Song of the Week

More like Song of the Fortnight or something.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about faith and my old views of religion and God. I promise this won’t get too heavy. This is another E.llis Paul song. It is actually Woody G.uthrie’s lyrics set to music by Ellis.

G.od’s P.romise
from the album
I DIDN’T PROMISE YOU
SKIES PAINTED BLUE
ALL COLOR’D FLOWERS ALL Y’R DAYS THRU
I DIDN’T PROMISE YOU SUN WITH NO RAIN
JOYS WITHOUT SORROWS
PEACE WITHOUT PAIN

ALL TH’T I PROMISE
IS STRENGTH FOR THIS DAY
REST FOR MY WORKER AND LIGHT ON Y’R WAY
I GIVE YOU TRUTH WHEN YOU NEED IT
MY HELP FR’M ABOVE
MY UNDYING FRIENDSHIP
MY UNFAILING LOVE

I NEVER DID PROMISE YOU
CROWNS WITHOUT TRIALS
FOOD WITH NO HARD SWEAT Y’R TEARS WITHOUT SMILES
HOT SUNNY DAYS
WITHOUT COLD WINTRY SNOWS
NO VICT’RY WI’THOUT FIGHTIN
NO LAUGHS WITHOUT WOES

ALL TH’T I PROMISE
IS STRENGTH FOR THIS DAY
REST FOR MY WORKER MY LITE ON Y’R WAY
I GIVE YOU TRUTH WHEN YOU NEED IT
MY HELP FR’M ABOVE
UNDYING FRIENDSHIP
MY UNFAILING LOVE

I SURE DIDN’T SAY I’D GIVE YOU
HEAVEN ON EARTH
A LIFE WITH NO LABOR NO STRUGGLES NO DEARTHS
NO EARTHQUAKES NO DRYSPELLS
NO FIREFLAMES NO DROUGHTS
NO SLAVING NO HUNGERS NO BLIZZARDS NO BLIGHTS

ALL TH’T I PROMISE
IS STRENGTH FOR THIS DAY
REST FOR MY WORKER MY LITE ON Y’R WAY
I GIVE YOU TRUTH WHEN YOU NEED IT
MY HELP FR’M ABOVE
UNDYING FRIENDSHIP
MY UNFAILING LOVE

I PROMISE YOU POWER
THIS MINUTE THIS HOUR
THE POWER YOU NEED
WHEN YOU FALL DOWN TO BLEED
I GIVE YOU MY PEACE AND MY STRENGTH TA PULL HOME

MY LOVE FOR ALL RACES ALL CREEDS AND ALL KINDS
MY FLAVORS MY SAVOURES MY CREEDS OF ALL KINDS
MY L O V E FOR MY RACES ALL COLORS ALL KINDS
MY L O V E FOR MY RACES ALL CREEDERS ALL KINDS
MY SAVOURES MY FLAVOURES MY DANCERS ALL KINDS
MY DANCERS MY PRANCERS MY SINGERS ALL KINDS
MY FLAVOURES MY SAVOURES MY DANCERS ALL KINDS
Words by Woody G.uthrie, 1955 Copyright 2002 Woody G.uthrie Publications, BMI (This version edited by Ellis P.aul from a longer piece.)

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Sorry for the all caps

I need this is a little spiritual reality check…I’m not promised anything, only the power to make it through this minute. ‘The power I need when I fall down to bleed’…maybe it’s the part about falling down (or more likely bleeding) but I listen to this song on repeat far too often. If this was back in the day of tapes or records it’d be worn thing but I gain such strength it. They’ll be ‘no victory without fighting’…but I will fight!

Here’s a video of the song if anyone is interested. Starts with an interview, the song starts at 1:42.
Ok… so I can’t figure out how to do the video in this post…it’ll follow

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September 27, 2007. Song of the Week.

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