Old Landmark

Southern California Community Choir, Aretha Franklin

About Old Landmark

"Let Us Go Back to the Old Landmark", also known as "The Old Landmark", is a gospel song. Sometimes credited as "traditional", it was written by W. Herbert Brewster and published in 1949 in an arrangement by Virginia Davis. It was recorded by Brewster's own group, the Brewster Singers, and by many other gospel performers including Edna Gallmon Cooke, Clara Ward, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and The Staple Singers. Later recordings were made by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Some of the recordings credit the writing of the song to Adeline Brunner (as A. M. or A. H. Brunner). It is featured in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, where it is performed by James Brown with the Rev. James Cleveland Choir. It also appears on the film's soundtrack album. 


Year:
2003
3:44
100 
#2

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Let us all (all go back)
To the old (old landmark)
Let us all to the old (all go back old landmark)
Let us stay in the service of the lord
Jesus, oh! (he's my lord, oh, my lord)
Let us preach of the old
At the (hey! hey!)
Landmark

Praise the lord, well!
Let us preach, at the old
Preach the word, all the way
Yeah, preach

Preach the word, all the way
Do it, know it, fell it (all people)
People, people, well (preach the word)

Let us preach, at the old (preach the word, old landmark)
Preach the word, at the old (preach the word, old landmark)
Preach the word, at the old (preach the word, old landmark)
Preach the word, at the old (preach the word, old landmark)
Preach the word, at the old (preach the word, old landmark)

People, now
Brothers, sisters
Yeah, lord, yeah, lord, yeah, lord, yeah, lord
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, lord
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, child

Let us all, to the old (all go back, old landmark)
Let us all, to the old (all go back, old landmark)
Turnin', yearnin', learnin', burnin'

Gonna go back, ahh (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Gonna go back, ahh (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Gonna go back, ahh (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Gonna go back, ahh (oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Let us stay in the service of the lord

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. more »

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Written by: W. Herbert Brewster

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11 facts about this song

Origin
"Old Landmark" was originally a gospel song performed by various African American church choirs.
Song Interpretation
Both Aretha Franklin and The Blues Brothers reimagine the song in their respective unique styles, merging gospel with rhythm and blues, soul and rock.
Collaboration
The Franklin and Blues Brothers' version was featured in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers."
Aretha Franklin
Known as the "Queen of Soul,” Franklin was renowned for her powerful vocals and range. Her performance of "Old Landmark" further enhanced the song's popularity.
Movie Iconography
The specific scene in the movie where Franklin performs "Old Landmark" is iconic. Franklin is seen in a small diner, singing to the characters played by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as she tries to convince her character's husband to stay.
Blues Brothers
Known for their lively performances, the Blues Brothers blended humor and music in their movies and performances. Their take on "Old Landmark" is no exception.
Gospel Influence
Despite its transformation over the years, "Old Landmark" retains its gospel roots and continues to be performed by choirs worldwide. Its upbeat tempo and powerful vocals make it a favorite among audiences.
Debut
Though it gained fame through Franklin and the Blues Brothers, "Old Landmark" was actually first recorded by the Clara Ward Singers in the early 1960s.
Musical Transition
The song is an example of the shift from traditional gospel to more contemporary styles, blending sacred and secular music genres.
Lyrics
The song's lyrics call for a return to the old ways and beliefs, a common theme in gospel music reflecting harking back to traditions and faith.
Recognition
Aretha Franklin’s rendition of "Old Landmark" continues to receive acclaim, showcasing her versatility as a singer and her ability to effortlessly mix gospel and soul music.

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