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Christmas Favorites of Mahalia Jackson
Songs From Other Singers

Other than Mahalia Jackson, I love singers such as Clara Ward, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Dorothy Love Coates, and others. This page contains some of my favorites from these artists.

"My Mother's Eyes"
by: Clara Ward
 
One bright and guiding light
That taught me wrong from right
I found in my mother's eyes.
Those baby tales, those baby tales she told
That the roads are paved with gold
I found in my mother's eyes
 
Just like a wandering sparrow
One lonely soul
I'm walking on, I'm walking on the straight and narrow
To reach, to reach, reach my goal
 
God's gift, God's gifts sent down from above
A real unselfish love
I found it in my mother's eyes.
 
"Packin' Up"
by: The Clara Ward Singers
 
I am on my way to the New Jerusalem
Where the sun never goes down
Every day I'm making preparations
Well, I'm packin'
Gettin' ready, gettin' ready to go
 
Packin' up, gettin ready to go
Packin' up, gettin ready to go
Packin' up, gettin ready to go
Packin' up, gettin ready to go
Oh, I got my sword
And I got my shield
I got my ticket
Signed and sealed
Well, I'm packin'
Packin' up, gettin ready to go
 
Well, I'm packin', packin'
Yes, I'm packin'
Lord, oh, Lord
Lord, oh, Lord
Lord, oh, Lord
etc.
 
When I pray an earnest prayer
Oh, Lord, meet me there
Then I tell him just to make me stronger
Don't you know I can't hang on no longer
Then a wheel begins to turn
And the fire, fire begins to burn
You know I'm packin'
Gettin ready, gettin ready to go
 
Well, I'm packin', packin'
Yes, I'm packin'
Lord, oh, Lord
Lord, oh, Lord
Lord, oh, Lord
Packin' up
Gettin ready, gettin ready to go
I'm packin' up, gettin ready to go
 
"He'll Make You Happy"
by: Roberta Martin
 
I was lost in sin one day
Until He came and changed my ways
And then He gave me the victory
Now, I'm as happy
I'm as happy as I can be
 
He'll make you laugh
He'll make you cry
He'll give you peace
Real peace of mind
He'll give you joy
Oh, wonderful joy
He'll give you joy
When you need it most

Oh, and children
When you see me shout
Oh, I've got something
To really shout about
Since I know Him
I'm as happy as I can be
 
He'll make you laugh
He'll make you cry
He'll give you peace
Real peace of mind
He'll give you joy
Oh, wonderful joy
He'll give you joy
When you need it most

Oh, and children
When you see me shout
Oh, I've got something
To really shout about
Since I know Him
I'm as happy as I can be
 
"So Many Wonderful Things"
by: Rev. F. C. Barnes
 
There are so many wonderful things about Jesus
There are so many wonderful things about Him
There are so many wonderful things about Jesus
There are so many wonderful things about Him
His name is wonderful
He's the wonderful counselor
There are so many wonderful things about Him
(rpt)
 
Just when I need Him
I look around, He's always there
That's why I know that my Savior cares
That's why I know I have no need to fear
There are so many wonderul things about Him
(chorus)
 
If I had to tell it
I just couldn't tell it all
He picks me up everytime I fall
That's why I now he hears me when I call
There's so many wonderful things about Him
(chorus)
 
His name is wonderful
He's a wonderful counselor
He is a mighty God
Everlasting father
He is the prince of peace
There are so many wonderul things about Him
(rpt)
 
"Hold On"
sung by: The Clara Ward Singers
 
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on, hold on
 
Hold on (hold on)
Hold on (hold on)
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on (hold on)
 
Paul and Silas bound in jail
Didn't have no one to go their bail
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on (hold on)
 
Hold on (hold on)
Hold on (hold on)
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on (hold on)
 
Mary wore three links of chain
Every link was in my Jesus' name
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on (hold on)
 
Well, hold on (hold on)
Hold on (hold on)
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on (hold on)
(rpt again)
 
"Precious Memories"
as sung by: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
 
Precious memories- how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness of the midnight
Precious sacred scenes unfold
 
In the stillness of the midnight
Echoes from the past I hear
Old time singing, gladness ringing
From that lovely land somewhere
 
Precious memories- how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness of the midnight
Precious sacred scened unfold
 
"What Jesus Is To Me"
by: Clara Ward
 
I don't know what Jesus is to you
But I hope He's to you what He is to me
He's all I'd like to own
He's my chief corner stone
Yes, I know what Jesus is to me
 
Some say that He's the Rose of Sharon
Some say that He's the bright, morning star
Some say that He's the lily way down in the valley
I will agree, Lord, that He's all that
All that and more to me
 
Hard trials, Lord, and pit falls
You know, I've had them all
But I cried to the Lord and he heard my call
When I'm about to fall, Jesus fixes it all
And I know what Jesus is to me.
 
