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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Five Examples Of "Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases examples of the African American Spiritual "Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John". Examples of lyrics to that song are also included in this post.

Click for a post of the Roberta Martins Singers performing this song: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/06/roberta-martin-singers-walk-in-jerusalem.html.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/06/mahalia-jackson-walk-in-jerusalem-when.html for a post about that song.

"Walk In Jerusalem When I Die" might be considered a separate Spiritual from "Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John". Or maybe it's just a different arrangement of the "Walk In Jerusalem" song.

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DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE OF "WALK IN JERUSALEM JUST LIKE JOHN"
"Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John" begins with a chorus of three lines which are repeated & one end line. The verses for this Spiritual song are composed of a couplet that is separated by a fixed refrain. (A "couplet" is two lines whose end word rhymes or nearly rhymes).

As is the case with other Spirituals, there are no totally fixed verses, order of verses, or length for the song "Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John". Here are examples of verses that are often used for this Spiritual. Many of these verses are "floaters" meaning that they are found in other songs.

In my experience of this song, the chorus is sung after two verses. That arrangement may not be fixed, but there must be some consistent arrangement throughout the entire rendition where the chorus is sung after a certain number of verses.

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AN EXAMPLE OF LYRICS TO WALK IN JERUSALEM JUST LIKE JOHN
(traditional African American Spiritual/unknown composer/s)

Chorus:
I wanna be ready
I wanna be ready
I wanna be ready
To walk in Jerusalem just like John

(sing chorus 2x)

Possible Verse:
I went to the valley but I didn't go to stay.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)
My soul got happy, and I stayed all day.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)

Possible Verse:
If you don't believe I've been redeemed.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)
Just follow me down to Jordan stream.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)

Chorus [1x]

I looked at my hands and they looked new.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)
I looked at my feet and they did too.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)

I'm so glad I'm heaven bound.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)
I'm on my way to heaven and I can't turn around.
(Walk in Jerusalem just like John)

Chorus [1x]

Other possible verses: [same pattern as above]

When I get to Heaven gonna sing and shout.
Won't be nobody there to put me out. **

If you get there before I do **
Just tell my friends I'm coming, too

John said the city was just four square
And he declared he'd meet me there

Oh John oh John oh didn't you say
You'd be there on that great day

Some came crippled and some came lame
Some came walking in Jesus' name

Now brother, better mind how you step on the cross
Your feet might slip and your soul get lost

** In my experience, these two verses are usually given in this order.

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FEATURED EXAMPLES

Example #1: Golden Gate Quartet - Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John



CanadianFolkBlues, Published on Jul 24, 2012

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Example #2: Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John - Birmingham Jubilee Singers



CanadianFolkBlues,Published on Jun 6, 2012

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Example #3: Elder Grier "Walking in Jerusalem just like John"



1twinsma, Published on Jul 2, 2012

Mount Nebo 2012

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Example #4: Deacon Jessie Phelps "Walking In Jerusalem Just Like John"



k phelps, Uploaded on Sep 15, 2010

Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church Union Meeting Butler, GA September 2010

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Example #5: - Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John



k phelps, Uploaded on Nov 7, 2011

Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association 2011 Thomaston, GA

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Example #5: - Walk In Jerusalem Just Like John

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Thanks to the unknown composer/s of this song. Thanks also to these featured singers & thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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