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I Wish I Had Died in Egyptland - Part 2

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

I went to the river, could not get across
I jumped on a bullfrog, thought it was a hoss
Hoss wouldn't pull, sold him for a bull
The bull wouldn't holler, sold him for a dollar
The dollar wouldn't pass, I throwed in the grass
The grass wouldn't grow, sold it for a hoe
Hoe wouldn't dig, sold it for a pig
Pig wouldn't squeal, sold it for a wheel
Wheel wouldn't run, sold it for a gun
Gun wouldn't shoot, sold it for a boot
Boot wouldn't fit, got rid of it

Now let me tell you what you can't do
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland
Can't serve the Lord and the Devil too
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland

Now let me tell you what you can't do
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland
Can't serve the Lord and the Devil too
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland

Well I ain't been to heaven but I've been told
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland
The streets are pearl and the gates are gold
And I wish I'd a died in Egyptland

Now let me tell you what you can't do
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland
Can't serve the Lord and the Devil too
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland

I never will forget that day
I wish I'd a died in Jerusalem
That my Lord washed my sins away
And I wish I'd died in Jerusalem

Now let me tell you what you can't do
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland
Can't serve the Lord and the Devil too
I wish I'd a died in Egyptland

Recorded:

1929