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I just can't keep from crying (Blind Willie Johnson)

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Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

When my heart is filled with sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears

I just can't keep from crying sometimes


My mother often told me, don’t you throw your life away

Nothing is your own, nothing’s here to stay

But I'm on the King's Highway, yes I'm on the King's Highway

I just can't keep from crying sometimes


No I just can't keep from crying sometimes

Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

When my heart is full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears

I just can't keep from crying sometimes


Well it hurt when she first left me, I grieved a little while

But I said it did not matter, and I hid behind a smile

But now that I am older, I’m ashamed of what I told her

I just can't keep from crying sometimes


No I just can't keep from crying sometimes

Well, I just can't keep from crying sometimes

When my heart is full of sorrow and my eyes are filled with tears

I just can't keep from crying sometimes


From Turkey Doolin at the Ya’ll Zig, released July 12, 2019

Music and lyrics by Blind Willie Johnson

Additional lyrics by Benjamin Adair Murphy

Recorded by Yuval Ziegler

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