Edited by Azizi Powell
This post features one video & one song file of The Golden Gate Quartet singing the talking Gospel song "Old Blind Barnabas". A sound file of the Blind Boys Of Alabama singing that song is also included in this post. In addition, the Biblical story of Blind Barnabas (Blind Bartimaeus) and the lyrics for the song "Old Blind Barnabas" (given under the title "Old Blind Bartimaeus" are also included in this post.
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THE BIBLICAL STORY BEHIND THE GOSPEL THE GOSPEL SONG
New International Version (NIV)
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.
47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Example #1: The Golden Gate Quartet Sings "Blind Barnabas"
EdmundStAustell, Published on Mar 3, 2012
One of the best gospel quartets of all time, formed in 1934 and most active throughout the 40's and 50's . I first became aware of them back in the early 50's from an Okeh record, a subsidiary production of Columbia. This is "Old Blind Barnabas," one of their better known hits. A version of this was contained in an old film, but this is the recorded version that was popular back in the late 40's. The clarity of their diction and the precision of the rhythm is quite remarkable.
Example #2: The Golden Gate Quartet - Blind Barnabas
SyberkaPL, Uploaded on Dec 18, 2008
From "A Song Is Bron" (1948)
Members:Alton Bradley, Henry Owens, Clyde Riddick, Orlandus Wilson
Example #3: Old Blind Barnabas.mov
soddyflash, Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011
The Blind Boys of Alabama with "Old Blind Barnabas" from their 2005 album, "Atom Bomb."
LYRICS: OLD BLIND BARTIMAEUS
Well old blind Bartimaeus stood on the way, blind
Blind Bartimaeus stood on the way.
Well old blind Bartimaeus stood on the way, crying
Oh Lord, have mercy on me
In my God's bible, the word proclaims
that Christ went healing the crippled and the lame.
He gave to the poor and the needy bread.
Healing the sick and raising the dead.
And then when He came to Galilee.
He passed by a man that could not see
Well, the main was blind, he was blind for birth.
They tell me that his name was Blind Bartimaeus.
When Bartimaeus heard that the Lord was nigh,
He fell on his knees and began to crying
Oh thou man of Galilee
Cryin' great God Almighty, have mercy on me.
Crying Oh Lord, (Mary's baby)
Oh Lord, (Son of David)
Oh Lord, (Bleeding Lamb)
Oh, my Lord from in Bethlehem
Then my Lord, He stopped and He turned around
And He saw Blind Bartimaeus on the ground
And He touched his eyes with the palm of His hand
Blind Bartimaeus saw like a natural man.
He cried Thank God
Thank my God from in Bethlehem.
http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/bishops-lyrics/blind-bartimaeus-lyrics.html; these lyrics are submitted by kaan
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the composer & the performers of this Gospel song. Thanks also to the transcriber of this song and the uploaders of this video and these song files.
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