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No Depression in Heaven, song lyrics

Song: No Depression in Heaven
Lyrics: Alvin Pleasant Carter(1) or James David Vaughan(2)

Music: same as above
Year: c.1936 or 1932(4)
Genre: Bluegrass
Country: USA

For fear the hearts of men are failing,
For these are latter days we know.
The Great Depression now is spreading,
God's word declared it would be so.

I'm going where there's no depression,
To the lovely land that's free from care.
I'll leave this world of toil and trouble,
My home's in Heaven, I'm going there.

In that bright land, there'll be no hunger,
No orphan children cryin' for bread,
No weeping widows, toil or struggle,
No shrouds, no coffins, and no death.
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This dark hour of midnight nearing
And tribulation time will come.
The storms will hurl in midnight fear
And sweep lost millions to their doom.



1 - The Carter Family biography from PBS series American Experience

2 - James David Vaughan

3 - Released on Decca Records 5252 and Montgomery Ward #8006 on June 8, 1936, by The Carter Family

4 - There are claims No Depression in Heaven was written in 1932 by James David Vaughan.

5 - Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class, by Bill C. Malone, Universite of Illinois Press, p.97; ISBN 0-252-02678-0