THERE'LL BE NO DISTINCTION THERE (BLIND ALFRED REED) (1929)



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This song was recorded by Blind Alfred Reed with Arville Reed in New York, NY, 3 Dec 1929 and released as RCA VICTOR Vi 23550/BLUEBIRD Bb 5882. It is related in topic to A. P. Carter's "NO DEPRESSION IN HEAVEN." THE ORIGINAL CARTER FAMILY subsequently also recorded the first two verses of Reed's song with one additional verse not to be found in Reed's version (Chicago, IL, Thursday, 3 Oct 1940; OKEH OK 05982/CONQUEROR Cq 9572).
Manfred Helfert

Lyrics as reprinted in liner notes for "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?" Rounder 1001, 1972

There'll be no sorrow on that heavenly shore,
There'll be no woes at the cabin door.
We'll all be wealthy and the poor will all be there,
We'll be rich and happy in that land bright and fair,
There'll be no distinction there,

There'll be no distinction there,
There'll be no distinction there,
For the Lord is just and the Lord is right,
And we'll all be white in that heavenly light,
There'll be no distinction there,

In the same kind of raiment and the same kind of shoes,
We'll all sit together in the same kind of pews,
The whites and the colored folks, the gentiles and the Jews,
We'll praise the Lord together and there'll be no drinking booze,
There'll be no distinction there,

Oh when we get to heaven, we will know and understand;
No woman will be flirting with another woman's man.
There'll be no trouble in that holy happy land;
We'll play on golden instruments and shout to beat the band,
There'll be no distinction there.

We're never blue in heaven, nothing there to wreck the mind;
Everybody is our neighbor, all the folks are good and kind.
No aggravating women there to boss the men around;
When we enter into heaven, we will wear a golden crown,
There'll be no distinction there.

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