In My Time of Dying

first recorded in 1927 by Blind Willie Johnson as 'Jesus Make Up My Dyin' Bed',
in 1929 by Charley Patton as 'Jesue is a Dying Bed Maker', in 1933 by Josh
White as 'In My Time of Dying', in 1961 by Bob Dylan as 'In My Time of Dyin',
in 1975 by Led Zeppelin as 'In My Time of Dying'. Other variants include
'Toll the Bell Easy' by The Golden Gate Quartet, 'Tone the Bell Easy' by Harry
Belafonte  and 'Well, Well,Well' by The Soul Stirrers

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In My Time of Dyin'

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Paul Castle, acoustic guitar, vocals ;
Fliss Premru, fiddle, vocals; Will Sneyd, fiddle, vocals 
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IN MY TIME OF DYIN'
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1. In my time of dyin'
    Don't want nobody to mourn
    All I want for you to do
    Is to take my body home
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Well, well, well
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up my dyin' bed.


2. Meet me Jesus meet me
    Meet me in the middle of the air
    If these wings should fail me Lord
    Won't you meet me with another pair
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Well, well, well
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up my dyin' bed.

3. In my time of dyin'
    Don't want nobody to cry
    All I want for you to do
    Is to take me when I die
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Well, well, well
    Well, well, well so I can die easy
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up
    Jesus gonna make up my dyin' bed.

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Song History / Major Recordings

This page is an attempt to uncover the song's "spiritual" roots and
to trace its history through various significant recordings over the
years up to the present day.

"Jesus Goin' A-makeup My Dyin' Bed."

According to this Mudcat post, the above title is listed in the Index
to Negro Spirituals
published by Cleveland Public Libraries c 1937
(rev ed CBMR Monographs Number 3 - 1991)

"Spirituals originated in the first half of the 1800s, when widespread
efforts to convert slaves to Christianity occurred during the Second
Great Awakening. The words to spirituals emphasize Biblical imagery,
particularly Old Testament stories of liberation from bondage and
New Testament stories from the life of Jesus and the apocalyptic
visions of the Book of Revelation. Musical performance practice
remained essentially African. The most common musical format
was call-and-response, with a song leader singing improvised verses
while a group provided short repetitive and often rhythmic responses.
The songs themselves could be slow and mournful or in a more
rhythmic and up-tempo style also associated with the ring shout,
a holy dance."

CBMR - Center for Black Music Research, Chicago




"Jesus Make Up My Dyin' Bed" by Blind Willie Johnson (recorded in 1927)

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Extract from the All Music biography by Joslyn Layne

Seminal gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one
of the greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. Yet the Texas street-corner
evangelist is known as much for the his powerful and fervent gruff
voice as he is for his ability as a guitarist. He most often sang in a
rough, bass voice (only occasionally delivering in his natural tenor)
with a volume meant to be heard over the sounds of the streets.
Johnson recorded a total of 30 songs during a three-year period and
many of these became classics of the gospel-blues, including "Jesus
Make up My Dying Bed"........

On December 3, 1927, Columbia Records brought Blind Willie
Johnson into the studio where he recorded six songs that became
some of his most enduring recordings: a song about Samson and
Delilah called "If I Had My Way," "Mother's Children Have a Hard
Time" (often understood as "motherless children"), "It's Nobody's
Fault but Mine," "Jesus Make up My Dying Bed," " I Know His
Blood Can Make Me Whole," and Johnson's single most-acclaimed
song, "Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground," which is about
the crucifixion of Christ.

see full biography here


The Complete Blind Willie Johnson

"The Complete Blind Willie Johnson"
(2 discs - 40 tracks including "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed"

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"Jesue Is A Dying-Bed Maker" by Charley Patton (1929)

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Jesue was a Dying Bed Maker

Charley Patton Biography (All Music Guide)

If the Delta country blues has a convenient source point, it would
probably be Charley Patton, its first great star. His hoarse,
impassioned singing style, fluid guitar playing, and unrelenting
beat made him the original king of the Delta blues. Much more
than your average itinerant musician, Patton was an acknowledged
celebrity and a seminal influence on musicians throughout the
Delta....more

Best of Charley Patton


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"In My Time of Dying" by Josh White (recorded in 1933)

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Extracts from the Josh White biography @
http://www.joshwhitejr.com/biojwsr.html


JOSH WHITE (1915 - 1969) was the artist most responsible for
introducing black folk, blues and spiritual music to white America
and the rest of the world.

.....From the ages 7 - 16, young Joshua's career was spent
malnourished, dressed in rags and shoeless, sleeping in fields hiding
from the Ku Klux Klan, while witnessing lynching and a black man
burned at the stake, as he led (walked) 66 different old, blind, black
street singers across America (among them, Blind Lemon Jefferson,
Blind Blake, Blind Joe Taggert)---where during the 'day' he would
dance, sing, play the tambourine and collect the coins for the old
men, and where 'at night', while hiding in the field, he would practice
the guitar, and develop his own unique guitar stylings and vast song
repertoire and eventually, while still as a child, would begin recording
landmark vocal/guitar duets with Joe Taggert in Chicago (1928)....and
a solo record career in New York (1932).
read full biography here


Josh White

Lyrics as recorded by "Joshua White, The Singing Christian"
(JOSH WHITE, vocal/guitar), New York, NY, Aug 15, 1933 -
transcribed by Manfred Helfert.




