Here’s another sweet, consoling sentimental tune that turns into a gospel party over the years — one of my favorite things, I gotta tell ya.
Anyway, lyrics and brief history are here.
Andy Griffith and friends sing one verse in the course of the Andy Griffith Show — dig the rich harmony!
Mahalia Jackson puts some muscle into it — and now it jumps to life. If you didn’t before, you know now why safety and security mean so much.
And when you’ve had to do without for so long, that prospect is BIG news, as the Blind Boys of Mississippi demonstrate.
And then you get gleeful with it, like this service at the First United Tabernacle Church, Apostolic. Now it’s gone all Caribbean! (The sound quality is pretty poor, due to the typical small-church sound system cranked all the way up. But it gets under your skin in a good way.)