Since I Laid my Burden Down

Odetta. She lives in our songs.

This old African-American spiritual is well known especially in the Mississippi delta country. Everyone does it a little differently and I have taken bits of lyric, tune and inspiration from the performances of Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis, Mississippi Fred McDowel, Roy Acuff, and Odetta. Some sing "When I lay my burden down" others "Since I laid my burden down." I can't decide so I alternate.

I did not know Odetta had sung this song until I saw her performance at the Garrison Institute and it made me cry. She put completely new meaning into the song. I am going to miss her so.

Lyrics: 

Glory glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down.
Glory glory, hallelujah, since I laid my burden down.

No more sickness no more sorrow when I lay my burden down
No more sickness no more sorrow since I laid my burden down

I'm gonna ask my dearest brother help me lay this burden down
I'm gonna ask my dearest sister help me lay this burden down

Glory glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down.
Glory glory, hallelujah, since I laid my burden down.

I'm going home to live with Jesus when I lay my burden down
I'm going home to live with Jesus when I lay my burden down

I'm gonna shake glad hands with angels when I lay my burden down
I'm gonna shake glad hands with angels when I lay my burden down

Glory glory, hallelujah, when I lay my burden down
Glory glory, hallelujah, since I laid my burden down

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Tuning: 
C standard