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You Are Not Alone

by Mavis Staples

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released September 14, 2010

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Track Name: Don't Knock
You don’t knock, don’t knock just walk on in. The door to heaven’s gate, there’s love and joy for you to share the whole day through. I know my friends are there to rest in heavens nest. You don’t knock, ring, push a hole. The doors wide open waiting for your soul. You don’t knock, you just walk on in.

I’ve walked night’s winding road, trying to rid this load

Traveled both night and day so tired could hardly pray

Jesus my light and my guide, he’s forever by my side

So I’m walking and a knocking into heaven with pride

I have no need to fear, He is ever near

He’ll know my work was true, so glad the day is through

It wasn’t for me to say, didn’t think I made my way

So I’m walking and knocking into heaven, goodbye.

You don’t knock you just walk on in.
Track Name: You Are Not Alone
You’re not alone, I’m with you, I’m lonely too

What’s that song: can’t be sung by two

My broken home, a broken heart, isolated and afraid

Open up this is a raid, I want to get it through to you, you’re not alone.

You’re not alone, every night; I stand in your place. Every tear, on every face, tastes the same

My broken dream, a broken heart, isolated and afraid

An open hand, an open heart. There’s no need to be afraid

I want to get it through to you

You’re not alone

Gonna get it through to you, you’re not alone.
Track Name: Downward Road
The downward road is crowded, well it’s crowded, yes it is, crowded. The downward road is crowded with unbelieving souls!

Young people who delight in sin. Telling you what I‘ve plainly seen

Poor and godless woman died, she didn’t have Jesus on her side

She Laughed and played her time away. Still put off her dying day

The lord all mighty had his plan all fixed

Friday morning the woman took sick

Well she called her mother to her room to listen to her dying dooms

Your prayers are lost, you pray for me ma, my soul is doomed I can plainly see

So mother and father fair thee well your wicked daughter’s doomed to hell
Track Name: In Christ There Is No East Or West
In Christ there is no east or west, no north or south

Only one great love, inside and out

True hearts everywhere, some deaf, and some blind

Singing one melody, lost souls cannot find

Join hands and have faith

Whatever your race may be: Who serves my father and the son, he surely came to me

In Christ no need for east or west

There is No black or white, only one great love, hatred cannot divide

Forgive your enemies, surely were all a part of one big family

Whatever your race may be: who serves my father and the son, he surely came to me

Forgive your enemies, surely we all are a part of one big one big family
Track Name: Creep Along Moses
Didn't old pharoah get lost, get lost, get lost Didn't old pharoah get lost, yes, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea.

Ol' Satan wears an old iron shoe Tryin' to cross the Red Sea, If you don't mind he’ll slip it on you Tryin' to cross the Red Sea. I wonder what the Devil keeps grumblin' about, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea, He's down in Hell and can't get out, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea

Creep along, Moses, Moses creep along, Creep along Moses, I thank God. Creep along, Moses, Moses creep along, Creep along Moses, I’m going home

I went down in the valley an' I didn't go to stay, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea, My soul got happy an' I stayed all day, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea.

I went down in the valley to offer up prayer, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea, When I got there, ol' Satan was there, Tryin' to cross the Red Sea. And I fell down upon my knees Tryin' to cross the Red Sea. Cried ‘Lord have mercy, if you please’
Track Name: Losing You
Was a fool with my money And I lost every dime And the sun stopped shining And it rained all the time It did set me back some But I made it through But I’ll never get over losing you

Do you know how much you mean to me? Should’ve told you ‘cause it’s true I’d get over losing anything But I’ll never get over losing you

When you’re young And there’s time To forget the past You don’t think that you will But you do But I know that I don’t have time enough And I’ll never get over losing you

I’ve been cold I’ve been hungry But not for awhile I guess most of my dreams have come true With it all here around me No peace do I find ‘Cause I’ll never get over losing you No, I’ll never get over losing you
Track Name: I Belong To The Band
Hallelujah, Hallelujah I belong to the band, hallelu

What kind of band you talking about Talking about that Christian band I belong to the band, hallelu

Yes I belong to this band Take care of that Christian belong to this band You got to get right If you belong to this band And then all that you can write Happen the be that a way You know how to treat everybody you know But you have to keep belonging to this band

What kind of band you talking about? Talking about that Union band I belong to the band Mean for you mean to get you


Talk about me just as much as you please Talk about you down on my knees I belong to the band hallelu You gonna be talked about

I wanna know you ain’t no better than Christ You gonna be talked about anywhere you go People gonna say all manner of things about you But you gonna be belonging to the band

Going to heaven, gonna sit right down Gonna ask my lord for a starry crown

Better get ready and get right for this band Got to get right for this band To belong to this band
Track Name: Last Train
Last train a-running between the water With a power line Last train a-running around the hill Last train a-leaving on the quarter Hour time Last chance to cast your last thread

Thisa world is getting so much faster It’s too sad For a train a-going down slow

And I forgot to leave her, oh with the laughter It’s too bad When it's in my nature to lay low

