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Your Good Fortune

by Mavis Staples

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released April 21, 2015

Produced by Son Little
Except Your Good Fortune and Wish I Had Answered produced by Son Little and Count

Recorded at the Blue Room in Princeton, NJ and Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, IL.

Engineer (at CRC): Steve Weeder; Assistant Engineer: Jonathan Lackey

Mixed & mastered by Count

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Track Name: Your Good Fortune
Why did you spend your good fortune on me
Why did you spend your good fortune on me
Did you lead me to suffer
Just to shuffle and breath
Did you pick through the litters
And just settled on me
Am I just a play thing
Or the wind like a leaf
Or did you lead me exactly where I need to be
Tell me why did you spend your good fortune on me
Why did you spend your good fortune on me
I can tell you of sorrows, of losing of pain
I can cry through….(1:53)…
It will wash you away
I can give you one reason, two reasons, or three
I can tell you about heartache, loneliness and grief
So why did you spend your good fortune on me
ooo why did you spend your good fortune on me
I can tell you a story
Tell it simple and plain
Tell you life is a candle
It flickers in arm of flame
So if I give you one reason
For me to say what I’m sayin’
I say that you are the answer
To my question everyday
Saying why did you spend your good fortune on me
Tell me why did you spend your great fortune on me
Why did you spend your glorious fortune on me
Why did you spend your glorious fortune on me
On me x4
Track Name: Fight
Out on the streets of Mary Sally old road (?)
Can’t get me out unless you use a shoe horn
Even destruction but you still talking free trade
You give me lemons and I make lemonade
So I pray, though I’m tired, but this can’t wait, so we fight
They say you earn a penny, each one you save
Easy to save it when you don’t need a dang thing
Talking ‘bout Jesus but you treat people dead and wrong
Looking for answers but you singing the same song
Your economics well they sure need a change
You know damn well them CEO’s need no raise
Freedom and justice well they don’t play a thing
Prop up your puppets and you kill the real king
So I pray, though I’m tired, but this can’t wait, so we fight
(Fight) x4
I hear my momma callin’ all the way home
I’m in no hurry go on push it right on
Yea I’m a soldier but I don’t use a gun
Out on the road there’s no ma, daddy kept one
They say you earn a penny, each one you save
Won’t mean nothing when you’re down in the grave
You know there is no really, just a fine means
Prop up your puppets and it follows
So I pray, though I’m tired, this can’t wait, so we fight
So I pray, though I’m tired, this can’t wait, so we fight
Track Name: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Going away don’t you wanna go
Going away don’t you wanna go
Going away don’t you wanna go
Going to my home on the other shore
There is just one kind favor I ask of you
There is one kind favor I ask of you one kind favor I ask of you
See that my grave is kept clean
Dig my grave with a silver spade
Won’t you dig my grave with a silver spade
Dig my grave with a silver spade
Ease me down with a rope and chain
Did you ever hear a church bell tone
Did you ever hear those church bells tone
Have you ever heard church bells tone
Then you know I’m dead and gone
They say those streets are paved with gold
Well they say those streets are paved with gold
But they say the streets they’re paved with gold
Lord have mercy on my soul
Oh lord have mercy on my soul
Lord have mercy on my soul
Oh lord have mercy on my soul
Track Name: Wish I Had Answered
Come and follow me
You know the master said
don’t wait till tomorrow or you may be dead
I was young and I wanted to play
Said I’d wait just one more day
Don’t you know I wish
Wish I had answered
Said I wish
Wish I had answered
Oh I wish I had answered when he called
Early one morning I felt the pain
Felt like death then signed my name
Started to tremble deep down inside yeah
And I felt the fear of the swelling tide
Don’t you know wish I had answered
Said I wish I had answered
Ooo I wish I had answered when he called
So many doctors stood around my bed
One walked away oh he shook his head
Said “you’re fever, 102” said, “I don’t believe I can pull you through”
Don’t you know I wish I had answered
Said I wished I had answered
Oh I wish I had answered when he called
Then the fever rose to 103
The doctor walked around and took a look at me
Oh it rose to 104
He said oh death is knocking at your door
Oh it rose to 105, said ‘I don’t believe you will survive”
Mmm lord I wish I had answered
Oh lord I wish I had answered
Oh lord I wish I had answered when he called
Don’t you know I wish
Wish I had answered
Oh lord I wish
Wish I had answered
Yea lord I wish I had answered when he called

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