Sunday, September 6, 2015

Three Example Of The Gospel Song "99 1/2 Won't Do" (with lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases three examples of the Gospel song "99 1/2 Won't Do".

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Thanks to Dorothy Love Coates, the composer of this song and all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to the producers of these videos, and the publishers of these videos on YouTube and thanks to the transcriber of this song.

Click for a pancocojams post of Mavis Staples' civil rights version of "99 1/2 Won't Do".

Click for a pancocojams post of Wilson Pickett's R&B song "Ninety Nine And A Half Won't Do".

composer: Dorothy Love Coates)
(Lyrics below as sung by Hezekiah Walker)

Lord, I'm runnin', tryin' to make a hundred because,
ninety-nine and a half won't do.

Lord I'm runnin', tryin to make one hundred because,
Ninety-nine and a half won't do.

On my knees everyday,
Lord please hear me when I pray.
Please forgive me when I stumble,
Lord, I wanna be in that number.

Lord I'm runnin', tryin to make one hundred because,
Ninety-nine and a half won't do.

Satan tries to turn me around,
tries to make me lose my ground.
But I don't worry, and I don't fret;
I've come to far and I'm not tired yet.

Lord, I'm runnin'.

Lord I'm runnin', tryin to make one hundred because,
Ninety-nine and a half won't do.

Submitted by Guest


A recording of this song by the original composer is given first. The other examples are given in chronological order according to their publishing dates dates on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.

Example #1: Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes - 99 and a Half Won't Do

Phil Pebcak Published on Sep 22, 2012

[Dorothy Love Coates (January 30, 1928 – April 9, 2002) was an American gospel singer.]

"Coates rose to stardom in the 1950s as a member of The Original Gospel Harmonettes. With her "raggedy" voice and preacher's fire she could outsing the most powerful hard gospel male singers of the era. She was also a notable composer, writing songs such as "You Can't Hurry God (He's Right On Time)", "99 and a Half Won't Do" and "That's Enough"....

Example #2: "99 1/2 Just Won't Do" (1976) The Williams Brothers

Gospel Nostalgia, Published on Aug 5, 2012

This is track 4 from the 1980 album entitled "Reaching Out".

Example #3: 99 1/2 Hezekiah Walker vintage song, UAB Gospel Choir

Kevin Turner, Published on Dec 19, 2013

(Balcony Camera) Unedited video from the UAB Gospel Choir 18th Anniversary Fall Concert. Opens concert with vintage Hezekiah Walker/Love Fellowship Choir song, 99 1/2. Featuring the UAB Gospel Choir Dance Team, Ryan La'Nier Threatt on lead vocal, Bishop Kevin P. Turner joining the dance team at the end. — at Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

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