"White Dress" as written by and David Eric Swarbrick....
Long before morning without a warning
Annie came calling to little Louisa
Wearing the moonlight but wanting the sunlight
She stood at her bedside and poured out her heart
"Get up and tell mama all that I said
Because I can't move ahead unless I can get a white dress"
Charlotte O'Grady, a dear hearted lady

She seemed nearly eighty years coming and going
One night while she's dreaming
Her mother comes pleading
"Charlotte, I'm needing your help to move on
Now, don't wait for nothing, the moment is today
Take up my name and see that I get a white dress"
Mothers and daughters are shedding a tear
Heaven's rejoicing as Jesus draws near
And it's like this

They're getting their white dress
In Wichita, Kansas, Neddie and Frances
Bow over breakfast to start out the day
When the voice of the spirit pays them a visit
Says, "it's time to get with it, there's family to save
Your fathers and mothers are biding their time
They're waiting for you to help them get dressed up in white"
Neddie and Frances are filled with desire

They're searching through records and feeling the fire
And after each day's acquired
It's up to god's mountain where white is applied
And he in his robe and she in her gown
They're doing their best to turn it around
And they won't rest until all are in white dress

Walking with Jesus in white, wearing their white dress
Walking with Jesus in white, wearing their white dress
Walking with Jesus in white, wearing their white dress
Walking with Jesus in white, wearing their white dress
Before the lord's coming, Elijah's been stirring
And fathers are turning to you and to me


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"White Dress" as written by David Eric Swarbrick

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    General CommentI will pre warn you, this will be a lengthy explaination and it will all be based on well documented fact that I will be happy to provide you if you contact me requesting it.

    This song is about Exaltation or eternal progression a belief among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church aka Mormon) that mankind, as spirit children of their Father and Mother in Heaven, can become like them. Exaltation is the highest goal of a Mormon, to become a God.

    I will break the song down by verse and explain what it means.

    (long before morning without a warning
    annie came calling to little louisa
    wearing the moonlight but wanting the sunlight
    she stood at her bedside and poured out her heart
    "get up and tell mama all that i said
    because i can't move ahead unless i can get a white dress" ) This verse is about a deceased woman named Annie who we can assume from the song is Lousia's sister, she visits her sister in the night from the telestial kingdom (clothed in the moonlight) or the 2nd level of mormon heaven to let her know to tell thier mom to have temple endowments done in her proxy so that she can obtain the 3rd level of heaven (but wanting the sunlight) known as the Celestial Kingdom, or to mormons the highest degree of exaltation. In the endowments each person is given white garments that they must be buried in in order to be ressurected and exalted.
    (charlotte o'grady, a dear-hearted lady,
    she seemed nearly eighty years coming and going
    one night while she's dreaming
    her mother comes pleading
    "charlotte, i'm needing your help to move on
    now, don't wait for nothing, the moment is today
    take up my name and see that i get a white dress")
    Again, A night vision from someone wanting endowments done by proxy so they can be exalted.

    (mothers and daughters are shedding a tear
    heaven's rejoicing as jesus draws near
    and it's like this they're getting their white dress)

    This verse is a scene in heaven of Jesus giving them thier temple garments and exalting them.

    (in wichita, kansas, neddie and frances
    bow over breakfast to start out the day
    when the voice of the spirit pays them a visit
    says, "it's time to get with it, there's family to save
    your fathers and mothers are biding their time
    they're waiting for you to help them get dressed up in white"

    neddie and frances are filled with desire
    they're searching through records and feeling the fire
    and after each day's acquired
    it's up to god's mountain where white is applied
    and he in his robe and she in her gown
    they're doing their best to turn it around
    and they won't rest until all are in white dress)

    I ran these two verses together to explain that in them the couple receive a message presumably from the Spirit of God telling them that many of thier ancestors are in need of proxy endowments and they begin to do geneological research to find the names of all thier relatives (neddie and frances are filled with desire
    they're searching through records and feeling the fire
    and after each names acquired) After they find them they go to the temple (it's up to god's mountain) to perform proxy endowments and they do this over and over again until they have been sealed for each ancestor.

    (walking with jesus in white, wearing their white dress
    walking with jesus in white, wearing their white dress
    walking with jesus in white, wearing their white dress
    walking with jesus in white, wearing their white dress)

    Another scene of them in heaven after exaltation walking with Jesus.

    (before the lord's coming, elijah's been stirring
    and fathers are turning to you and to me)
    Refering to the nearness of the return of the Lord and a plea for mormons to get busy and do the proxy work.

    I hope this has explained this song for anyone who may want to know. It sounds strange but it is actual Mormon doctrine, Again, I can provide information that supports all of this information.

    Just thought I would post this, I would be interested in knowing others opinions on the song or what the song means to you.
    tomyartiston March 06, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song and I am really glad to see both the lyrics and your explanation of the song. I am a Family History Director and I have the song on my ipad. I was hoping that I would be able to find the lyrics. I hope to use the lyrics in a Sacrament meeting talk with your permission. I would like to inspire the members to come to the Family History Library and work on their Family History. The song relays the Spirit so strongly and the urgency for us to take our ancestors to receive their White Dress.
    mspeedieon December 01, 2012   Link

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