"What Are They Doing In Heaven"
by: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
 
I'm thinking of a friend
Whom I used to know
Who lived down in this world
In this broken up world of sin and war
They're gone up to Heaven now
Up to Heaven, I know
I'm wondering what are they doing there now
 
I'm wondering what are they doing
In Heaven right now, today
But sin and sorrow are all washed away
They're having peace
Abide[ing] like a river
What are they doing there now
 
"Farther Along"
Traditional
 
Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested tho in the wrong
 
When death has come and taken our loved ones
It leaves our hearts [homes] so lonely and drear
The do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year
 
Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by
 
"Peace, Be Still"
by: James Cleveland
 
Master, the tempest is raging
The billows are tossing high
The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness
No shelter or help is nigh
Carest thou not that we perish
How can thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threatning
A grave in the angry deep
 
The winds and the waves shall obey thy will
Peace be still, peace be still
Peace be still, peace be still
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons, or men, or whatever it be
No water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies
They all shall sweetly obey thy will
Peace- peace, be still
(rpt and follow)
 
"It May Be The Best For Me"
by: Clara Ward
 
I often wonder why it is
Why some are happy and free
While I am tried and so oppressed
But it may be the best for me
 
Some folks have money just to throw away
While I'm compelled to be
Almost in want from day to day
But, it may be the best for me
 
Oh, you know it may be
May be the best for me
Oh, you know it maby be
The best for me
The Lord knows the way
And I've got to obey
For it may be the best for me
 
"Can't You See"
by: Cleophus Robinson
 
If you think you're not doing alright
If you think you're not doing alright
Take a walk, take a walk, take a walk
To the hospitals and then you'll see
People are there in misery
Some are lame and they can't walk
Some are dumb and they can't talk
Can't you see, can't you see, can't you see
Can't you see you're doing alright
 
Stop complaining 'bout the way you'll fair
Go to God in a secret prayer
Tell Him, "Lord, the way seems hard to run"
"[And] at the setting of the golden sun"
"[And] Lord, if you hold my hand,"
"I will make it to the Promised Land,"
"All my troubles will be gone."
 
Stop complaining because you don't want to work
Stop complaining 'cause you gotta go to work
Don't you know, don't you know, don't you know
There are others that want to go
Won't you see, won't you see, won't you see
(it fades out)
 
"Get Away Jordan"
by: Dorothy Love Coates
 
Get away
(Get away Jordan)
Get away
(Get away, ol' chilly Jordan)
Get away
(Get away Jordan)
Oh, I wanna cross over to see my Lord
(rpt)
 
You know, I promised the Lord if he would set me free
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
I'd go until I'd find out what the end might be
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
One day, one day I was walkin along
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
You know, I heard a voice, but I saw no one
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
The voice I heard sounded so sweet, child
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
Came down from my head to the sole of my feet
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
 
Well, get away
(Get away Jordan)
Oh, get away
(Get away, ol' chilly Jordan)
Get way back
(Get back, get back, yes)
Oh, I wanna cross over to see my Lord
 
You know, one of these mornings, it won't be long
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
You're gonna look for me, child, and I'll be gone
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
With a few more risings and settings of the sun
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
This ol' battle will be fought, and the victory won
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
You know the friend that I used to love so dear
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
They've gone on to Glory, and left me here
(Yes, I wanna cross over to see my Lord)
 
When my feet get cold, my eyes are shut
My body's been chilled by the hands of death
Tongue glued to the roof of my mouth
My hands lay folded across my breast
You don't have to worry 'bout the way I'll fair
God Almighty done told me He'll be right there
Lift me, on the mighty wings of love
Carry my soul to the Heavens up above
They tell me Jordan is deep and wide
But I promised Mother I'd see her on the other side
 
