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Blind Willie Johnson, "The Soul of a Man"





Going back to the roots of blues we'd like to talk this time about Blind Willie Johnson.
"The Soul of a Man" is a gospel blues song recorded by this Great Artist in 1930. As with most of Johnson's songs, it deals with a spiritual theme within a blues musical framework. Accompanying Johnson (vocal and guitar) is Willie B. Harris, sometimes identified as his first wife, who sang harmony on the refrain.






"Won't somebody tell me, answer if you can!
Want somebody tell me, what is the soul of a man

I'm going to ask the question, answer if you can
If anybody here can tell me, what is the soul of a man?

I've traveled in different countries, I've traveled foreign lands

I've found nobody to tell me, what is the soul of a man
I saw a crowd stand talking, I came up right on time

Were hearing the doctor and the lawyer, say a man ain't nothing but his mind

I read the bible often, I tries to read it right
As far as I can understand, a man is more than his mind

When Christ stood in the temple, the people stood amazed

Was showing the doctors and the lawyers, how to raise a body from the grave..."

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