JESUS ON THE MAINLINE

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  • JESUS ON THE MAINLINE
    According to “Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943”, “Jesus On the Main Line” (sung
    by Lillie Knox) and “Jesus On De Main Line Too” (sung by Plantation Echoes) were
    recorded by the Library of Congress, both in 1937. These seem to be the earliest
    recordings. Other recordings by lots of singers (including Joseph Spence, Gospel
    Harmonettes, Isaac Douglas, James Shorty & Viola James, Sam Block, Pilgrim Jubilee
    Singers, and Voices of Jordan–whose CDs I have), and is also known as “Jesus Is On the
    Mainline,” “On the Mainline,” “Go Tell Him What You Want,” “Tell Jesus (What You
    Want).
    I know Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Call Him up and tell Him what you want
    Well, the line ain’t never busy
    Tell Him what you want
    Wo, that line ain’t never busy
    Tell Him what you want
    Well, the line ain’t never busy
    Tell Him what you want
    Keep on calling Him up
    And tell Him what you want
    Well, if you want His kingdom
    Tell Him what you want
    If you want His kingdom
    Tell Him what you want
    If want His kingdom
    Tell Him what you want
    Call Him up, call Him up, call Him up, call Him up
    You can call Him up and tell Him what you want
    Well, if you’re sick and wanna get well
    Tell Him what you want
    Well, if you’re sick and you wanna get well
    Tell Him what you want
    If you’re sick and you wanna get well
    Tell Him what you want
    Call Him up and tell Him what you want
  • And if you’re feeling down and out
    Tell Him what you want
    And if you’re feeling down and out
    Tell Him what you want
    And if you’re feeling down and out
    Tell Him what you want
    Call Him up and tell Him what you want
    I know Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Jesus is on that mainline
    Tell Him what you want
    Call Him up, call Him up, call Him up, call Him up
    Call Him up and tell Him what you want