I'll Be With Thee

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by the Jerry Garcia Band with Keith and Donna--with Donna and Maria Muldaur sharing lead vocals.

Just like the prodigal son, when he was far from home
He wanted to go back and tell his father he had done wrong
He fell on his knees, the Lord answered his pleas
Said "If you go back home I'll go with thee"

Just like the Israelites, who were Pharaoh's slaves
They suffered in bondage and they prayed for days
The Lord said, "Moses, go set them free"
"I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll go with thee"

Just like old Joshua at Jericho
The Jericho walls, he wanted to overthrow
The Lord said, "Fight, and I'll give you victory"
"I am the Lord thy God, and I'll go with thee"

He said
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through the water, through the flood
Through the fire, through the blood
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

I'll be with thee (You may be far away)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through failure, success
I'll understand when you done your best
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

Just like the Israelites, who were Pharaoh's slaves
They suffered in bondage and they prayed for days
The Lord said, "Moses, go set them free"
"I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll go with thee"

Just like old Joshua at Jericho
The Jericho walls, he wanted to overthrow
The Lord said, "Fight, and I'll give you victory"
"I am the Lord thy God, and I'll go with thee"

He said
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through the water, through the flood
Through the fire, through the blood
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to be discouraged)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through failure, success
I'll understand when you done your best
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1978 Cats Under The Stars Jerry Garcia Band (note 1)
     18 Mar 1978 Pure Jerry Six: Warner Theatre Jerry Garcia Band
     22 Mar 1978 Garcia Live Volume 4 Jerry Garcia Band
     18 Jun 1978 San Francisco Bay Area 1978 Jerry Garcia Band
 
Other Dead-Related Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     12 Nov 2005 For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball Zen Tricksters plus friends
Notes
(1) bonus track on the reissued album included in the box set All Good Things


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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