Well, get away
(Get away Jordan)
Oh, get away
(Get away, ol' chilly Jordan)
Get way back
(Get back, get back, yes)
Oh, I wanna cross over to see my Lord
 
"You're Gonna Miss Your Chance"
as by: The Clara Ward Singers
 
Keep on standing there finding faults
Keep on looking at everybody else carrying a bad thought
You're gonna miss your chance to save your soul
Keep right on sitting there gazing into space
Keep on gossiping, walking from place to place
You're gonna miss your chance to save your soul
Your time is now, right now, right now, right now
While the blood is still running warm in your veins
Your time is now, right now, right now, right now
While God is still extending His grace
 
If you want a good life
All you got to do is get to know Jesus Christ
Don't just stand there, don't just sit there
Don't go here and there and miss your chance
To save your soul, your soul
Your time is now, right now, right now, right now
While blood is still running warm in your veins
Your time is now, right now, (fades out)
 
"All God's Children Will Be There"
by: Rev. F. C. Barnes
 
Oh, what a shame how they done my Lord
He bled and died on Calvary's cross
He has gone to prepare a place
He's coming back again
We'll meet Him over in Glory one day
 
(chorus)
Yes, all God's children will be there
In that great home gathering in the air
We're gonna shout around the throne
In that big and beautiful home
They'll be coming from every nation
Coming from all generations
They'll be no more segregation
We're gonna have a good time up there
 
Up there will be all the saints of God
They're coming from every nation- all over this world
When our work down here is done
And our race is run
I wanna hear my Savior say "Well done"
(chorus)
 
When i get there, shall I look for you
I'm doing all I can to make it through
We must give up all of our sins
It's the only way to make it through
I wanna hear my Savior say, "You made it through"
(chorus)

The Clara Ward Singers
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"It's Gonna Rain"
from: The Clara Ward Singers
 
Talk about a rain, oh my Lord
Talk about a rain, oh my Lord
Talk about a rain, early one mornin'
Rain, rain without warning
Rain in the North and South
Rain in the East and West
Talk about running from the Judgement test
Talk about leavin' this world to rest
It's gon' rain, rain down fire
It's gonna rain
 
It's gonna rain down fire, it's gonna rain
(repeat 3 more times)
 
There will be no building of the ark
Like Noah did- hickory bark
[Will] be no saving other man's lives
[Like] God did Noah and his wife
It's gonna be fire, it's no joke
The world will be consumed with fire and smoke
Jesus will be comin', comin in a cloud
Gabriel will be blowing his trumpet so loud
(chorus)
 
Woke up one morning from a dream
Dreamt my soul had been redeemed
I called on the Father, called on the Son
Told Him 'bout this world that I came from
He said, "Follow me down to the riverside"
"Repent your sins and be baptized"
"I am King of Kings & I am Host of Hosts"
"I will fill your soul with the Holy Ghost"
(chorus)

Rev. Cleophus Robinson Sr.
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Roberta Martin Singers
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Roberta is the second from the left.

"Great Judgement Day"
by: Roberta Martin
 
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
For that great, that great judgement day
 
Great day
(There's a great day a-coming)
When we all
(When we all gather on home)
Great day
(There's a great day a-coming)
When we all
(When we'll all cease to roam)
Gonna sing
(Gonna sing)
Gonna shout
(Gonna shout)
Gonna shout
(Gonna shout and never get tired)
In that great judgement day
 
Oh, we'll be coming for the great coronation
Where we'll gather around God's throne
Where the saints of every nation will make it on home
(Will make it on home)
Gonna lay their troubles down
Climb up the ladder round by round
In that great judgement day
 
Oh, great day
(There's a great day a-coming)
When we all
(When we all gather on home)
Great day
(There's a great day a-coming)
When we all
(When we'll all cease to roam)
Gonna sing
(Gonna sing)
Gonna shout
(Gonna shout)
Gonna shout
(Gonna shout and never get tired)
In that great judgement day
 
