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Shout, Sister Shout

This song is by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and appears on the compilation album The Original Soul Sister (2002).

(Shout, sister shout,
Shout, sister shout
Shout, sister shout,
Tell the whole world what it's all about)

Now listen everybody to the precious words
I'm gonna do some chirping
And I ain't no bird
There's a reason for living
A reason for dying
A darned good reason why a woman starts crying
A reason for a mole, a reason for a dimple
But there ain't no reason why a man's so simple

(Shout, sister shout) Yeah!
(Shout, sister shout) I'm tellin' you
(Shout, sister shout) Yeah!
(Tell the whole world what it's all about)

There's a way to be brilliant
A way to be a fool
A way to get to heaven
Observe the golden rule
A way to get a sweetheart,
A way to get a wife
But the day you quit me brother
That's the day you lose your life

(Shout, sister shout) Yeah!
(Shout, sister shout) oh boy!
(Shout, sister shout) Yeah!
(Tell the whole world what it's all about)

There's a reason for a mountain,
A reason for a hill
A reason why a doctor
Gives a patient a pill
A reason to dance
A reason to sing
But there ain't no reason
Why a band can't swing

Male Voice
I can understand the birds
And I can understand the bees
Sister, I can even understand
Why a rat eats cheese

Tharpe
I can understand my dog

Male Voice
And I can understand your cat

Tharpe
Well fill me full o' rhythm
Can you understand that

Male Voice
I gotcha covered sister

(Shout, sister shout) hallelujah!
(Shout, sister shout) hallelujah!
(Shout, sister shout) hallelujah!
(Tell the whole world what it's all about)

Tharpe
I'm gonna shoooo-ut
I'm gonna shoooo-ut
I'm gonna shout it out
And tell the world what it's all about.