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Brother James

This song is by Big Joe Williams and appears…

Brother James went out ridin', ridin' in that '29 Ford
Brother James went out ridin', ridin' in that '29 Ford
Well, that poor man was drinkin' bad whiskey, hoo-hoo-well, boys, he sure done losed his soul

Lord, I went out in Greenville, looked down in Brother James' face
Beat it on out, sad words to say
Lord, I went out in Greenville, looked down in Brother James' face
I says, "Sleep on, Brother James, I will meet you Resurrection Day"

Lord, Brother James died of a sudden, and he didn't have time to pray
Lay it on out, boys
Brother James died suddenly, didn't have time to pray
I said, "Goodbye, Brother James, hoo-hoo-well, I meet you Resurrection Day"

Now, he left Sister Lottie, tryin' to save her wicked soul
Play it, boys
Now, he left Sister Lottie, tryin' to save her wicked soul
She ain't gon' drink no more whiskey, hoo-hoo-well, boy won't ride in no '29 Ford

I went to the graveyard, and I peeped down in Brother James' face
Lord, I went to the graveyard and I, peeped down in Brother James' face
Says, "You know you died drunk, Brother James, and you didn't have time to pray"

Farewell, Brother James, hope we will meet someday
Play it for poor Joe once
Farewell, Brother James, hope we will meet someday
I will be at the feasting table, hoo-hoo-well, when they stick Brother James away

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