Josh White - Free & Equal Blues
(Smithsonian Folkways Audio CD)
26 tracks including "In My Time of Dying"
available from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk



Great Bluesmen in Britain (Avid)
Various Artists - 32 tracks including
Josh White - He's A Dyin' Bed Maker
(Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed)

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Josh White (02/11/1914 - 09/05/1969) Discography




Twenty-One Negro Spirituals
Americana No. 3, Recorded by So. Carolina Project Workers,
Effingham, South Carolina Author: Federal Writers' Project,
South Carolina Publication: The Viking Press Date: 1937

Number 3

Oh, when I am er dyin'
I don't want nobody to moan
All I want yer to do fer me
Is jes' give dat bell a tone
Den I'll be crossin' over
I'll be crossin' over
Den I'll be crossin' over
Jesus gonna make up my dyin' bed



"Toll the Bell Easy" by The Golden Gate Quartet

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Golden Gate Quartet

from the album "Golden Gate Quartet, Vol. 4: 1939-1943"
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"Jesus Goin' Make Up My Dyin' Bed" by Dock Reed

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The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

Nearly 25 hours of recordings featuring 300 performers that
John and Ruby Lomax recorded during their three-month trip
through the southern United States in 1939

including:
Jesus Goin' Make Up My Dyin' Bed
(Dock Reed, Vera Hall & Jesse Allison, Livingston AL, 1939)

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"Well, Well, Well" by The Soul Stirrers (c. 1950)

The Soul Stirrers

included on the compilation CD "All of My Appointed Time"
Kings of Harmony/Soul Stirrers (various artists)

All I want you to do for me
Is to give that bell a tone
Well, well, well, just tone it easy
Well, well, well, just tone it easy
Well, well, well, just tone it easy
Jesus gonna make up my dyin' bed





"In My Time of Dyin' by Bob Dylan (recorded in 1961)

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This is one of the few songs that Dylan recorded but has never
performed live.

According to Stacey Williams' liner notes for Bob Dylan's 1962
debut album  http://bobdylan.com/linernotes/bobdylan.html

"Dylan had never sung In My Time of Dyin' prior to this
recording session. He does not recall where he first heard it.
The guitar is fretted with the lipstick holder he borrowed from
his girl, Susie Rotolo, who sat devotedly and wide-eyed through
the recording session."

See the new Suze Rotolo biography "A Freewheelin' Time :
A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties"
Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com

Lyrics as recorded by BOB DYLAN, New York, NY, Nov 20, 1961;
transcribed by Manfred Helfert.






"Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed" by Mississippi Fred McDowell
(recorded in 1964 - on 'My Home Is In The Delta - Blues and Spirituals'
by Fred and Annie McDowell and 'Amazing Grace' (Testament TCD
5004) by Fred McDowell And The Hunter's Chapel Singers



Also released in 2003 on
'Heroes of the Blues : The Very Best Of Mississippi Fred McDowell'

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see full Mississippi Fred McDowell discography







"Well Well Well" by John Sebastian (recorded in 1971)

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included on "The Best Of John Sebastian" CD from
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Physical Graffiti - Led Zepellin


"In My Time of Dying" by Led Zeppelin
(recorded in 1975 and included on their 'Physical Graffiti' album)
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Lyrics as sung by Led Zeppelin

Extract from The Blue Highway article
"led bucket o'blood" by rachel s hanks

"inspired by [blind willie] johnson's jesus, make up my dying bed,
zeppelin adapted and manipulated the apocalyptical tune and
renamed it 'in my time of dying'. in my opinion, this piece best
represents zeppelin's keen sensitivity to light and shade. no other
song better exemplifies their fragile but powerful use of dynamics,
both in subject and sound. the song begins with a series of
melancholy danelectro guitar slides, very mellow and hymnlike in
nature, only to explode with an unexpected surge of sexual energy.
the two play off one another and build intensity, only to recede back
into docile churchmode again.

read the full article here.

There's also an interesting post by Chris M Zangara on the Experts:
Led Zeppelin list [
which kindly references this page]  - see
http://experts.about.com/q/Led-Zeppelin-501/Time-Dying.htm 



Pop Staples

"Jesus Is Going to Make up (My Dying Bed)" by Pop Staples
(produced by Ry Cooder and included on his 1994 album
Father Father)

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Kelly Joe Phelps - Lead Me On

"Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed" by Kelly Joe Phelps
(included on his 1994 album "Lead Me On")

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Lyrics to Kelly Joe Phelps' version



Rough Harvest - John Mellencamp

"In My Time of Dying" by John Mellencamp
(included on his 1999 album 'Rough Harvest')

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"In My Time of Dying" by The Be Good Tanyas
from their 2002 album "Chinatown"

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In My Time of Dyin' by The Lovell Sisters from their album 'Time To Grow'
The Lovell Sisters/ Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com



The Rosinators

"In My Time of Dyin'" by The Rosinators
included on the 2003 album "The Rosinators"


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Note: If you have any comments about this page or can suggest
additional links or stories to add to this research, please write to
Paul Castle




Lyrics/Song history research on other recordings by The Rosinators

Old Joe Clark
Orange Blossom Special
One Kind Favour
I Saw the Light (Hank Williams)
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Cindy's Breakdown (aka Get Along Home Cindy)
Joli Blon (aka Jolie Blonde)
Little Sadie

Looking for the Stone (aka Daniel Saw The Stone)
Poncho's Lament (Tom Waits)

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