Keep Your Lamp

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning.
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning.
Keep your lamp trimmed and burning.
See what the Lord has done.
Well, brother, don’t get weary.
Well, brother, don’t get weary.
Well, brother, don’t get weary.
The time is almost nigh.
Well, your journey’s almost over.
Well, your journey’s almost over.
Well, your journey’s almost over.
See what the Lord had done.
(Repeat, replacing “brother” with “sister,” etc.)

Notes:

The song has been attributed to Blind Willie Johnson, who recorded it in 1928; to Mississippi Fred McDowell, who recorded it in 1959; and to Reverend Gary Davis, who recorded it sometime before 1961

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