Appalachia Music

Jesus Won’t You Come By Here

Jesus won't you come by here - now is a needy time

Uncle Henry and Tipper tasting an apple from one of his trees

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just keeping getting bad news? That’s the kind of week it’s been around the Blind Pig house. As I worried about people who lost loved ones and people who are praying they don’t lose a loved one I was reminded of a song Pap and Paul used to sing Jesus Won’t You Come By Here. They learned the song from the movie Sounder. I believe it’s an old negro spiritual although I’ve never heard anyone sing it other than the folks in the movie and Pap and Paul.

The video below was filmed back when Paul was in college. I love seeing Granny’s old furniture with the handmade slipcovers and the matching curtains she made. I went with Pap when he bought the furniture from a man who looked like Orson Wells. The man was drinking wine-which totally shocked a 7 year old Southern Baptist girl. I remember Pap laughing when he told Granny I was afraid of the man because he was holding a wine glass that had apparently been filled many times that day.

The song conveys such a plaintive sound of need that it looks like more folks would sing it. Even with the compelling need of the words the beauty of the human spirit comes forth in the harmony and Pap’s high tenor.

My Uncle Henry suffered a significant stroke on Thursday and things aren’t looking so good for him. If you’ve got an extra prayer or good thought please send it his way.


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    lynn legge
    August 31, 2016 at 12:03 am

    tipper wishing I could send big ladybug hugs to you….I will keep you and your family in my prayers..sending gentle thoughts your way……
    love to you all

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    Rev. RB
    August 29, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Sending love and prayers for your Uncle Henry and for all who love him.
    May God’s will be done, and may we be blessed and content with that.
    God bless.

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    Lisa I
    August 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    It does seem to come in batches at times. But remember you are not alone. We will keep you all in our prayers. Please keep us posted on how your Uncle Henry is doing.
    Sending you a big ol hug,
    Lisa Ingle

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    B. Ruth
    August 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The song has been locked in my head and heart ever since reading and playing your post yesterday. Pap’s high harmony vocal sound rose up from deep within his heart.
    The song sung with a plea from Pap, resonates with Devine presence not only back then but today especially!
    Noticing that 30 have already commented on this post tells me that Jesus has already come by here during this needful time and touched your family and many of our hearts and spiritual souls!
    Thank you Tipper for this post,

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    Pam Danner
    August 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Wonderful song. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.

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    August 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Isaiah 4:10
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    This is one of my favorite verses, I will continue to pray for your family

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    August 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Prayers for your entire family. Loved the song!

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    Debbie Nobles
    August 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Prayer’s for your family.Hope the clouds pass and sunny days come.

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    Ron Banks
    August 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Our prayers are for your family during yet another hard time. May God wrap his comforting arms around your family and hold you close during this time of need.

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    August 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    So sorry to hear this, Tipper. Please know your Uncle Henry and your whole family are in my thoughts and heart, and I’m glad you have that precious music to turn to for strength and comfort.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    August 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I reciprocate with prayers for your Uncle Henry and appreciation for the song. “Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here”–a needful plea, indeed!

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    August 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    May you and all your family feel the presence of the Lord especially during this time when your Uncle Henry is so ill. I have an Uncle Henry who needs prayer also. Love that song…my husband loves that movie, Sounder, and is always singing or humming that tune.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Sue Crane
    August 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Prayers for your Uncle Henry – uncles were very special in my life and a real blessing. Prayers for all of you during these sad, life changing times.
    Great song choice from a great movie. Pap sliding up and down those high notes gave me chills and Paul had some good hot licks to boot.

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    August 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Your uncle Henry is in my Prayers as we speak. Pap introduced me to Henry one time as he was playing for a Gospel Bluegrass Group near here. I have never met Ray that sung with Pap for many years as The Wilsons. Our Christian Radio Station plays them a lot, as well as The Pressley Girls and The Blind Pig Gang. …Ken

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    August 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Must be something in the wind, troubles fallin’ in bucketfulls around here too. Jesus Come By Here is the theme of the month.
    Hope your troubles settle out soon.

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    Margaret Johnson
    August 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Grief and sorrow come to all of us sooner or later and for some it seems to come sooner and stays for a long, long time. My prayers and postive wishes for your Uncle Henry and to you and your family. “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go,” ~Rumi

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    August 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Praying for comfort, strength and hope for your family.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    You certainly have my prayers for Uncle Henry and his family!
    I am pretty sure I heard that song long before 1972 when it was written as “Now is The Needed Time” for the movie. I knew it as “Jesus, Won’t You Come by Here”. It wouldn’t be the first time somebody took an old song, changed a few notes and claimed it as their own. I think it was in the songbook we used at Hightower but I won’t swear to that.

