Come Let Us Go Back To God

Post number 1 about a track from the first recording session with the Soul Stirrers.

The song was written by the great Thomas Dorsey who also wrote Peace in the Valley, another early Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers song. Not my favorite of the oevre but it’s fun to hear a very young Sam Cooke perform here. It has gotten some new attention when it was featured in the movie Ladykillers. The soundtrack also has a version of the same song by Donnie McClurkin.

Lyrics:

What happened across the sea, may come to you and me.

OHHH come let us go back to god, go back to god

oohh come on, let us go back, come on, let us go back
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

I know the way, without my lord, mighty hard ohhhh yeah
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

That I know death has, marred the path. Yes death has marred, the path we trod
Let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god, let’s go back to god

Come on yes let us go back, go back to god
Lets go back to god, lets go back to god, Ooohh let us go back to god

There is trouble in the air, destruction is everywhere
And men are being tramped, beneath the soil
And nations – great and small, have nigh begun to fall

OHHH come let us go back to god, go back to god

Soul Stirrers:  

  • Sam Cooke (lead)
  • Paul Foster (lead)
  • Senior Roy Crain (first tenor)
  • Thomas L. Bruster (baritone)
  • R.B. Robinson (baritone)
  • Jesse J. Farley (bass)

Recorded March 1, 1951 at Universal Recorders in Hollywood by Art Rupe

Singles    Specialty 813 b/w Joy, Joy To My Soul (1951, sold 23.300 copies)

Albums    

  • The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
  • Jesus Gave Me Water
  • My Gospel Roots
  • That’s Heaven To Me
  • Touch The Hem Of His Garment
  • LadyKillers soundtrack
  • Presents for All

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A new start

Hello there Sam Cooke fan,

my name is Martyn and for 15 years I ran the website Songs of Sam Cooke. Unfortunately I had to close it due to lack of funds, so I decided to turn to WordPress to restart the site, but more in a blogform. Here I will discuss his songs, albums, covers, basically anything I come across that I think is worth sharing. Hopefully I can post something every two weeks.

– Martyn