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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rev. Clay Evans "Have You Got Good Religion" (Sound File & Lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file of the Gospel song "Have You Got Good Religion" as sung by Rev Clay Evans & choir. A transcription of Rev. Evans' sermon-like introduction and the lyrics of this rendition of this song are also included in this post.

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Thanks to the composer of this song, and thanks to Rev. Clay Evans snd his congregation for their rendition of this song. Thanks also to the publisher of this sound file on YouTube.


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FEATURED SOUND FILE
Rev.Clay Evans "Have You Got Good Religion"



Garrison Bullier, Uploaded on Nov 16, 2009

*AUDIO* Rev. Clay Evans "Have You Got Good Religion"
(Certainly Lord)
-snip-
The song begins at 2:47 of this sound file.

Commenter praiseleaderATL wrote that she or he was at this recording and indicated that it was in the 1980s.

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LYRICS: HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION
(As sung by Rev. Clay Evans & Choir)

Spoken introduction to this song:
In days and.... times in which we live
we are crucified.
[There's] Times of trouble
everywhere.
Uncertainty
Unrest
Everywhere you go.
Well, you just don’t know.
And half of us are in this dilemma.
You don’t know what the weather’s gonna be
Un!
You don’t know whether you got a job
Some of us don’t even know whether we are still married or not
Un!
That’s just how uncertain things are.
Sometimes you still think you married, but you’re not.
You need help cause things are so uncertain.
You’re well, one day
Sick the next one.
Ain’t that right?

And in a day and time like this
You don’t know what politicians are gonna do.
Ain’t that right?
So in ah time like this
Where there’s indefinite
uncertain[ity]
Well, my friends you need to be SURE and VERY SURE
that you’ve been born again.
You oughta KNOW you got GOOD RELIGION.
Something that we are SUBSTAINED in a time of trial,
tribulation
temptation
all around us.
It needs to be good enough
so that if you get in the fiery furnace like the Hebrew boys
You know He’ll keep you.
You know that if you get in the LIONS’ den
He’ll keep ya.
And when temptations are ALL around you
You need to KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt
that I’ve been BORN again.
How many of you know you been born again?*
And we used to sing ah little song where I came from
And I just want you to kinda listen in
and if you can answer me back, well and good.
Well, we used to sing this little song down in Tennessee

Lead –Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead –Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead –Do you know you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Lead [speaking to the congregation] – Now wait ah minute…
You didn’t really sing it.
The choir sang it
But you didn’t really say it
like you mean it.
If you KNOW you got it
I want you to say it.

Lead –Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead –Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead –Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – I wonder do you got good religion.
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Lead- Have you been to the pool**
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Have you been to the pool
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Have you been to the pool
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Lead- Have you been baptized
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – (Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey) Have you been baptized
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – (How many of you have been baptized?) Have you been baptized
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord
Lead- Is your name on high***
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Is your name written on high
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Is your name on high
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Lead [speaking] – Well, now that’s the way we used to sing it down yonder.
Since I got up here you haveta [Begins singing to a faster tempo with accompanying handclapping]

Lead –Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Do you have good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord


Lead – Is your name on the roll ****
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Is your name on the roll
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Is your name on the roll
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Lead- Is your name on high***
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – (Yeah) Is your name on high
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Is your name on high
Choir - Certainly, Lord
Choir & Lead - Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Choir- Have you got good religion
Lead – (Yeah) Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Do you have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord
Lead –We need good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – We need good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Lead – Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord

Choir- Have you got good religion
Lead – (Yeah) Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead – Have you got good religion
Choir- Certainly, Lord
Lead [overlapping with choir] Well now
Choir & Lead- Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord
Choir [singing] – Certainly, Lord
Lead [spoken]- You need to make sure
Choir [singing]- Certainly Lord [tempo slower]
Lead [spoken]- You need to be a peace,
When everything is going on
Choir [singing] – Certainly, Lord
Lead [spoken]- But if you got it
Choir [singing overlapping Lead’s extemporaneous words]- Certainly, certainly, certainly
Lead [spoken] -It will keep you
It will hold ya
Yeah, Yeah
Choir [singing during fade out] Certainly, Lord
Lead [spoken during fade out] - You gotta be sure
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Transcription by Azizi Powell from the sound file given above.
Additions and corrections are welcome.

This is transcribed without the organ’s chords and congregation’s exclamation that are an integral response part of this sermon like song introduction.
NOTES:
*been born again – accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savoir (become a Christian)

**been to the pool- been baptized by immersion in water

***is your name on high – is your name written in God’s book as being a person who has accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior [The same idea is expressed in the religious song “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” – “roll call”: calling out the names of a group of people (such as students in a class room) to see who is present or absent)

**** is your name on the roll –[Read the notes for “is your name written on high”]

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Thanks to the composer/s of "Have You Got Good Religion" and thanks to Rev. Clay Evans and the choir for this rendition of this song. And thanks to the publisher of this sound file on YouTube.

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