Thursday, January 24, 2008
Song of the Week: Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
The song I've had going through my head quite a bit lately is a haunting melody of lost love called "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," by Leslie Ann Phillips, a.k.a. Sam Phillips. I first heard it sung by Alison Krauss with background vocals by Robert Plant on the album Raising Sand. Phillips' recording can currently be heard on the somewhat haphazard player located on the bottom right corner of her website here. (You might have to hit the fast-forward button a few times and refresh to get past the song "Signal," which is lovely in its own right--but I digress.) Otherwise, you can hear the version by Krauss here-- just click on the "Listen to the Album" link at the top left of the page.
The "Sister Rosetta" of the song is, of course, the gospel singer and guitarist "Sister Rosetta" Tharpe. Jules of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast recently posted a video of Sister Rosetta singing and playing "Up Above My Head," the song that clearly inspired some of Phillips' lyrics.
Here are the lyrics and chords:
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The chords provided are transcribed by my guitar teacher. Lyrics and chords are provided purely for the purposes of study and research.
Updated on 01/30/07 to reflect a chord correction.
Updated on 06/14/08 to reflect a lyric correction.