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Lift Him Up That's All

"Lift Him Up That's All"
Single by Washington Phillips
A-side Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There
Format 10" 78rpm single
Recorded December 2, 1927; Dallas, TX
Length 3:31
Label Columbia 14277-D
Producer(s) Frank B. Walker [1]
Washington Phillips singles chronology
"Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There" / "Lift Him Up That's All" "Denomination Blues Parts 1 and 2"

"Lift Him Up That's All" is a gospel blues song recorded in 1927 by Washington Phillips (vocals and zither; 1880–1954).[2]

Contents

  • Description 1
  • Recordings 2
  • Other songs 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Description

The verses tell the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, found in the Gospel of John at 4:4-30.

The refrain draws from the Gospel of John at 12:32, often interpreted as a prophecy of the Crucifixion and/or the Resurrection of Jesus:

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

and runs as follows:[3]

Oh, lift Him up, that's all,
Lift Him up in His word,
If you'll tell the name of Jesus everywhere,
If you'll keep His name a-ringin' everywhere that you go,
He will draw men unto Him.

The song seems to have fallen into obscurity until revived in 2002 by the bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley.

Recordings

  • 1927 – Washington Phillips, Columbia Records single [4][5][6]
  • c. 1928 – Blind Benny Paris and Wife,[7] Victor Records(?)[8] single
  • 2002 – Ralph Stanley, "Lift Him Up, That's All" [9][10] on the album Ralph Stanley
  • 2011 – Ralph Stanley, "Lift Him Up, That's All" [9] on the album A Mother's Prayer [11]

Other songs

The refrain has some resemblances to that of the 1903 hymn "Lift Him Up" by Johnson Oatman, Jr., but the music and verses are different.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ Corcoran, Michael (December 29, 2002). "Exhuming the Legend of Washington Phillips".  
  2. ^ "Washington Phillips discography". wirz.de. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Washington Phillips Lift Him Up That's All Lyrics". Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ George Washington Phillips: Lift Him Up That's All at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ A.C. Forehand / Blind Mamie Forehand / George Washington Phillips: Lift Him up That's All at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Lift Him Up That's All at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Blind Benny Paris and Wife: Lift Him Up That's All at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Blind Benny Paris and Wife (Vocal group)". ucsb.edu. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Ralph Stanley: Lift Him Up, That's All, Composed by Washington Phillips at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Ralph Stanley: Lift Him Up That's All at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Deming, Mark. Ralph Stanley: A Mother's Prayer at AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Lift Him Up (Oatman)". nethymnal.org. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 


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