Oh Death

Bessie Jones

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Bessie Jones

Bessie Jones (February 8, 1902 - July 17, 1984), gospel singer from Smithville, GA. She learned her songs from her grandfather, a former slave born in Africa. She was a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Alan Lomax first encountered Bessie Jones on a southern trip in 1959. Jones made her way up to New York City two years later and asked Lomax to record both her music and biography. more »


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Chorus: Oh Death, now oh Death in the morning 
Oh Death, Death spare me over for another year 

He cried Oh Death (hear him singing) 
O Death in the morning 
O Death (please now) spare me over another year 

Yeah, Death walked up to the sinner door 
Said Oh now sinner you got to go 
The sinner looked around an began to cry 
Said Oh no Death I'm not ready to die 

Oh Death walked up to the sinner's gate 
Said I believe you have waited now a little too late 
Your fever now is one hundred and two 
You have narrow chance that you'll ever pull through 

He said I got feets and I can't walk 
I got a tongue mother and I can't talk 
I got eyes and I can't see 
Nothin' but Death has got the shackles on me 

Said now gonna fix your feet where you can't walk 
Fix your tongue so you cannot talk 
Close your eyes an' you cannot see 
You got to come now an' go with me 

Well Death, consider my age 
And do not take me in this stage 
All my wealth is at your command 
If you just remove your cold icy hand 

Oh what is this I see? 
Cold icy hands all over me 
Say I am Death no one can excell 
I open the doors of Death and Hell 

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