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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shirley Caesar - "Shouting John "(Hold My Mule) videos, lyrics, and comments

Edited by Azizi Powell

[Revised November 27, 2016]

"Shouting John" (also known as "Hold My Mule") is a story that Shirley Caesar shares prior to she and her choir singing the Gospel song "I'm Going To Praise The Lord While I Have A Chance". Because of the popularity of Shirley Caesar's rendition of that introductory story, her remix of "I"m Going To Praise The Lord While I Have A Chance", is most widely known as "Hold My Mule".

This post provides an explanation of story of that song, the basic lyrics to the Gospel song "I'm Going To Praise The Lord While I Have A Chance", and showcases two videos of Shirley Caesar & choir singing "I'm Going To Praise The Lord etc.).

The content of this post is presented for religious and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Shirley Caesar for her musical legacy. And thanks to the publisher of these videos on YouTube.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-black-gospel-source-of-u-name-it.html for the pancocojams video of the "U Name It" dance challenge/meme which features a snippet of Pastor Shirley Caesar's introduction to another rendition of "Hold My Mule".

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE SONG "SHOUTING JOHN" (ALSO KNOWN AS "HOLD MY MULE")
From http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7587981/gospel-legend-shirley-caesar-soars-thanks-to-remix-memes-of-hold
"Gospel icon Shirley Caesar's remix of "Hold My Mule," featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson, kicks onto Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Dec. 3) at No. 2, propelled by its No. 1 debut on Gospel Streaming Songs, as it surges by 7,510 percent to 821,000 U.S. streams in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Nielsen Music. The 79-year-old vocalist and pastor originally recorded the track in 1988.* (Caesar first reached a Billboard chart in 1975.)

Why the sudden surge in the song's popularity? In the tradition of recent social media memes (like the Mannequin Challenge) comes the #UNameIt Challenge, which started when DJ Suede The Remix God created an update of "Mule," with special focus on the line, "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes" among other food shout-outs, obviously timely just ahead of Thanksgiving."...
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*I added italics to that sentence to highlight it.
This internet page http://www.thelyricarchive.com/song/1005551-133923/While-I-Have-a-Chance provides lyrics for another version of this song and credits African American Gospel composer, vocalist, and choir director James Bignon as its composer. However, the book that James Bignon authored* that contains a list of his compositions doesn't include "Praise The Lord While I Have A Chance".

If you have any information about who composed this song and when it was composed, please add that information to the comment section below.

I also don't know if Shirley Caesar is the author of the "Shouting John"/"Hold My Mule" story, but there's no doubt that that story was popularized by that Gospel singer since she first recorded it as a prelude to her rendition of "Praise The Lord" etc." in 1988. And there's also no doubt that Shirley Caesar's "Shouting John" story has become much more widely known as a result of Dj Suede's November 2016 production of the "U Name It Challenge".

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THE STORY BEHIND THE "SHOUTING JOHN" (HOLD MY MULE) GOSPEL SONG
A man named John belonged to a "dead church". A dead church is one that doesn't believe in people shouting. The church tried to stop John from shouting, but he said that he would shout anyhow.

In its religious sense, "shouting" means to show that you are feeling the Holy Spirit (The Holy Ghost) by dancing, moving, speaking in tongues, and/or other actions. People who feel the Holy Spirit say that it is like fire in their system, and they can not help but move. Note that "shouting" doesn't have to have anything to do with yelling (speaking loudly).

In the song "Shouting John" (Hold My Mule), John didn't necessarily have a mule. "Hold my mule" means to rid yourself (remove) anything that interfers with you being able to worship God by shouting.

Read my comment below about what I believe is a possible source of the phrase "hold my mule".

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Shirley Caesar "Shouting John Hold My Mule"



chj333, Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

Shirley Caesar "Shouting John pt1"
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Most of this video is of Shirley Caesar telling the story about this song.

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Shirley Caesar "Shouting John pt. 2"



chj333, Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

Shirley Caesar "Shouting John pt. 2"

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LYRICS -"I'M GONNA PRAISE THE LORD WHILE I HAVE A CHANCE"
(composer ?; lyrics as sung by Shirley Caesar, and given without any introductory remarks/sermon)

Chorus
Lead - I'm gonna praise the Lord while I have a chance
Group -I'm gonna praise the Lord while I have a chance
All -Praise Him in the morning,
Praise Him all day long,
I feel like praising, praising Him.

Verse
Lead -Come on help me praise Him while you have a chance
Group -Come on help me praise Him while you have a chance
All -Praise Him in the morning,
Praise Him all day long,
I feel like praising, praising Him.

Verse
Lead -If you don’t want to shout, don’t bother me
Group - If you don’t want to shout don’t bother me
Lead -If you don’t want to shout don’t bother me
Group -If you don’t want to shout don’t bother me

All - Praise Him in the morning,
Praise Him all day long,
I feel like praising, praising Him.

If you don't wanna praise him, don't bother me
[same pattern as the verse given above]

* These are basic lyrics. Other verses can be improvised to fit the song's theme and its structural pattern.

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1 comment:

  1. The phrase "hold my mule" in this song may have been lifted from the mid 19th century minstel song entitled "Jim Along Josie" (also given as "Jim Along Josey". There are many different versions of that song. A verse in one version of that song is "Hold my mule while I dance Josie".

    Warning: Many old versions of that song include what is now known as "the n word"

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