You got me huffing and puffing and chugging like a choo-choo train A huffing and puffing and chugging like a choo-choo train Hissing and kissing and missing like a beau coup brain Huffing and puffing and chugging like a choo-choo train

Just like the engine at the junction, feeling down My head is wondering where to go

And you’ve a got so many different trips you know My face is wondering where to show

Just like the engine at the junction, feeling down My head is wondering where to go
Track Name: Only The Lord Knows
When I get feeling, hurting and reeling

Get so sad I go to bed; I stare at the ceiling I dream about dreaming

Woke up this morning shaking my head

I pick up the paper, I put down the paper

Turn on the TV, I get confused, People on this side say the people on that side

They lie and say they’re lying, everybody’s confused

CHORUS: What can you do, what can you do when you can’t trust anybody to tell you the truth,

Can’t trust him can’t trust her, what to do what to do now. Only the lord knows and he ain’t you.

I talk to my teacher, I talk to my deacon, talk to my sister, talk to my fans

Hit by the wheeling, hit by the dealing, hit by a feeling, it’s out of my hands

I pick up the paper, I put down the paper

Turn on the TV, I get confused, People on this side say the people on that side

They lie and say they’re lying, everybody’s confused

Only the Lord knows and he ain’t you.
Track Name: Wrote A Song For Everyone
Met myself a comin' county welfare line. I was feelin' strung out, Hung out on the line. Saw myself a goin', down to war in June. All I want, All I want is to write myself a tune.

Wrote A Song For Ev'ryone, Wrote a song for truth. Wrote A Song For Ev'ryone When I couldn't even talk to you.

Got myself arrested, Wound me up in jail. Richmond 'bout to blow up, Communication failed. If you see the answer, now's the time to say. All I want, All I want is to get you down to pray.

Saw the people standin' thousand years in chains. Somebody said it's diff'rent now, look, it's just the same. Pharoahs spin the message, round and round the truth. They could have saved a million people, How can I tell you?
Track Name: We're Gonna Make It
We may not have a cent to pay the rent But were gonna make it, I know we will We may have to eat beans every day But were gonna make it, I know we will And if a job is hard to find And we have to stand in the welfare line I've got your love and you know you got mine So were gonna make it, I know we will

We may not have a home to call our own But were gonna make it, I know we will We may have to fight hardships alone But were gonna make it, I know we will Cause togetherness brings peace of mind We can't stay down all the time I've got your love and you know you got mine So were gonna make it, I know we will

Our car may be old, our two rooms cold But were gonna make it, I know we will We may not can spare a roach a crumb But were gonna make it, I know we will And if I have to carry round a sign Sayin Help the deaf, the dumb, and the blind I got your love and you know you got mine So were gonna make it, I know we will

Were gonna make it Were gonna make it, baby It might seem hard sometime But don't worry, darlin baby Were gonna keep on tryin’
Track Name: Wonderful Savior
I have found a wonderful savior Who has freely bless-ed me forever I am his (Lord I am his) And he is mine Halleujah

Lord He is ever walking beside me He’s my redeemer He’ll never deny me I am His (Lord I am His) And he is mine (And ever) He is mine Yes Jesus is mine (Sure thing Jesus is mine) And I know this is true (Lord and I’m forgiven) I am holding his hand (Just going to) On my way to heaven

I have found a wonderful savior Who has freely blessing me forever I am His (Lord I am His) And he is mine (He is mine)

All of my burden now is behind me Nevermore temptation to find me I am His (Great God I’m His) And he is mine Halleujah He is ever walking beside me He bound trust And he never deny me I am His (Great Lord I’m His) And he is mine He is mine

Jesus is mine (Sure thing Jesus is mine) And I know this is true (Lord and I’m forgiven) I am holding his hand (I’m going to) Forgiveness On my way to heaven

I have found a wonderful savior Who has freely blessing me forever I am His (Lord I am His) And he is mine

I shall follow Jesus to the glory Even holler his wonderful story I am his (Great God I’m his) And He is mine Hallelujah

Heeding blessed prayers and I’m believing and I’m signing I am His (Great God I’m His) And he is mine

Yes Jesus is mine (Sure thing Jesus is mine) And I know this is true (Just holding his hand) I am holding his hand (Just going to) Forgiveness On my way to heaven

I have found a wonderful savior Who has freely blessing me forever I am his (Great Lord I’m his) And he is mine
Track Name: Too Close / On My Way To Heaven
I’m too close to reaching my journeys end

Lord I’m too close, to turn back living in a world of sin

I wouldn’t take nothing, Lord for my journey now

You know I sure got to make it to heaven some how

I’m too close, too close to reaching my goal

Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, I said I’m too close, too close to saving my soul

You know I’m too close, to heaven to turn around, just can’t turn around.

Anyhow, anyhow, my lord.

Down at the cross oh lord you sure got around

You know that I’m on my way to heaven any how

Lord you may, you may shout, you may scorn

Scared alive, scared alive my name

You know that on my way, on my way, on my way, on my way

Sometimes burden, I’m on my way, I get so tired sometimes, I’m on my way

My road gets a rocky,

I’m on my way

I wonder if you’re on your way, I wonder, are you on you’re way

I am on my way to heaven anyhow, anyhow.