't you listen

-Listen

-How it's raining

-Ooh

0:52:440:52:47

-# Listen

-Listen

-How it's raining

-Ooh

0:52:470:52:51

# Moaning, groaning

0:52:510:52:54

# Crying, praying

0:52:540:52:56

# Won't you listen how it's raining

0:52:560:52:59

# Listen how it's raining

0:52:590:53:02

# Raining, raining

0:53:030:53:06

# Raining, raining

0:53:070:53:10

# Mmm-hmm

0:53:100:53:14

# Didn't it rain

0:53:150:53:19

# Yes, didn't it rain, children

0:53:210:53:24

# Rain, oh, my Lord

0:53:250:53:28

-# Didn't it

-Rain

-didn't it

-Rain

0:53:280:53:31

# Didn't it, oh, my Lord

0:53:310:53:34

# Didn't it rain. #

0:53:340:53:36

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:53:430:53:47

This song is a Leonard Cohen song.

0:54:020:54:07

Great writer.

0:54:070:54:09

Love him.

0:54:100:54:12

# Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey

0:54:210:54:26

# I ache in the places where I used to play

0:54:270:54:30

# And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on

0:54:300:54:36

# I'm just paying my rent every day

0:54:380:54:42

# In the tower of song

0:54:420:54:45

# I said to Hank Williams "How lonely does it get?"

0:54:470:54:51

# Hank Williams hasn't answered me yet

0:54:510:54:56

# But I hear him coughing all night long

0:54:560:55:02

# A hundred floors above me

0:55:040:55:08

# In the tower of song

0:55:080:55:11

# I was born like this I had no choice

0:55:130:55:17

# I was born with the gift of a golden voice

0:55:170:55:22

# And 27 angels from the great beyond

0:55:220:55:28

# They tied me to this stage right here

0:55:300:55:33

# In the tower of song

0:55:330:55:36

# So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll

0:55:380:55:43

# I'm very sorry, baby that doesn't look like me at all

0:55:430:55:47

# And I'm standing by the window where the light is strong

0:55:470:55:53

# They don't let women kill you not here

0:55:550:55:59

# In the tower of song

0:55:590:56:02

# Now you can say that I've grown bitter

0:56:280:56:32

# But this you can be sure

0:56:320:56:34

# The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor

0:56:340:56:38

# And there's a mighty judgment coming, baby

0:56:380:56:41

# But I may be wrong

0:56:410:56:44

# You see, you hear these funny voices

0:56:460:56:50

# In the tower of song

0:56:500:56:53

# I see you standing on the other side

0:56:560:56:59

# I don't know how the river got so wide

0:56:590:57:04

# And I loved you, baby, way back when

0:57:040:57:09

# And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed

0:57:110:57:16

# And I feel so close to everything we lost

0:57:160:57:20

# And we'll never we'll never have to lose it again

0:57:200:57:27

# Now I bid you farewell

0:57:290:57:31

# I don't know when I'll be back

0:57:310:57:33

# They're moving us tomorrow to the tower down the track

0:57:330:57:37

# But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone

0:57:370:57:44

# I'll be speaking to you sweetly

0:57:460:57:48

# From a window

0:57:480:57:52

# In the tower of song. #

0:57:520:57:55

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:58:060:58:09

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0:58:160:58:19

Sir Tom Jones in a unique session of folk, blues and beyond from the beautiful LSO St Lukes in the City.

Jones and a special band put together by Ethan Johns, the producer of his last two albums Praise & Blame and Spirit in the Room, deliver songs of guilt, redemption and judgement drawn from those records and also collaborates with special guests Seasick Steve on Mississippi Fred McDowell's You Gotta Move, with 84 year-old American folk legend Tom Paley on the Mississippi Sheiks' Sitting on Top of the World and young Londoner Josh Osho on Big Bill Broonzy's Black Brown and White Blues.

Filmed more like a rehearsal in the round than a concert with Ethan Johns on guitar, Richard Causon on keys, Dave Bronze on bass, Jeremy Stacey on drums and The Staves - three young sisters from Watford - on backing vocals, this BBC FOUR Session finds Jones The Voice in masterful yet genial form, exploring his roots in the songs and styles of the American South in the 50s and 60s - early rock n roll, country, gospel, folk, blues and beyond.


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