And Am I Born To Die?

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And Am I Born To Die?-Watson Family
Doc Watson, vocal, Gaither Carlton, fiddle

Doc, spoken: My Dad was the, uh, lead singer at the church, and Mama helped in the gospel singing at the church, but she sang quite a few of the old ballads. My first actual memories of music, when I think about it, I was sitting on Mama's lap when I was little, just a little fellow, maybe, two years old, hearing the singing in the church. And it was a great sound, the singing was very pure then, no vibrato in the voices at all, well, you know, just good straight harmonies. And some of those mountain people had voices like you wouldn't believe.

FIDDLE

And am I born to die,
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be

A land of deepest shade
Unpierced by human thoughts
That weary region of the dead
Where all things are forgot
That weary region of the dead
Where all things are forgot

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