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The Prodigal Son

This song is by Rev. Robert Wilkins and appears on the album Memphis Gospel Singer (1984).

This song has been covered by The Rolling Stones under the title "Prodigal Son".
The prodigal son left home by himself, home by himself
The prodigal son left home by himself
The prodigal son left home by himself

And that's the way for me to get along
And the last word, her mama heard me him say, her mama heard me him say
And the last word, her mama heard me him say, her mama heard me him say
The last word, her mama heard me him say

Said I'm going to tell my father to give me all of mine today
I'm going to tell my father to give me all of mine today
Going to tell my father to give me all of mine today
And that is be the way for me to get along

The poor boy got all he had and started on down the road
Started on down the road, he had and started on down the road
Got all he had and started down the road
'Cause that's no way for him to get along

Said: I'm goin' out in this world and God never did know it
I'm goin' out in this world and God never did know it
Goin' out in this world and God never did know it
And that'll be the way for me to get along

And the poor boy got away from home and spent all that he had, spent all that he had
He got away from home and spent all that he had
He got away from home and spent all that he had
And that was no way for him to get along

Spent all he had, famine come in the land, famine come in the land
Spent all he had, famine come in the land
Spent all he had, famine come in the land

Then he said: I Believe I'm going hire myself to some man, myself to some man
I'm going hire myself to some man
Believe I'm going hire myself to some man
And that'd be the way for me to get along

And the man told him: "I'll give you a job, boy feed my swine, boy feed my swine
"I'll give you a job, boy feed my swine
"I'll give you a job, boy to feed my swine
And that'd be the way for you to get along"

And the poor boy stood there, he hung his head and cried, hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood there, he hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood there, he hung his head and cried

Said "I believe I'll ride
I believe I'll go back home, believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll ride, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll ride, I believe I'll go back home
And that will be the way for me to get along"

And he far down the road ran, as his father could see, as his father could see
Far down the road ran, as his father could see
Far down the road ran, as his father could see

He said I believe that's my son coming home to me, coming home to me
I believe that's my son he's coming home to me
I believe that's my son he's coming home to me
And that would be the way for us to get along

Father ran and he fell down on his knees, fell down on his knees
And his father ran and he fell down on his knees
Father ran and he fell down on his knees

Said crying and praying, "Lord have mercy on me, lord have mercy on me"
Said crying and praying, "Lord have mercy on me"
Just crying and praying, "Lord have mercy on me"

And I'm so glad lost son home to me, my son home to me
So glad my lost son home to me
So glad my lost son home to me
And that's the way for us to get along

And the poor boy stood there
Hung his head and cried, hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood there and hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood there and he hung his head and cried

And he told his father "Don't you own me as a child? Own me as a child?"
And he told his father "Don't you own me as a child?"
Told his father "Don't you own me as a child?
And that would be the way for us to get along"

And his father stood there and called the family around, called the family around
Father stood there and called the family around
Father stood there and called the family around

Said: "My son was lost but now he is found, but now he is found
Said: "My son was lost but now he is found"
Said: "My son was lost but now he is found"

And he told his elder brother gonna kill my fattest calf, kill my fattest calf
Told his elder brother gonna kill my fattest calf
Told his elder brother gonna kill my fattest calf
And that would be the way for us to get along

Let us all day drink and all be merry and glad, all be merry and glad
Let us all day drink and all be merry and glad
Let us all day drink and all be merry and glad
And that's the way for us to get along

And that's the way for us to get along

Credits

Written by:

Robert Wilkins

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