Holidays in Appalachia Music

Thirty Pieces of Silver

Today’ special Easter post is brought to you by Paul.

Happy Easter, everyone. I had hoped to upload another Easter-themed song with the Pressley Girls this year, but they both came down with the flu this past week. I’m enjoying a bad sinus infection myself, but I was able to shoot this, although the vocal is weak.

If you haven’t heard this song before, it’s a great narrative of the Gospel of Christ’s Crucifixion.

Someone last spring requested that we shoot more videos outside, so I tried to oblige with this one. The little chair that I was carrying was in case I didn’t come across anything good to sit on while playing. This is shot a few hundred yards behind our home near some old logging roads. It’s surprising how loud the woods are, especially with an airplane crossing over thrown in for good measure. 🙂 Anyway, we hope you enjoyed this.

Lyrics are below:

‘Tis a sad but true story From the Bible it came, And it tells us how Judas Sold the Savior in shame He planned with the council Of high priests that day 30 pieces of silver Was the price they would pay

30 pieces of silver, 30 shackles of shame Was the price paid for Jesus On the cross he was slain

‘Twas on there on the hillside Where the multitude came. They found our dear Savior Then took him away They smote and they mocked Him Thorns were crowned around his head, And his garment of purple Showed the blood stains of red

Betrayed and forsaken Unloved and unclaimed, In anger, they pierced Him, But He died not in vain

Far off in the mountains with face toward the sun Judas begged mercy for what he had done He gave back the silver For his heart filled with strife Then there in the mountain, he took his own life

30 pieces of silver, 30 shackles of shame Was the price paid for Jesus But He died not in vain

Songwriters: Odell Mcleod -Thirty Pieces of Silver lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

I hope you enjoyed Paul’s great video I know I did!


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  • Reply
    Nina Chastain
    April 2, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Paul , this song was just sung so beautiful ! Always love to hear you sing . Appreciate it so much .

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    Dee Parks
    April 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Wow, Paul did a beautiful job on that song!!! I came down with the flu Friday and I sure hope you don’t get it. God Bless.

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    April 2, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Thank you to you and Paul for this beautiful song and video…I like the way you started it out with him walking up the hill to the woods. Happy, blessed Easter to all of you – hope all will feel well again soon! (I made the applesauce cake you shared the other day for part of our Easter meal and it was very good!)

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    April 2, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Thank you Paul beautiful singing and I enjoyed the walk in the woods God Bless all and get well soon. Jean

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    April 2, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Paul beautiful singing and I enjoyed the walk and I enjoyed the walk in the woods God Bless all and get well soon. Jean

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    Donna Wofford
    April 1, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Great song and the singing.Thanks so much

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    Rick Shepherd
    April 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Happy Easter Tipper and Family…..Paul, we enoyed your song!…..Mary plays guitar and sings in the church choir and she was singing right along with you…..Glad you haven’t got that flu, Tipper…..Hope the rest of your family gets better soon.

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    April 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve never heard this song before, but it brought tears to my eyes. I hope your family feels better soon. It’s been a rough winter for the flu, colds, stomach viruses, etc. I got the flu shot, but I understand it wasn’t very effective this year. Happy Easter to all of you!

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    April 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I called the Gospel Radio Station and requested “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again” by the Pressley Girls and Paul. It was Beautiful! …Ken

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    betty stephenson
    April 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    fabulous job loved it

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    Ann Appplegarth
    April 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    May everyone there be well soon — and you stay well, dear Tipper. Paul’s song is beautiful. Christ is risen!

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    April 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Paul did an excellent job singing and playing that song. When we were just little things, Mama taught me and Harold to sing “Thirty Pieces of Silver” at churches around Eastertime. It was a big hit back then too.