Oh, gonna walk
(Gonna walk them golden streets)
Gonna walk
(Gonna walk them golden streets)
Gonna talk
(Gonna talk about Jesus)
Gonna talk
(Gonna talk about Jesus)
Sit down
(Sit down by the riverside)
Sit down
(Sit down by the riverside)
Gonna rest
(Gonna rest from my labor)
Gonna rest
(Gonna rest from my labor)
Gonna drink
(Gonna drink from the fountain)
Gonna drink
(Gonna drink from the fountain)
That flows
(From Calvary's mountain)
That flows
(From Calvary's mountain)
In that great
(That gret)
That great
(That great)
That great
(That great)
That great
(That great)
In that great judment day
(rpt again)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Dorothy Love Coates
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"I Won't Let Go Of My Faith"
by: Dorothy Love Coates
 
I'm just holding on
I'm just holding on
I'm just holding on
I'm holding on
And I won't let go of my faith
(rpt)
 
I believe in the Father and His Son
(Holding on to my faith)
I got my religion when I was very young
(Holding on to my faith)
I'm a Christian, thank God, saved by grace
(Holding on to my faith)
But I have many hard trials trying to run this race
(Holding on to my faith)
(chorus)
 
I've been ostracized and criticized
(Holding on to my faith)
Things I have to suffer bring tears to my eyes
(Holding on to my faith)
Ol' Satan is busy stirring up wrath
Gathering stones to block my path
My enemies inflicting all the heart they can
Throwing their rocks they hide in their hands
When you dig one ditch, you better dig two
The trap you set just may be for you
God put it in my heart, you can't change me
My soul's on fire and the world can't harm me
I'm working
(Working)
Toiling
(Toiling)
 
I remember the day, I remember the hour
The Lord saved me with His holy power
I wish you could've been there when I came through
The church was on fire with the holy ghost too
Most would say that I've been changed
The angels in Heaven done signed my name
He put running in feet
He put clapping in my hands
He put shouting in my heart
He took doubting from my mind
I'm holdin, holdin, holdin, holdin...etc.
I'm holding on and I won't let go of my faith

Clara Ward
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"We Thank Thee"
by: Hank Williams
 
We thank thee each morning
For a new, born day
Where we may work the fields
Of dew-mowed hay
We thank thee for the sunshine
And air that we breathe
Oh Lord, we thank thee.
 
We thank thee for the rivers
That run each day
We thank thee for the little birds
That sing along the way
We thank thee for the trees
And the deep blue sea
Oh Lord, we thank thee
 
(**)Oh, yes, we thank the Lord
For every flower that blooms
Birds that sing, fish that swim
And the light of the moon
We thank thee everyday
As we kneel and pray
That we were born with eyes
To see these things
 
We thank thee for the fields
Where the clover is grown
We thank thee for the pastures
Where the cattle may roam
Thank thee for your love
So pure and free
Oh, Lord, we thank thee
(go back to the (**)

"If I Can Dream"
as sung by: Elvis Presley
 
There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Gotta be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell my why, oh, why
Oh, why can't my dream come true
Oh, why
 
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that can blow away all doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh, why
Why won't that sun appear
 
We're lost in a cloud with too much rain
We're trapped in a world that's troubled with pain
But as long as a man has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
 
Deep in my heart there's a tremblin' question
Still I am sure that the answer's gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there's a beckoning candle
And while I can think
While I can walk
While I can stand
While I can talk
While I can dream, please let my dream come true
Right now, spread the message around
Right now, right now
 
"My Way"
recorded by both: Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley
 
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friends, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
 
Regrets? I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each chartered course
Each careful step along the byway
And more , much more than this
I did it my way
 
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
 
I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill- my share of losing
But now, as tears subside
I find it all amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
 
For what is a man? What has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
Let the record show I took the blows
And did it my way
Let the record show I took the blows
And did it my way
 
"Oh Lord, How Long"
by: The Clara Ward Singers
 
How long, oh Lord,  how long
How long shall I suffer pain and woe
How long shall I be driven from door to door
Hmmmmmmmm
 
How long
(How long)
How long
(How much longer)
How long
(How long)
Lord, how long
(How much longer)
How long shall labor, watch and wait
Yeah, how long
(How long)
Lord, how long
(How much longer)
How long
(How long)
How much longer
(How much longer)
'fore I can go sweeping through the gate
(Sweeping through the gate)
 
How long
(How long)
Lord, how long
(How much longer)
How long, Lord
(How long)
How much longer
(How much longer)
How long shall I endure these ups and downs
Yeah, how long
(How long)
Lord, how long
(How much longer)
How long
(How long)
How much longer
(How much longer)
'fore I can get my starry crown
(Get my starry crown)

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