"You Gotta Move" by Mississippi Fred McDowell



For a while, I thought Christian blues was basically non-existent. And I wrote Sons of Korah Blues. But then, ChristianityToday posted an article for Lent that connected blues to the holy season and also gave a list of songs and artists, sampling Christian blues.


It was a difficult decision, but my favorite from the list is "You Gotta Move." Although it's been covered (loosely) by big name bands such as Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, my favorite rendition (both for lyrics and musical execution) is by Mississippi Fred McDowell. This song could be sung in a church during Lent or anytime during the year. Lyrics below:


You gotta move, you gotta move, You gotta move, you gotta move. When my God gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You may be high, you may be low. You may be rich, yeah, you may be poor. But when the Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You may be old, you may be young. You may be weak, you may be high-strung. But when the good Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


You see that woman who walks the street. You see that cop man who walks his beat. But when the Lord gets ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.


Yeah I was hangin' with the devil when we made a pact. I'm drinkin' welfare whiskey smokin' food stamp crack. It was one part sour, two parts sweet. Three parts strong, and four parts weak.


I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself

Than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.


You gotta move, you gotta move, you gotta move, you got to move. When the God get ready, you gotta move, you gotta move.

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