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Standing In The Need Of Prayer
Composer: Traditional

Standing In The Need Of Prayer was played by Jerry Garcia with the Wildwood Boys at the Tangent in Palo Alto on February 23rd 1963.

The origins of the song are not known. Homer A. Rodheaver published the song in his Plantation Melodies in 1918 but it probably predates this publication.

The song occasionally occurs on recordings as It's Me, Oh Lord, Standing In The Need Of Prayer or similar.



Recordings

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Single (Shout All Over God's Heaven / Standin' In The Need Of Prayer), The Southern Four, 1922
no info Single (Standin' In The Need Of Prayer / Heab'n), Mrs Asher & H.Rodeheaver, 1922
no info Single (Old Time Religion / Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Homer Rodeheaver, 1923
no info Single (Standing In Need Of Prayer / Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray), Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers / Paramount Jubilee Singers, 1924
no info Single (Heaven Song / Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Old Time Quartette, 1924
no info Single (Heaven song / Standing in the need of prayer), Old Limber Quartet (?), 1924
no info Single (I'm Serving The Lord In My Weak Way / Standing In The Need Of Prayer), C. & M.A. Gospel Singers, 1924
no info Single (I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray / Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Rigoletto Quartet of Morris Brown University, 1926
no info Single (Don't You Want To Be A Lover Of The Lord / Standing In Need Of Prayer), Utica Institute Jubilee Singers, 1929
no info Single (Get Away Jordan / Standin' In The Need Of Prayer), Four Novelty Aces, 1933
no info The Bronzemen, 1938
no info Single (Standin' In The Need Of Prayer / Time On My Hands), The Mullen Sisters, 1947?
no info Sea of Glass, Billy Ward & Dominoes, 1958
no info Every Time The Sprit, Nat King Cole, 1959
no info Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Patti Page, 1960
no info Land Of Jordan, The Jordanaires, 1960
no info Old Time Religion, Famous Caravans, 1960
info Sing And Play Folk Songs And Bluegrass, The Country Gentlemen, 1961
no info Negro Spirituals, The New World Show Orchestra with The Linden Singers, 1961
no info Piano Arrangements of Spirituals, Don Shirley, 1962
no info One of These Days, Sunday Sing Trio, 1963
no info Big Band Spirituals, Ted Heath, 1963
no info Old Time Family Religion, The Johnson Family Singers, 1964
no info Singing Is Our Life, Harmonizing Four, 1965
no info Sings The Gospel, Lewis Family With Carl Story, 1966
no info Searching the Gospel, Pearl Bailey, 1966
no info Sing Inspirational Classics, Jake Hess And The Imperials, 1966
no info Most Richly Blessed, Jimmy Dean, 1967
no info Bless This House, The White Sisters, 1967
no info Tambourines Of Glory, Victory Choral Ensemble, 1967
no info Ten Favorites From, George Beverly Shea, 1973
no info The Big Rock Gospel Album, The Power & The Glory, 1973
no info All My Help, Bright Stars, 1974
no info I'll Fly Away, Dr. J. Robert Bradley, 1974
no info Do You Know Him, Pilgrim Outlets, 1974
no info That Old-Time Religion, Various ?Artists (Jimmy Dean), 1975
no info Single (Standing In The Need Of Prayer / Motherless Child), Liz Davis, 1977
no info Session 2, B.G. Express, 1978
no info Atlantic Bridge, The King's Singers, 1979
no info Hot Rize, Hot Rize, 1979
no info Take Your Burdens To The Lord, Chosen Sons Of God, 1983
no info He Will Deliver, Salt Of The Earth, 1984
no info Old Spinning Wheel, Bill Rouse & the Uptown Grass Band, 1985
no info Sing A Happy Song, The Outpost Family Band, 1985
no info Requests, Johnston Mountain Boys, 1988
no info On WCYB Bristol, Stanley Brothers, 1988
no info If You Can't Stand The Showers, What You Donna Do When The Storm Comes?, The Friendly Brothers Quartet, 198?
info Folk Songs & Bluegrass, The Country Gentlemen, 1991
no info Nat King Cole (box set), Nat King Cole, 1992
no info Strange Things Happening, Sleepy LaBeef, 1994
no info 1923-1929: In Chronological Order, Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers, 1995
no info Steal Away, Charlie Haden/Hank Jones, 1995
no info The Best of, Troy Ramey & the Soul Searchers, 1995
no info Kneelin' Down Inside The Gate: Bahamian Rhyming Singers, Various Artists (Joseph Spence & The Pindar Family), 1995
no info State Of The Union, Various ?Artists (The Social Climbers), 1996
no info Radio Transcriptions 1939, Bronzemen, 1997
no info Vocal Quartets, Vol 5: 1924 - 1928, Various Artists (Rigoletto Quartet of Morris Brown University), 1997
no info Little Old Country Church House, Various Artists (Stanley Brothers), 1997
no info Spirited, Eddie & Martha Adcock, 1998
no info Complete Recorded Works 1923-1926, C. & M.A. Gospel Singers/Quintette, 1998
no info Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929 & 1922, Utica Institute Jubilee Singers / Harrod's Jubilee Singers, 1998
no info Hall of Fame, The Imperials, 1999
no info Somebody Touched Me, Carl Story, 2000
no info Nearer My God to Thee/Singing Is Our Life, Harmonizing Four, 2000
no info Live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, The Harlem Gospel Singers, 2000
no info Music from Wales, Beaufort Male Voice Choir, 2000
no info The Earliest Negro Vocal Groups, Volume 5: 1911-1926, Various Artists (The Southern Four), 2000
no info Religious Music, Vol. 2: 1923-1935, Various Artists (Unidentified group), 2000
no info In Full Color, Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show, 2001
no info Delighted, Neal Roberson, 2001
no info Higher Ground , Higher Ground Mass Choir, 2001
no info Memories of the Range, The Sons of the Pioneers, 2001
no info The Old Rugged Cross: Twenty Gospel Favorites, Enlightenment, 2001
info Going to the West, Ed Littlefield, Jr., 2003
no info That's My Train Fare Home, The Canton Spirituals, 2003
no info What Wondrous Love Is This?: Songs of the South III, Jim Gibson, 2003
no info Goodbye, Babylon, Various Artists (Stanley Brothers), 2003
no info Americana Gospel Series, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Eddie & Martha Adcock), 2003
no info Pow!/Big Band Spirituals, Ted Heath, 2004
no info Hide Head Blues, Jim Mills, 2005
no info Undisputed Queen of the Delta Blues, Mary Luckey Thompson, 2005
no info Fruit of the Spirit, Rhonda Johnson, 2005
info Live in Waterbury Center, Kent Gustavson with Micah Schonberg, 2006
no info Into The Fire, Monroe Crossing, 2006
no info Essential Bluegrass: Bluegrass Gospel, Various Artists (Eddie & Martha Adcock), 2006
no info All by Myself, Zion Jubilees, 2007
no info Beyond the Ridge, Jerusalem Ridge, 2007
no info There is a God, Shadow Ridge, 2008
no info Number 7, Suggins Brothers, 2009
no info A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, 2011
no info Back Home Again: Gospel Favorites, The Oak Ridge Boys, 2012

Lyrics

The lyics of the Wildwood Boys version of the song are;

Not my brother, not my sister, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
Not my brother, not my sister, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,

Not the preacher, not the sinner, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
Not the preacher, not the sinner, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,

Not my mother, not my father, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
Not my mother, not my father, but it's me oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,

It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer,
It's me, it's me, it's me, oh Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer

 
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