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    August 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I remember a story about a Lady whom was sick in the Book of Math. 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. Certainly in times like these if we could just touch the hem of his garment, praying that Jesus will be close to your Uncle and we hear of a miracle.. But if not his will, that His Grace will be shown during this time… Loved the Song..

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    August 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Prayers for Uncle Henry and the BP family. Thanks for sharing another fine performance by Pap and Paul this sunny Sunday.

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    David Wilson
    August 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Tipper I will be thinking and praying for your Uncle and family this week in their time of need.
    May the Lord send a flock of angels to your family and loved ones in this time of need. May HE strengthen and support you all in every way as you go through each day knowing that He is with you in this trying time. May you be blessed and comforted knowing that all in in Great hands.

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    Susie Swanson
    August 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Prayers are going up for your uncle Henry and all of you. I heard about it but didn’t know how bad a stroke it was. I’ve been thinking alot about ya’ll especially with that happening and my Uncle Robert’s death. Just know ya’ll are in our prayers .

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    Don Casada
    August 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I don’t remember exactly what the conversation was about, but distinctly remember Pap talking about something being “needful.” I don’t think I’d ever used that old word before, but surely have since.
    It must be a great comfort in needful times to be able to listen to Pap and Paul playing and singing from brighter days.

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    Wanda Devers
    August 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It’s a beautiful song. We’ve reached a time in life when we are losing so many of our older friends and family– Mama and all her sisters are gone and Daddy’s baby sister is the only one left of 19. My husband’s family is in the same situation–the aunts and uncles left are in such sad situations but his mother is doing well at 92 and we cherish her. We are in our 60’s and have lost many friends. I’ve spent a lot of sleepless nights praying for Jesus to come sit by me.
    I think of you often, Tipper–you bring a lot of joy into my days. I will be praying for Uncle Henry and for you and your family.

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    August 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

    It has been a week of hard understanding. Life is so precious and fleeting. Our very souls ache and weep so often. You have my prayers.

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    August 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Prayers of comfort and support for you and your family.

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    Chap Jones
    August 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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    Ann Applegarth
    August 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Oh, dear Tipper, it has been that sort of week here, too. I sure will pray for your dear uncle and you and all your beautiful family. And I agree that this sweet, soulful song is the perfect one for any moment of great need. Thank you so much for giving us this video.

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    Tracey Green
    August 28, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Prayers for your Uncle Henry and for you and your family. Thanks for sharing this song.

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    Steve in Tn
    August 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Never heard this song. Very nice. Thanks for mentioning the high vocal. It really stands out and makes the song one that sticks with you a while.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I had never heard that song until last year I think it was. I was struck by the line “now is a needed time” because it said in such plain words what we have each experienced. And now is a needed time in the life of America.
    There is a you tube recording of Lightening hopkins, the song writer, singing it. You probably know he was a southern blues singer.
    I am sorry for your alls troubles. Sometimes life is a hard fight with a short stick. I have asked Jesus to come by there as you all ate in one of those needed times.

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    Terry Leach
    August 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I want to thank you for sharing so much of your life and your family’s life with us. You will never know what a blessing it is to so many. Praying for you all!
    “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

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    August 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I surely enjoyed that song, Tipper. Just beautiful. My grandson woke up this morning the first real time away from home. He’s at Bob Jones University as a freshman. Of course he took his guitar and harmonica. In the last six months he has been writing his own songs and music. So proud of him. I’m proudest of the fact that he loves the LORD and wants to serve him.

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    George Pettie
    August 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    A wonderful song to send a hope and prayer to Uncle Henry’s bedside.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful song, it certainly fits that longing for relief from sorrow or pain.
    I can’t reconcile Uncle Henry being seriously ill, Just a couple of days ago I saw him riding the grandchildren in a wagon.

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    August 28, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Special prayers for Tipper’s family, and may you be given the strength and endurance to deal with the onslaught. Sometimes it seems “when it rains it pours.” I really feel that prayer is needed at these times, and it changes the course. Not being at all politically correct, I believe prayer is the answer to everything. It truly does help to know a higher power is in charge of us beings walking around down here.

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