Who Sang What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples One True Vine cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2013-6-21
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Gospel/Rhythm & Blues
length: 4:04
producer: Jeff Tweedy
membranophone: Spencer Tweedy
vocal: Mavis Staples
arranger: Jeff Tweedy
guitar family: Jeff Tweedy
bass: Jeff Tweedy
organ: Jeff Tweedy
clarinet: Paul Von Mertens
horn arranger: Paul Von Mertens and Jeff Tweedy
mellotron: Jeff Tweedy
euphonium: Andrew Baker
Marxophone: Jeff Tweedy
background vocals: Tiffany “Makeda” Francisco, Donny Gerrard and Kelly Hogan
bass trumpet: Andrew Baker
baritone saxophone: Paul Von Mertens
Lyrics
I'm thinking of friends whom I used to know,
Who lived and suffered in this world below
But they've gone off to heaven, but I want to know
What are they doing there now?

Oh, what are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
But what are they doing there now?

There's some whose hearts
Were burdened with care
They paid for their moment with fighting and tears
But they clung to the cross trembling in fear
But what are they doing there now?

What are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
What are they doing there now?

And there's some whose bodies were full of disease
Physicians and doctors couldn't give them much ease
But they suffered 'til death brought a final release
But what are they doing there now?

What are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
What are they doing there now?

There's some who were poor and often despised
They looked up to heaven with tear-blinded eyes
While people were heedless and deaf to their cries
But what are they doing there now?

What are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
What are they doing there now?

What are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
What are they doing there now?

Tracklist
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Holy Ghost
  • 2 Every Step
  • 3 Can You Get to That
  • 4 Jesus Wept
  • 5 Far Celestial Shore
  • 6 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
  • 7 Sow Good Seeds
  • 8 I Like the Things About Me
  • 9 Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus)
  • 10 One True Vine

  • Release information
    country(area): United States
    format: Digital Media
    script: Latin