Who Sang I'll Be Rested? Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2007-4-27
Genre: Funk / Soul Folk, World, & Country
Style: Soul/Gospel
length: 5:45
Lyrics
[Instrumental intro with bell]
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called

Until justice flows down and righteousness
Like a mighty stream
Keep alive the names
Of those who put their lives out on the front lines
And died just trying to live and breathe

I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called

See Medgar Evers
When the roll is called

Andrew Goodman
When the roll is called

James Chaney
When the roll is called

Michael Schwerner and Emmett Till
When the roll is called

I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called

Carole Robertson
When the roll is called

Denise and Cynthia
When the roll is called

Addie Mae Collins
When the roll is called

Herbert Lee, William Brewster, Louie Allen

I'll be rested when the roll is called
Yes I will
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called
I'll be rested when the roll is called

See Fred Hampton
When the roll is called

Brother Malcolm
When the roll is called

Robert Kennedy
When the roll is called

Reverend Martin Luther King
When the roll is called

Oh what a time
Oh what a time!
He'll say: 'Servant, servant well done
Come on home and rest your weary, your weary bones'

I'm gonna join the heavenly choir
I'll be rested

Oh! Look here! Sister Mahalia Jackson
Brother Archie Brownlee
Sister Clara Ward
Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey

Reverend Julius Cheeks
And look over there, there goes Dr. Watts
Sister Marion Williams

Oh my, my, my
Oh there he is, Poppa Staples,
And you got your guitar with you

Oh what a time
Singing with a heavenly choir

And we're going to sing, sing hallelujah
And never get tired

Oh, thank you now
We're back together now
[Fades]

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Down in Mississippi
  • 2 Eyes on the Prize
  • 3 We Shall Not Be Moved
  • 4 In the Mississippi River
  • 5 On My Way
  • 6 This Little Light of Mine
  • 7 99 and 1/2
  • 8 My Own Eyes
  • 9 Turn Me Around
  • 10 We'll Never Turn Back
  • 11 I'll Be Rested
  • 12 Jesus Is on the Main Line

  • Release information
    label: Anti‐
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 045778683024
    script: Latin