Appalachia Music

See the Salvation of the Lord

Today’s post was written by Paul.

The Wilson Brothers

This is another song from the 1988 VHS tape. This one was written by Pap. It appeared on a cassette called “Little White Church,” which is no longer available (done with a full band, including his youngest brother, Henry on lead guitar)–released some time in the late 80’s. Ray played a nice flattop break on this song too but chose not to play an intro or break in this video, probably because Pap did not have his guitar with him for rhythm.

This song was usually faster and in the key of A, rather than G. Versions I found on reel to reel tapes also had a quick minor chord at the end of the verses and chorus.

I always loved how this song begins, as we lit majors would say, in medias res, with Pharaoh’s army charging at the Israelites. The metaphor of being “pinned in” between ensuing death and a barrier or line that you cannot cross (the Red Sea) is applied to life itself in the chorus.

The second verse fast forwards in time to Pap’s favorite writer in the Bible, the Apostle Paul. When hearing this verse as a kid, I was fascinated by the irony of God helping someone see by blinding him!

In this video, like the Waiting-at-the-Altar video, Pap is super relaxed and chewing his Red Man Chewing Tobacco while he sings. He’s so relaxed that before the song is over, he picks up a rock from the ground and begins using it to sharpen his Case pocket knife. 🙂 I assure you that it probably needed no sharpening. He usually kept it sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel.

I hope you enjoy this song and video of The Wilson Brothers. Thanks for watching. The lyrics are below:

See the Salvation of the Lord

The children of Israel stood by the Red Sea, The enemy coming with an evil reward! God’s prophet, old Moses, said, “Fear not. Stand still, And see the Salvation of the Lord!”

I stood by the sea, that dreaded sea of death, With Satan’s snares around me and death as my reward. I heard the voice of Jesus he bid me to come And see the Salvation of the Lord.

Paul traveled with authority given to him To persecute the Christians all in one accord, Then a bright light shone from Heaven and though it made him blind, He saw the Salvation of the Lord.

I stood by the sea, that dreaded sea of death, With Satan’s snares around me and death as my reward. I heard the voice of Jesus he bid me to come And see the Salvation of the Lord.

I hope you enjoyed the video and I hope you have a great day!


Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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  • Reply
    March 3, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Enjoyed 🙂 ….Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful night all .

  • Reply
    Paula Rhodarmer
    March 3, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    What a great blessing to have a godly father whose mind was often on the Lord. Our poor world could use more men like that today.

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    Frank Vincent
    March 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Just in time for Lent…!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I really enjoyed the video and the song!

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    March 3, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I sure enjoyed their singing! You were so blessed to have such a talented father and uncles. I’m on my way out the door to church and I must say it took me back to when I was young and going to a revival church program with my grandmother. Love the harmony.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Pap was always just so at ease and calm with everything he did. He was always amazing to me!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 3, 2019 at 7:51 am

    This makes me think of the expression “between the devil and the deep blue sea” or its variant “between a rock and a hard place”. And it has a close relationship to Paul’s “having done all, to stand”. Sometimes we reach places where there is no way to go, just wait for deliverance.

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