Nobody knows the trouble I've seen

                     

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows but Jesus
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Glory hallelujah! 

Yes (...)

Hum
Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down
Oh, yes, my Lord!
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground
Yes,  my Lord!
Although you see me goin' on so
Oh, yes, my Lord!
I have my trials here below
Yes, my Lord!

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows but Jesus
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Glory hallelujah!

Shadrack

                     

The story of Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego
There were three children from the land of Israel
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
They took a little trip to the land of Babylon
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Nebudchanezzer was the King of Babylon
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
They took a lot of gold and made an idol
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
And he told everybody
When you hear the music of the trombone
And he told everybody
When you hear the music of the clarinet
And he told everybody
When you hear the music of the horn
Oh, you must fall down and worship the idol
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
But the children of Israel would not bow down
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Couldn't fool me with no golden idol
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
I said, you couldn't fool me with your golden idol
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Oh, Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
So the king put the children in a fiery furnace
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Heaped on coals and red-hot brimstone
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Eleven times hotter, hotter than it ought to be
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Burned up the soldiers that the king had put there
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
But the Lord sent an Angel with the snow white wings
Down in the middle of the furnace
And talking to the children 'bout the power of Gospel
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Well, they couldn't find a hair on the head
Of Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Laughing and talking about the fire jumping around
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Oh, Nebudchanezzer called "Hey, there!"
When he saw the power of the Lord
And they had a big time in the house of Babylon
Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego
Oh, oh, oh, Abednego.

Go down Moses

                     

Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go! Now when Israel was in Egypt land (let my people go!), oppressed so hard they could not stand (let my people go!), so the Lord said: "Go down Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old pharaohs to let my people go". So Moses went to Egypt land (let my people go!), he made old Pharaoh understand (let my people go!), yes, the Lord said: "Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old pharaohs to let my people go! Thus spoke the Lord bold Moses said: "Let my people go! If not I'll smite your firstborn dead! Let my people go!" 'Cause the Lord said: "Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go! Way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!

Rock my soul (In the bosom of Abraham)


Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham) 
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Oh, rock my soul!
I would not be a sinner, I'm tellin' you the reason why
I'm afraid my Lord might call me (great God)
And I wouldn't be ready to go!
Oh, baby, won't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham) 
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Oh, rock my soul!
I would not be a liar, I'm tellin' you the reason why
I'm afraid my Lord might call me (great God)
And I wouldn't be ready to go!
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham) 
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Oh, rock my soul!
I would not be a backbiter, I'm tellin' you the reason why
I'm afraid my Lord might call me (great God)
And I wouldn't be ready to go!
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham) 
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Why don't you rock my soul? (In the bosom of Abraham)
Oh, rock my soul!

Ezekiel saw de wheel

                    
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air 
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air

Well, great God almighty, if i can declare
Ezekiel saw the wheel in the middle of the air
A great big wheel and a little bitty wheel
A wheel turning over in the middle of the wheel

The good Book says and The Book don't lie
God told Ezekiel to prophesy
The mighty God spoke in Ezekiel's mind
He raised his voice and began to cry

He cried, old bones, old bones a-walking
Great God almighty, the old bones a-talking
Old bones, bones, won't you hear me now?
Old bones, you hear the word of God!

Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air

Well, God told Ezekiel to prophesy
And Zeke tried to do it and that's no lie
God sent the wind from the west to the east
Spirits struck him from his head to his feet

He cried, old bones, old bones a-walking
Great god almighty, the old bones a-talking
Old bones, bones, won't you hear me now?
Old bones, you hear the word of God!

Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air

Well, old 'Zekiel tried his best to do
The thing the Lord had told him to
He did his best that's all he can
After all Zeke was a natural man

Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air 
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, the great big wheel a-turning over
Ezekiel saw the wheel a-rolling, way in the middle of the air

Yes, he did, old Zeke was wailing that time!

On my way (Got on my travellin' shoes)

                    

On my way now, got on my travellin' shoes, on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes) well, I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes), oh, them shoes now (got on my travellin' shoes), oh, way child (got on my travellin' shoes)... Well, I went to the church, I walked right in, the saints began to pray and the Lord came in, I went to the alter, didn't find a fault, the saints began to pray and the fires did halt!
I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes) well, I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes), oh, them shoes now (got on my travellin' shoes), hum, way child (got on my travellin' shoes)... Well, I went to the valley, didn't go to stay, my soul got empty and I stayed all day, I went to the river and walked right in, the saints were all saying, "wash away your sins!"
I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes) well, I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes), oh, them shoes now (got on my travellin' shoes), yes, way child (got on my travellin' shoes)
I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes), yes, I'm on my way now (got on my travellin' shoes), goin' home now (got on my travellin' shoes), goin' home now (got on my travellin' shoes), I'm on my way now, got on my travellin' shoes, on my way, yes, I'm about to leave you (on my way), wearing my travellin' shoes (on my way), yes, I'm going home where things are always good, ha ha ha!

Down by the riverside

                 

Swing low, sweet chariot

                 

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

                   

Jonah and the whale

                 
Jonah was a man who got a word from the Lord: “Go and preach the Gospel to the sinful land", but he got on a ship and he tried to get away and he ran into a storm in the middle of the sea... Now the Lord, He made the waves just roll so high, the ship begin to sink and they all begin to cry, so they pulled old Jonah out of the hole and they jumped him in the water just to lighten up the load... Now the Lord made a whale, long and wide: "Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish?" and he swallowed up Jonah, hair and hide, Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish? Huuummm, Lord! Huuummm, Lord! Now Jonah started to pray in the belly of the whale (Lord, Lord, wasn't that a fish!), he repented of his sins like a man in jail, Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish?, Huuummm, Lord! Huuummm, Lord! Now Jonah must o’ been a bad man, he must o’ been a sinner (Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish?) 'Cos when the whale got him down, he didn’t like his dinner (Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish?) Huuummm, Lord! Huuummm, Lord! Well, he swum around the ocean, sick as he could be, Lord, Lord, wasn't that a fish? And after three days, whoops, he had to set him free, Lord, Lord, wasn't that a fish? Huuummm... So the whale spit Jonah out onto dry land (Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish?) and he went on to preaching like a righteous man, Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish? Then the people quit their sins when they heard him in the town, Lord, Lord, waddnat a fish? So when you hear the call, don’t you turn the Gospel down, Lord, Lord, wasn't that a fish? Hum?

Didn't it rain

                  

This train


Louis and The Good Book

LOUIS ARMSTRONG 
with the SY OLIVER CHOIR 
and THE ALL STARS

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Bass


All songs are arragements adapted by Sy Oliver except SHADRACK and JONAH AND THE WHALE (Robert MacGimsey)ROCK MY SOUL (R. Huey)ON MY WAY (Carroll-Columbus/Chapman)DIDN'T IT RAIN (Mitt Gobler) and THIS TRAIN (R. Thorpe).

Decca Music, 1958.



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