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​Something Got A Hold On Me

This song is by Stonewall Jackson and appears on the album The Old Country Church (1969).

At first when I heard of some people who say
That ole time religion is real
I said I'll go down take a look at the crowd
For it's just a weak mind that I feel

I walked up the steps and peeked in at the door
The devil said don't you go in
I said it won't hurt me I'll just step inside
And sit as far back as I can

They sang like they meant it with all of their hearts
I said it's emotion that's all
When they get down to pray I'll just get up and leave
I don't won't to be seen here at all

The preacher got up and he started to preach
As he looked right straight down at me
He told ev'rybody just how mean I was
Didn't talk like he thought so much of me

But something got a hold of me
Yes, something got a hold of me
I went there to fight but oh my that night
God certainly got hold of me

I sat in my seat just a thinking it o'er
Then they all started to pray
The fire fell from heaven I knelt to the floor
I prayed there as God had his way

At last now I know that I don't need to doubt
I got an experience that night
I'll never forget it as long as I live
I found that salvation is right

Yes, something got a hold of me
Yes, something got a hold of me
I went there to fight but oh my that night
God certainly got hold of me

Written by:

Alvin P. Carter