Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post provides information about the Gospel song "On Time God" and showcases a YouTube video sound file of of Dottie Peoples and other members of the assembled Gospel legends singing Dottie Peoples' award winning song "On Time God". "The Gospel legends" are noted African American Gospel singers/musicians.
The lyrics for "On Time God" are also included in this post along with selected comments from two YouTube viewer discussion threads about this song.
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Thanks to Dottie Peoples for her musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these featured examples on YouTube.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE TERM "ON TIME"
The Gospel song "On Time God" is based on the African American folk saying "God may not come when you want Him [to], but He's never late."
"On Time" means [someone doing something or something occurring] not too early or too late, but exactly at the right time.
An American folk saying that reinforces the view that people shouldn't worry about when something will happen is "Patience is a virtue".
INFORMATION ABOUT THE GOSPEL SONG "ON TIME GOD"
According to her Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dottie_Peoples "On Time God" was composed by Dottie Peoples (born August 12, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio).
Here's another excerpt from that Wikipedia page:
"Peoples's 1995 album, On Time God, would change her role in gospel music. At the Stellar Awards, she won Female Vocalist of the Year for traditional music, Choir of the Year for traditional music, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "On Time God". That same year, Peoples would receive a Vision Award by Bobby Jones Gospel of Black Entertainment Television and Gospel Today Magazine. ``On Time God would also win the Atlanta Gospel Choice Award for Song of the Year."
LYRICS- ON TTME GOD
Lead: He's an on time God, Yes he is Oh.........
Choir: On time God...... Yes he is
Lead: Job said
Choir: He may not come when you want him
Lead: But He'll
Choir: Be there right on time
Lead: I'll tell ya he's an
Choir: On time God, yes he is
Lead: You can ask the children of Israel, trapped at the red sea, by that mean old Pharoah, and his army. They had water all around them, and Pharoah on their track. From out of nowhere, God stepped in and cut a highway, just like that, now let me tell you he's an...
Lead: You can ask the five thousand, hungry souls he fed, on the banks of the river, with two fish and five loaves of bread, what a miracle, he performed for the multitude, Oh what he did, way back then he'll do today for me and you.
Lead: He's on time
Choir: On Time
Repeat as directed
I don't know who composed the Gospel song "On Time God" and when it was composed. If you know this information, please share it in this post's comment section below or in the YouTube video discussion thread. Thanks!
SHOWCASE VIDEO: On Time God - Gospel Legends Volume 2 soloist Dottie Peoples
Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music, Uploaded on Apr 26, 2011
Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread. Comments are given in chronological order based on their publishing date, with the oldest comments given first, except for replies. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only.
1. audreT45, 2012
"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THESE VIDEOS. I LOVE THE OLD GOSPEL"
2. Michelle D, 2012
"I AGREE I LOVE THE OLD SONGS IT REMINDS ME OF TGHE SMALL CHURCHS THAT I ATTENDED IN MISSISSIPPI"
3. HunnyLuv82, 2012, 2012
"Charles Fold was in the back like "Really, y'all gonna do the slow clap... I guess." LOL.... We miss You Charles!!!"
4. Genabeadirect, 2012
"is it me or does this seem extremely slow???? And the clap on the opposite beat than we're accustomed to... yeah.. I know.... but it was very distracting to me..."
5. Darius Witherspoon, 2013
"To be honest, it's not slow at all - The accents are on the opposite beats. If you listen to the original, the tempo hasn''t changed - just the rhythm style. That's Dottie...A good drummer can switch up the style without losing the tempo...I played this song with my choir on an outing, and a guest drummer kicked it off like that. The director gave me funny looks, but it wasn't technically wrong, just different - like Shirley Caesar's "I Feel Like Praising, Praising, Him" - strikingly similar"
6. Vernard Mays, 2013
"This is one of my fav songs....God knows I sing the mess out of this at church!!!!!!"
"sing the mess out of [a song] = sing it a lot (implying that the singer really likes this song)
7. Tina Hubbard, 2015
"Mother Dottie stay sharp!!!! Sing it!"
"Mother" is a title of respect for women-particularly older women- in the Church Of God In Christ churches and some other Black American churches.
In this comment the word "sharp" is a highly complimentary description of a person's fashion style (clothing, hair, shoes etc.).
8. TheValvacious, 2015
"GURRRL you know you can sang. Every time you come to visit at my church, I am always seating in the front. LUV YOU DOTTIE!!!
"Gurrrl" = "girl". That word is spelled that way on purpose to evoke the flavor (spirit) of the "downhome" (Black Southern) way that "girl" was/is pronounced.
In contrast "luv" (love) is a contemporary (perhaps) African American originated spelling of the word "love".
9. Melody Sanger, 2016
"HE'S never late!!!!"
9. shoeladyt, 2016
You can not rush God and you show nuff can't slow Him down, He just on time.
10. nyekurity, 2016
"Who is the second soloist?"
11. Del Knight, 2017
"Paul Jones is the second artist."
12. Sabrina Freeman, 2016
"He is a on time God yes he there when my money is funnie and my change is strange and my friends are few I depend on Jesus"
"My money is funnie [funny], my change is strange, and my friends are few" sounds like an African American folk saying, but I don't recall ever saying it, hearing it, or seeing it in print before.
13. Angela Singleton, 2016
"GOD IS ALWAYS RIGHT ON TIME!"
14. Marie Iacullo, 2016
"He's always on time."
15. Jose CoronA, 2017
"I lOVE THIS!!! I FEEL THE FIRE!!"
"Fire" here is a referent for the presence of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit).
16. Quida Clay, 2017
"Take me back to the day when you song along with the choir you could feel the holy Spirit in the church."
Here are a few selected comment another YouTube example of Dottie Peoples singing "On Time God" [sound file] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzuekCLqZM Dottie Peoples entitled, "He's an on time God.
icelady107,Published on Oct 6, 2012
This is track 3 from the 1994 CD entitled "He's an On Time God".
1. Rodney Wise, 2016
"He's never too early. He's never too late. HE'S ALWAYS ON TIME. GOD DOES EVERYTHING IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME."
2. Sandra Watson, 2016
"GOD IS ALWAYS ON TIME,HE MAY NOT COME WHEN YOU WANT HIM BUT HE'S BE THERE RIGHT ON TIME"
3. Johnie Porterfield, 2016
"AMEN!!!! B THERE RIGHT ON TIME....."
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