(alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 03:55
Samson and Delilah w&m: traditional LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/SAMSON.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 03:56
Samson and Delilah Lyrics: Traditional Music: Traditional Chorus: If I had my way If I had my way If I had my way I would tear this whole building down Delilah was a woman, she was fine and fair She had good looks - God knows - and coal black hair Delilah she gained old Samson's mind When first he saw this woman, she looked so fine Delilah she climbed up on Samson's knee Said tell me where your strength lies, if you please Then she spoke so kind, she talked so fair That Samson said, Delilah you cut off my hair You can shave my head, cleanse my hand My strength comes as natural as any other man [chorus] You read about Samson, all from his birth He was the strongest man ever had lived on earth One day while Samson was walking along Looked down on the ground he saw an old jaw bone Then he stretched out his arm and his chains broke like threads And when he got to move, ten thousand were dead [chorus] Now Samson and the lion, they got in attack And Samson he walked up on the lion's back You read about this lion, he killed a man with his paw Samson got hands up round the lion's jaw He ripped that beast, killed it dead And the bees made honey in the lion's head [chorus]
Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 8 Jun 04 06:22
Some of the early recordings of this song are now available on CD. The Blind Willie Johnson version is well know and has been available for some time. But from about the same time (1927) are: "If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down" by Rev T.E.Weems on "Preachers and Congregations Vol 7: 1925-1928" "Samson And The Woman" by Rev J.M.Gates on "Rev J.M.Gates Vol 5:1927" "If I Had My Way" by Rev T.T.Rose on "Gospel Singers & Preachers" [thanks to Randy Jackson and Eric Levy for help in identifying these]
from DEBBIE BURTON (tnf) Mon 7 Mar 05 09:20
Debbie Burton writes: When I was young I learned a song from a single About Samson and Delilah If I had my way I'd tear this building down Now at age 46 I still don't know who sang it. But I have clues now. Sounded like a young man of color Bass in the background Good beat Sounded like Jazz I should have been on a single somewhere between 1955and 1960. The song is the same but the words have been somewhat changed. Example - You read about ole Samson, you read about his birth Now Samson was the strongest man that ever walked on earth Now the....bible tells us down in ancient times that he, kilt a thousand of the Philistines You see one day ole Samson was....walkin alone when he .... looked on the ground and spied that....ole jaw bone And then he....picked up that jaw bone and swung it round his head When that..... jaw bone came down now, a thousand were dead If I had my way If I had my way If I had my way praise God Almighty, I would tear this buildin down I loved this song as a child and would love to know who in the world sang it and possible get a copy somewhere. It was full of movement and swing. Can you help me find this recording or artist? Debbie in Ky.
beneath the blue suburban skies (aud) Mon 7 Mar 05 09:20
Peter Paul & Mary's version
Christian Crumlish (xian) Mon 7 Mar 05 09:56
or Rev Gary Davis's PP&M has the "If I had my way [in this wicked world]" line, eh?
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