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Jesus Met the Woman at the Well

"Jesus Met the Woman at the Well" is a traditional gospel song. It relates the story of the meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, found in the Gospel of John at 4:4-26.

One of the earliest recordings, by The Pilgrim Travelers (1950), credits the song as "Traditional, arranged by J. W. Alexander". The recording by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1986) credits the song as "Traditional, arranged by The Alabama Singers". (Some sources suggest that The Pilgrim Travelers and The Alabama Singers are alternative names for the same people.)[citation needed] The song has also been attributed to Reverend (Blind) Gary Davis.[1][2]

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LyricsEdit

As with many traditional songs, the lyrics differ from one performer to another. The following are typical:[citation needed]

Jesus met the woman at the well, (x3)
And He told her everything she'd ever done.

He said, "Woman, woman, where is your husband?" (x3)
"I know everything you've ever done."

She said, "Jesus, Jesus, I ain't got no husband" (x3)
"And You don't know everything I've ever done."

He said, "Woman, woman, you've got five husbands" (x3)
"And the one you have now, he's not your own."

She said, "This man, this man, He must be the prophet" (x3)
"He done told me everything I've ever done."

Jesus met the woman at the well, (x3)
And He told her everything she'd ever done.

RecordingsEdit

Several artists have recorded the song. Recordings by people with Wikipedia articles include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dettmar, Kevin J. H., ed. (2009). The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-521-88694-9.
  2. ^ Statesboro Blues at AllMusic. Retrieved January 28, 2105.
  3. ^ The Fairfield Four: Jesus Met the Woman at the Well at AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ The Fairfield Four: Jesus Met the Woman at the Well at AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. ^ The Pilgrim Travelers at AllMusic. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  6. ^ The Singing Reverend at AllMusic. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Live at Newport 1958 at AllMusic. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Live at Gerde's Folk City 1962 at AllMusic. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Jesus Met the Woman at the Well at AllMusic. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "Charlie Parr's Official Website". Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.