Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Morning with Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

While there is no writers on record for "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", it seems to have come a history as a spiritual in the African American churches in the latter half of the 19th century. It was soon adopted by Christians across the south, and being sung and recorded by musicians like Red Foley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Elvis Presley. Oh, yes, and by the magical voice of Patsy Cline.

The next song was written by Charles Davis Tillman, who used the words of the poem "Truth Reflects upon Our Senses", written by Mormon poetess Eliza Roxcy Snow. He did this at the turn of the century, a time when using Mormon work would be frowned upon by Southern Christians. The refrain was worded by Georgia Baptist preacher M. E. Abbey, perhaps an attempt to get beyond the issue. However, it did not hold the song back, as it went on to become one of the most popular and frequently recorded songs in history. Enjoy as Patsy is joined by Willie Nelson on "Life's A Railroad to Heaven".

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