Dry Bones

Not to be confused with "dem bones, dem bones..", this song was recorded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1929 and reissued by Folkways in Harry Smith's collection, Anthology of American Folk Music. Bascom was a country lawyer from western North Carolina who dedicated his life to the preservation of mountain folk traditions. He recorded hundreds of songs for the Library of Congress and started the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival . This is probably the earliest american folk festival and is still going string in Asheville, NC.

I love Bascom's soft and kind voice, especially on the early recordings. If a voice can be said to have a 'twinkle in the eye' that would describe the voice of Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

The banjo arrangement is inspired by Bascom's performance but is mostly my own.


Old Enoch he lived to be three-hundred and sixty-five,
When the Lord came and took him back to heaven alive.

I saw, I saw the light from heaven
A-shinin’ all around.
I saw the light come shining,
I saw that light come down.

When Paul prayed in prison, them prison walls fell down.
The prison keeper shouted, “Redeeming Love I’ve found.”

I saw, I saw the light from heaven . . .

When Moses saw that a-burning bush, he walked it ’round and ’round.
And the Lord said to Moses, “You’s treadin’ holy ground.”

I saw, I saw the light from heaven . . .

Dry bones in that valley got up and took a little walk.
The deaf could hear and the dumb could talk.

I saw, I saw the light from heaven . . .

Adam and Eve in the garden under that sycamore tree.
Eve said to Adam, “Satan never tempted me.”

I saw, I saw the light from heaven . . .

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