Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples Sing

by Will Good & The Mattes

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At the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival (seen in the movie Summer of Soul), Sister Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples sang 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand'. This was the song Sister Mahalia sang at Martin Luther King's funeral, at his request. It is a lesson in love and passion that we can all learn.

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Folks pass here most days, they don’t stay long
On the move, got too much on
Worn out like some beast of burden
Need no drink to ease their hurried minds
Take some time, they would find
Answer’s there if they could hear when

Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing
‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King

I pass by here, stay a while most days
Hear more than I care to say
And every word is something broken
Their pain leaves some heartbreak everywhere
But I know that I can bear it
I am strong because I hear when

Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing
‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King

Sit with me and pass an hour today
We can share some cheery tales
We can share some teary moments
These are times we’ll think of fond and true
I will be a friend to you
I promise this because I hear when

Sister Mahalia and Mavis Staples sing
‘Precious Lord, Take my Hand’ for Dr King

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released November 14, 2021

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Will Good & The Mattes England, UK

Will Good & The Mattes come from the far north of England. Their (mostly) guitar-based approach is focused on (mostly) songs on anything from climate change to political rant to 50s B-movies. Thanks to lockdown, WG&TM members have gone their separate ways but founder Steve Chaplin is Last Man Standing and he's still making music. ... more

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