WORKING ON A BUILDING

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WORKING ON A BUILDING

  • Bill Monroe recorded this gospel song, with origins in African American spiritual
    traditions, for Decca Records in 1954 on the same day he cut “On and On.” He credited it
    to The Carter Family, who first recorded it in 1934. It was also covered by Old And In the
    Way on there CD “Breakdown”.
    I’m a working on building
    I’m a working on building
    I’m a working on building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    If I was a gambler, I tell you what I’d do
    I’d quit my gambling and I’d work on the building, too
    I’m a working on building
    I’m a working on building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    If I was a drunkard I tell you what I would do
    I’d quit my drinking and I’d work on the building too
    I’m a working on building
    I’m a working on building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    If I was a preacher I tell you what I would do
    I would keep on preaching and work on the building too
    I’m a working on building
  • I’m a working on building
    For my Lord, for my Lord
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    It’s a holy ghost building
    For my Lord, for my Lord