    I ain’t had the Flu yet either. …Ken

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    Bill Burnett
    April 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Great Job by Paul on the vocals and the guitar. Has anyone else ever thought that without Judas betraying Jesus the prophecy of him arising from the dead which gives everyone who believes that is Jesus sitting with the Lord and his blood covers the sins of those who truly believe is our only hope for salvation. The greatest sermon was delivered by the Angel who announced to Mary and Mary Magdalene who came to anoint his body in oils and finding the stone rolled away spotted the Angel who asked if they sought Jesus and they advised they had the Angel proclaimed, “He is not here, He has arisin” thereby proving he had conquered death and gives we who believe the ability to do the same. Without Judas may never have been fulfilled.. Jesus being Christ knew the betrayal would occur so his divinity could be proven. Happy Easter to all. The fact that the napkin which covered his face was folded carries significance also, when a master was through eating he would wad his napkin signifying to his servant that he was through, however if he arose and folded his napkin it was a message the he would return, in Jesus folding the napkin which covered his face he was assuring us he will return!

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    April 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Blessed Easter to all…!

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    Cheryl Smith
    April 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Paul did an amazing job on this, as always! SO sorry to hear you all are so sick and, Tipper, I hope you don’t get it. I trust all of you will feel much better soon. A big thanks to Paul for recording this beautiful song…all of you are such a blessing to us! God bless you all this Easter day!

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    Susan C
    April 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful song. It was a lovely Easter morning with the sun rising in the east and the moon setting in the west. All creation sings His praises. I want to share a little poem that is new to me:

    Ten little fingers, ten tiny toes:
    On Christmas He came,
    On Easter He rose.

    Easter Blessings to all this glorious day.

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    April 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Today is Easter. So Happy Easter!
    It’s also April Fools Day. Gotcha!

    My thoughts about Paul and “Thirty Pieces of Silver” are in the Youtube comments.

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    April 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    You remember Mary Mallon? Typhoid Mary she was called. She didn’t appear to have Typhoid but she gave it to bunch of people, some of whom didn’t survive. Typhoid ain’t the only disease that is transmitted thusly. Perhaps flu can be too. Perhaps there is a Flu Mary. But that couldn’t be you because your name is Tipper. Right?

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    April 1, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Great song, beautiful voicing of Paul & guitar. He is Risen!
    Happy Easter to all Blind Pig fiends & family

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    Ed Karshner
    April 1, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Wonderful song and video, Paul. Thank you!

    We have a cold working its way through our house. I’m the last one to get over it. The good news is I started hearing the cheepers on Friday. Spring is on its way.

    Happy Easter to all my Blind Pig friends!

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    April 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Very nice job on the song, hope everyone gets well soon.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Very nice, Paul, thank you! It’s a lovely song and I like the woods.
    Tip, I’m sure glad that you stayed well to take care of the sick. I went by one day and they were so obviously miserable, I really felt for them….glad they are on the mend. They’ve got to get better, it’s spring and there are things to do!

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    Gayle Larson
    April 1, 2018 at 8:09 am

    What a beautiful way to start our Easter Morning. Hope you all are feeling better and have a lovely day.

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    Sheryl A. Paul
    April 1, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Beautiful, I do jope you remain flu free.

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    Don Casada
    April 1, 2018 at 8:03 am

    There couldn’t be a finer way to begin a blessed Easter morn than listening to Paul testifying. And you know what, I hear Pap’s harmony from Heaven.

    But no, He died not in vain;
    For He rose from the grave.
    So poor broken sinners
    Like me He could save.

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    Elaine Medley
    April 1, 2018 at 7:52 am

    He is Risen indeed! Beautiful singing on this Easter morning!

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    Robert Barlow
    April 1, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I hadn’t heard that old song in years.

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    Ron Priest
    April 1, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Thanks Paul great song well sung beautiful background. He has risen indeed.

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    Wesley P Bossman
    April 1, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Wonderful, Paul. Thank you for giving us this appropriate beginning to Easter morning. I hope everyone feels better today!

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    Ron Stephens
    April 1, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Sorry you all are battling the flu. It has been fierce this year. At least one of you escaped.

    Thanks to Paul for the Easter present. Just about to leave for sunrise service so how fitting. I know it took extra effort for him. I think maybe every time I think of him now I will remember this song and him sitting in the sunny woods. His tenor reminds me of your Dad but I guess he has heard that many times.

    Have a blessed Easter everyone. For those who believe we will get out of this world alive.

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