There been slow, but there been sure, Hallelu, Hallelu
There been slow, but there been sure!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
There been slow, but there been sure,
When they come, come body, my soul
Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu
Then you must have that true religion!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Then you must have that true religion,
True religion then your soul converted
Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Then you must have a doctor then the doctor come, Hallelu, Hallelu
Then you have a doctor then the doctor come!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Send for the doctor, and the doctor come,
Doctor said son can you save my son,
That you would have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu
Then you must have that true religion!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Then you must have that true religion,
True religion then your soul converted
Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Mother was sittin’ on the bedside cryin’, Hallelu, Hallelu
Mother was sittin’ on the bedside cryin’!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Mother was sittin’ on the bedside tryin’,
Lord take my soul my son is dyin’,
That’s when you have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Son said mother don’t you grieve and cry, Hallelu, Hallelu
Son said mother don’t you grieve and cry!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Son said mother don’t you grieve and cry,
Know your son was born to die
That’s when I have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu

Then you must have that true religion, Hallelu, Hallelu
Then you must have that true religion!, Hallelu!, Hallelu!
Then you must have that true religion,
True religion then your soul converted
Then you will have that true religion, Hallelu!, Hallelu!



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    General CommentThose aren't quite the lyrics on my copy of Lead Belly - they sound more like Mavis Staples version

    There's a recording listed by the Rev.Edward Clayburn, on Vocalion, in 1923, but I've not been able to trace it further

    Lead Belly is supposed to have learned the song as a youth in Mooringsport, but I'm not sure - it's not something you'd expect to here in Sunday School!

    The version I've got is accapella, with no information as to where, or when, it was recorded
    lkgreenwelon June 02, 2013   Link

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