Prepare to Meet Thy God – Careless Soul

Today’s post was written by Chitter.

girls with their grandfather

Chitter, Pap, Chatter

We’ve been singing the song “Careless Soul” for about a year, but I’ve heard the song for a long long time. It’s one of my favorites that Pap used to sing. He sang lots of songs, but this is the one I remember the most. When I hear it or sing it I’m right back to being a child again.

When Chatter and I were little Pap and his music buddies would jam in our basement because it was a good clear open space to meet. Now its a junk pile, but back in those days it was almost empty.

I wanted to stay up and sit and listen to the music, but momma had a strict bedtime for us and always made us go to bed.

So when she put us to bed, as soon as she was gone, we’d hop out of the bed and put our ears to the floor so we could better hear the music. That is one of my first memories. I can still see her legs leaving the room before I threw off the covers and climbed to the floor. Every time we sing the song that’s what I think of. Its a bittersweet feeling.

I almost wish I could go back to those nights of music being made in our basement, but at the same time I’m thankful to be where I’m at and to continue the tradition of music of Pap shared with us.


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    January 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Great song… so fun singing along with ya on the other side of the screen:)

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    Cheryl Smith
    January 20, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    So beautiful! Thank you all so much!

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    January 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    So good. Love the song.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    January 19, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Tipper love the post and their harmony is great.i love that song wish I could hear it on a TV show of the Pressley Girls.

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    January 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Chitter, what a great post you gave us today! Such sweet memories of Pap, and his music that you continue to carry on today. Such a blessing, that you will be able to pass this treasure on to your children and grandchildren. I wonder if your Momma knew you weren’t in bed?
    Looking forward to many more stories and delightful music posted on the Blind Pig from you, and hopefully Chatter too.
    p.s. I can really relate to the junk pile basement.

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    January 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Best one yet. Songs that make your spirit soar. Heard many guitars and banjos with porch singing in my youth, but nobody ever seemed to get serious with it. It takes a lot of discipline and love to perfect the sound as your dear family has. I miss the porch and kitchen singers as it is one of those things you don’t miss until its gone. I used to sing with them.

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    Jack Yates (AKA Howland)
    January 19, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Music such as hat would keep my ear glued to the floor all night!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I love that song! I’ve listened to it all my life. It’s one of the few songs I can actually sing. It is also my favorite Pressley Girls song. I right clicked on it this morning when I first turned on my computer and put it on loop. It has been playing over and over while I go about my day. Pap and Ray’s version of the song is good but I like the Pressley Girls better.
    The song is also called Prepare To Meet Thy God. When I type that into Google it comes up to Pap and Ray’s recording.

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    January 19, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    My computer died and I fired up an old one that has limitations. I can read your blog but I can’t listen to the music. I miss that. I may be able to get my wife to agree to buying a new one. I’ve been hinting for several days.

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    Ed Karshner
    January 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Great post this morning. When I was a kid, my grandma’s brothers would come to visit and they would bring their guitars and play in the kitchen for what seemed like 24 hours a day.

    Nothing makes a memory like music.

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    betty stephenson
    January 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    beautiful thanks girls have a great week its monday morning 6 15 am here beautiful way to start the day listening to this thanks

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    Bill Burnett
    January 19, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Great job on a beautiful song. We all need to listen to and heed the message of this song!

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    Ken Roper
    January 19, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I’m so glad that Chitter so elegantly stated about Pap’s song. When Miss Cindy speaks of Pap, she always talks about him in the kindest of ways. I feel that way too. You started the Blind Pig, years ago, and I think it’s the best blog out there. I’m glad Chitter and Chatter has picked up the mantle and carried on, and I really like their singing. …Ken

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    January 19, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I have never heard this song, but I really like it. Your harmony and the instrumentals are what make the song.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 19, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Those old ‘altar call’ songs seem to have faded in popularity in my lifetime. I’ve thought about it and I think Christians increasingly think non-Christian’s feelings should not be harrowed. But behind that is the reaction humans have to truths they don’t want to hear. Good for you all to keep singing gospel songs that make us face up to ourselves. As usual, a great job.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 19, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Good job, their voices blend together beautifully! I can see Pap smiling!

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