Run Come See Jerusalem

Lyrics: Blind Blake
Music: Blind Blake

Sung by Robert Hunter on 31 October 1986. I haven't found a recording - this is the Blind Blake version (or one of them - there seem to be a number of different ones):

It was nineteen-hundred and twenty-nine (run come see, run come see)
I remember that day pretty well
Nineteen-hundred and twenty-nine (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, they were talkin' 'bout a storm in the island (run come see, run come see)
My God, what a beautiful morning
They were talkin' 'bout a storm in the island (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, there were three sails leaving from the harbor (run come see, run come see)
With the mothers and children on board
They were bound for the island of Andros (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, they were the Ethel and the Myrtle and the Pretoria (run come see, run come see)
And the Myrtle was bound for French Creek
The Ethel was bound for Spanish Creek (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, the Pretoria was alone on the ocean (run come see, run come see)
Dashing from side to side in the waves
The Pretoria was alone on the ocean (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, then a big sea built up on the starboard (run come see, run come see)
My God, what wind and waves
Well, a big sea built up on the starboard (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, then the first sea hit the Pretoria (run come see, run come see)
And the children came a-grabbing for their mothers
The first sea hit the Pretoria (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, well, it sent her head down to the bottom (run come see, run come see)
And the captain came a-running for the tiller
It sent her head down to the bottom (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, there were thirty-three souls on the water (run come see, run come see)
Swimming and praying to their Daniel, God
Thirty-three souls on the water (run come see Jerusalem)

My God, now George Brown he was the captain (run come see, run come see)
My God, he shouts, now children, come pray
Come and witness your judgment (run come see Jerusalem)


 


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