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Ship'scat Origins: Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan (18) Lyr Add: DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOURN 10 Dec 01


This version comes from Jonathan Eberhart's "Life's Trolley Ride" on Folk Legacy's C-82. Jonathan attributed it to a 78 recorded in 1928 by Bill Chitwood and his Georgia Mountaineers and found by his long time collaborator Andy Wallace and. Note that this version uses MOURN instead of MOAN. The recording features a mandolin trio by Mike Holmes, Jay Unger and Andy. The last verse is Johnathan's own.

DON'T YOU HEAR JERUSALEM MOURN

Now the Methodist preacher, you can tell him where he goes.
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Don't never let a chicken get old enough to crow.
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?

Chorus

Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?
Thank god that the heavens am a-ringin' in my soul, and my soul's set free
Don't you hear Jerusalem mourn?

Now the Baptist preacher, you can tell him by his coat.
Got a bottle in the pocket that he couldn't hardly tote.

Now the Campellite preacher, so they say,
Well he got to be baptized every other day.

Presbyterian preacher don't never take the blues.
He chews his own tobacco and he drinks his own booze.

Now the hardshell preacher, well, he kneels uptown.
His neck's so stiff can't hardly look around

Now the Holy Roller preacher, well, he sure am a sight
Let me tell you how he get 'em all a-rollin' and he kick out the light.

Unitarian preacher, don't never bend you ear.
But I bet he'd like a tune like this one hear.


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