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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Roberta Martin Singers - Walk In Jerusalem

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file of the Roberta Martin Singers rendition of the African American Spiritual "Walk In Jerusalem (Just Like John)". Lyrics to that group's rendition of this Spiritual are also included in this post.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/06/five-examples-of-walk-in-jerusalem-just.html for a post on this song.

Also, click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/06/mahalia-jackson-walk-in-jerusalem-when.html for a post of Mahalia Jackson singing "Walk In Jerusalem (When I Die)".

"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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SHOWCASE EXAMPLE - "Walk In Jerusalem"- Roberta Martin Singers



Rowoches,Uploaded on Mar 9, 2009

From the album TWELVE INSPIRATIONAL SONGS. I like this arrangment. Eugene Smith, lead.

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LYRICS - WALK IN JERUSALEM JUST LIKE JOHN
(as performed by The Roberta Martin Singers)*

Chorus:
Lead - Tryin to get ready
Group- I wanna be ready
Lead - Tryin to get ready
When He calls **
Group- I wanna be ready when He calls me.
Lead - Tryin to get my house in order.
Group - I'm tryin to get my house in order.
Lead- So I can walk
Lead & Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.

[repeat]
except the lead sings "I got to get my house in order"

Lead - Though I've been saved and I'm satisfied.
I got to walk
Group- Walk in Jerusalem just like John.
Lead (I) Know I've got Jesus As my guide (I've got to)
Lead & Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.

Lead - (You know) I'm so glad I'm heaven bound
I got to walk
Group- Walk in Jerusalem just like John.
Lead (And) I'm on my way to heaven, and I can't turn around.
I got to walk
Lead & Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.

Chorus
Lead - Tryin to get ready
Group- I wanna be ready
Lead - Tryin to get ready
When He calls
Group- I wanna be ready when He calls me.
Lead - Tryin to get my house in order.
Group - I'm tryin to get my house in order.
Lead- So I can walk
Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.
Lead - So I can talk.
Group - Talk In Jerusalem
Lead -So I can sing.
Group - Sing in Jerusalem.
Lead -So I can shout.
Group - Shout in Jerusalem
Lead & Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.

Lead - Got to ready
Group- I wanna be ready
Lead - I got to be ready
When He calls
Group- I wanna be ready when He calls me.
Lead - I got to get my house in order.
Group - I'm tryin to get my house in order.
Lead- So I can walk
Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.
Lead - So I can talk.
Group - Talk In Jerusalem
Lead -So I can sing.
Group - Sing in Jerusalem.
Lead -So I can shout.
Group - Shout in Jerusalem
Lead & Group - Walk in Jerusalem just like John.
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Transcription by Azizi Powell from the sound file. Additions & corrections are welcome.

The words in parenthesis are implied or are extemporaneous and therefore don't need to be sung.

*The lead singer's lines often overlap the lines of the rest of the group.

**The capital "H" in the word "he" indicates that "He" is Jesus. However, the lack of that capitalization in some transcriptions may mean that "he" is John (either the apostle John or John the Baptist).

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Thanks to the unknown composer/s of this song. Thanks also The Roberta Martin Singers for their musical legacy & thanks to the publishers of this sound file on YouTube.

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