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I Wish I Had Died in Egyptland - Part 1

This song is by Jesse Johnson and appears on the compilation St. Louis 1927-1933 (1993).

The Lord got a great gob of what is this
The Lord got a great gob of what is that
God commanded plants to grow
God commanded sea to roll
God commanded the bird to fly
In his mouth he had a seed
From that seed it sprung a root
From that root it sprung a vine
From that vine it sprung a shade
And 'long came a cutworm and cut it down

Now amen and Halleluia
And amen and I wish I had died in Egyptland

Now hey Lord and Halleluia
And hey Lord and way down in Egyptland

Your neighbor go 'bout and she talk about you
Your neighbor go 'bout and she talk about me
I had an old aunt and she do the same
She get to lyin' so fast she couldn't call no name

Now amen and Halleluia
And amen and I wish I had died in Egyptland

Now hey Lord and Halleluia
And hey Lord and way down in Egyptland

Now they told there's a tree in the paradise
Hey Lord done fell on me
And the persons called it the tree of life
Hey Lord done fell on me

Now amen and Halleluia
And amen and I wish I had died in Egyptland

Now hey Lord and Halleluia
And hey Lord and way down in Egyptland

It's a way over yonder in the harvest field
Hey Lord done fell on me
Where the angels are workin' with the carriage wheel
Hey Lord done fell on me

Now amen and Halleluia
And amen and I wish I had died in Egyptland

Now hey Lord and Halleluia
And hey Lord and way down in Egyptland

I wish I'd a died when I was young
Hey Lord done fell on me
I would not have this great long race to run
Hey Lord done fell on me

Now amen and Halleluia
And amen and I wish I had died in Egyptland

Now hey Lord and Halleluia
And hey Lord and way down in Egyptland

Recorded:

1929