"Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" as written by and Neil Diamond....
Hot August night
And the leaves hanging down
And the grass on the ground smelling sweet
Move up the road
To the outside of town
And the sound of that good gospel beat

Sits a ragged tent
Where there ain't no trees
And that gospel group
Telling you and me

It's love, Brother Love say
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
Pack up the babies
And grab the old ladies
And everyone goes
'Cause everyone knows
Brother Love's show

Room gets suddenly still
And when you'd almost bet
You could hear yourself sweat, he walks in
Eyes black as coal
And when he lifts his face
Every ear in the place is on him

Starting soft and slow
Like a small earthquake
And when he lets go
Half the valley shakes

It's love, Brother Love say
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
Pack up the babies
And grab the old ladies
And everyone goes
'Cause everyone knows
'Bout Brother Love's show

Hallelujah, brothers
Halle-hallelujah
I said brothers
(Hallelujah) Now you got yourself two good hands
(Halle-hallelujah) And when your brother is troubled,
You gotta reach out your one hand for him
(Hallelujah) 'Cause that's what it's there for
(Halle-hallelujah) And when your heart is troubled,
You gotta reach out your other hand
(Hallelujah) Reach it out to the man up there
(Halle-hallelujah) 'Cause that's what he's there for

Take my hand in yours
Walk with me this day
In my heart I know
I will never stray
Halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle

Love, Brother Love say
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
Pack up the babies
And grab the old ladies
And everyone goes

I say love, Brother Love say
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
(Halle, halle)
Pack up the babies
And grab the old ladies
And everyone goes

Love, Brother Love say
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show


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"Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" as written by Neil Diamond

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    General CommentI love when david spade karaokes this song in that movie Lost anf Found. it makes me want to do it. Neil Diamond is the man.
    roxyglamouron June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDiamond is a genius. And he said that he went to these revivial shows and he said that he thought that they were so fake and that's how he originally wrote the song but then he thought about it and he realized that the other people there liked it and so he changed it. This song is awesome and you definitely should check it out.
    trapperjohnon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDiamond's Jewish, his grandparents coming to the USA from Russia and from Poland. One wonders if he is a bit cynical about Christian revivalism, as is portrayed in this song.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the song. I was a little ticked when it wasn't the recorded version on his 2001 double CD release, "The Essential Neil Diamond."

    I like his earlier stuff. Once you get to "Love on the Rocks" it's all downhill for me.
    Slash01on January 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy parents played a neil diamond "greatest hits" LP a lot when I was a little kid. you know how literal-minded kids can be. I got quite a mental image from "when he lifts his face," although better still was "every ear in the place is on him."
    foreverdroneon June 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's funny, although I can SEE how the subject matter can induce cynicism (maybe mildly expressed in the moniker of the traveling Brother Love), to me the song's always really been about a recognition of power - the power that "higher" human faith and emotion, (especially in a group setting) can have on its participants.

    To me that's the genius of the song. It takes you there. Right into the tent, a ringside seat to the whole thing. It doesn't comment on it at all, it just reports the action.
    42 stepson August 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThere's a Youtube video with him and Johnny Cash on Cash's TV show/special. They be Superfriends like Bowie and Mercury. Would give my left pinky to have seen it live (Going out to all you budding time-travel technicians. I mean it.)
    Jordo013on December 19, 2009   Link

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