Appalachia Music

He Showed Me What Was Best For Me

Jerry Wilson original gospel songs

Pap and Tipper, Ray, Henry 1971

Since Pap’s death Paul has tried his best to make sure the songs Pap wrote continue to be sung. Hopefully his efforts at broadcasting the songs to a larger online audience will ensure they survive.

One of the first songs he published was a video of Pap’s original song “He Showed Me What Was Best For Me.” When you listen to the song you can see why The Wilson Brothers were often compared to The Louvin Brothers.

Here’s a short quote from our youtube channel where Paul posted the video in November of 2016.

“The press date on the LP that featured this song is 9/18/73. The song was probably composed a couple years prior to that. This song features Pap on the high tenor vocal, his younger brother Ray on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, and his youngest brother Henry on lead guitar. The bass player and snare drum player are unknown. If anyone has information on who those musicians were, please send us a message. The original song “Words of Life” served as the title track for the album and as the title for The Wilson Brothers broadcast on multiple radio stations through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.”

Paul got someone to make a cool video that highlights the song lyrics-check it out.

Hope you enjoyed the song and I hope that each of you have a great Sunday!


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    Marshall Reagan
    March 15, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I love that song. I think that the twins should try that one. that song needs to be sung more now or as much as it did when it came out years ago. the world needs to hear it now I would also like to know when the film that Paul was talking about comes out.

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      Eddie Ward
      April 1, 2018 at 4:12 am

      So beautiful and meaningful words.

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    lynn legge
    March 15, 2018 at 6:02 am

    tipper I always love hearing the songs..and with such powerful WORDS FROM OUR GOOD LORD
    I’m glad that you have them recorded and I want to thank you for sharing them with us.
    I love the harmony and I close my eyes and let the words envelop me.
    big ladybug hugs to you all

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    Leon Estes
    March 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I have transcribed the words for my word “songbook”. Thank you for posting this video!

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    March 11, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Of the songs Pap wrote this one is probably my favorite but hopefully there are more hidden away that could be even better. World Class!

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    March 11, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks, Tip, for writing this post, and thanks to everyone for those kind comments. I’m not the only one working to help spread Pap’s songs to a broader audience. Tip forgot to mention a cool fact about this song. “He Showed Me what was Best for Me” will appear in its entirety in a new, original independent film called Mack. This faith-based film finished filming in late 2017. It is now in the editing phases and should hopefully be released sometime in 2018. Maybe we can use the blindpig as way to support this film and make it available to any interested buyers/viewers. Another song, not written by Pap but sung by him, may also run during the closing credits of the film. I am very excited to see this film once it’s released to the public! 🙂

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      Leon Estes
      March 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Paul, what is the name of the song that may be included in the closing credits of the film you mentioned. Thanks.

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    March 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Oh, my word, Tipper! This is just beautiful! YES, I surely hear the Louvin Brothers in their singing. I think that is what most drew us to Pap and Paul’s videos and music is the way they remind us of the Louvin Brothers. I grew up listening to the Louvin Brothers a LOT. Our home was often filled with their singing, and when I hear those dear, old songs, I think of Mom and Dad. I miss them SO much. My Dad would have LOVED your Dad. He sang high tenor, too. Wish they could have met, but maybe they have met already in Heaven…not sure how that all works, but it would be so neat if they were up there singing together. Thank you SO much for sharing this and for keeping those dear songs alive. Your Dad’s songwriting was as beautiful as his singing. What a dear man…I know you miss him so much.

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    March 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    That is a beautiful song the Wilson Boys sung. A lot of credit goes to Paul for his hard work on getting this song to the public. Pap introduced Henry to me one time, but I’ve never met Ray. I was at an Auto Parts store in Andrews and I mentioned Blind Pig and the Acorn to the owner. Darwin showed me a picture of Ray, and I think he is married to one of his daughters. I knew Darwin lived in Wilson Holler (he’s one of my friends), but hadn’t put it together. …Ken

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    Maxine Appleby
    March 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    JuSt great! Thank you for sharing this music.

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    Mike T
    March 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Very nice, a keeper.

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    Dee Parks
    March 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    A really good job. I really enjoyed the song and the words so true!

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    Janis Sullivan
    March 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Terrific. It really made my Sunday.

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    March 11, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Wonderful song and presentation. Rock solid and memorable. Loved it. Thanks again to the Blind Pig.

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    Anne D
    March 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Pap’s Words he penned and sang explains how he lived his whole life, how he was a Pillar of his community, how he had such great love for his family and untold numbers of people he met~ let alone how many heard his singing all over the country.
    Oh the blessings he and your whole family have bestowed on us all~ because “HE showed what was best for me!”
    Would that we All lived that one belief.
    Again, Tipper, thanks for sharing with us.

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    Ed Karshner
    March 11, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Love it! I love that style and era of music. It reminds me of listening to the radio when I was a kid. You need to put out a “box set” of your dad’s recordings. I’d buy them!

    Thank you for the song. Alex even broke out into a little dance.

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    March 11, 2018 at 9:27 am

    You were so fortunate in so many ways to have had this wonderful man as your dad. You can just see his kindness in any picture with his children. He was so very talented, and I am certain his children and grandchildren learned much from him. All my entire life I had wished for talent of singing or playing instruments, but it seemed it was just not there. Some would say you can do anything if you apply yourself, but I believe we are just naturally led into where our talents lie. I was blessed with many work related talents, but they were just not as interesting. Our Lord plays such a big part in all this. Pap was blessed with a talent that would live on long after his work here was done. So true the words of his song! He Showed Me What Was Best for Me.

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    kay dallas
    March 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I loved this!!

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    March 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Amen! A perfect beginning for my Sunday! It’s dark because Daylight Savings Time began, so I am particularly glad to have this ray of sunshine.

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    Gayle Larson
    March 11, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for a great way to start my

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    Eleanor Loos
    March 11, 2018 at 8:36 am

    This is another “down-home” song that to me is unfamiliar, but I surely enjoyed it and it’s such a wonderful message. Thanks, Tipper, your blog is one of my favorites!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 11, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Great thought and smooth harmony. It is a toe-tapper. I need to learns those lyrics.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

    That is so cool Tip, the way the words come up as they are singing! They do such a beautiful job on the song!

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    Don Casada
    March 11, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Thank you Paul for your work in documenting the work of a truly great man.

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    March 11, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Nice and you can definitely hear the Louvin harmony, singing a different versus that stays in time is not an easy task, and it was done really well, in school they’d try to get you to sing row row row your boat and the guy or girl next to ya would start at a different time. I’d mess it up every time, was hard for me to block out what they were singing.

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