PEOPLE GET READY

In 1976 I fell in love with the song “People Get Ready” when it was sung by Barbara Dickson.

Over the decades I always thought it was an old negro spiritual song which Curtis Mayfield had modernised.

Curtis_Mayfield_-_Heartbeat_(album_cover)

Curtis Mayfield

With the advent of the internet it does now seem to be the case that it was truly originated by Mayfield.

It was first publicised by The Impressions in 1965.

Which version do you think is best?

The Barbara Dickson version or The Impressions version?

You could say the song is based upon the bedrock of the Reformation, “The Just Shall Live By Faith.”

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Modern man has mostly no concept of what true faith is. It is not the “faith” which is the key, it is the object upon which the faith is based.

If your faith is not based on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, your faith is a false faith which will take you to hell.

Lyrics
People get ready
There’s a train a-coming
You don’t need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear diesels humming
You don’t need no ticket
You just thank the Lord

People get ready
For the train to Jordan
Picking up passengers
From coast to coast
Faith is the key
Open the doors and board them
There’s room for all
Among the loved and lost

Now there ain’t no room
For the hopeless sinner
Whom would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those
Whose chances are thinner
‘Cause there’s no hiding place
From the Kingdom’s throne

Ohh people get ready
There’s a train a-coming
You don’t need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear diesels a- humming
You don’t need no ticket
You just thank the Lord

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