Something got a hold of me    (video)

 

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1. When first I heard of the people who claim

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    this old-time religion was real,

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    I says, I'll go down, take a look at the crowd,

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    it's just the weak-minded, I feel.

 

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But something got a hold of me,

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yes, something got a hold of me.

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I went there to fight, but on that night,

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there's something got a hold of me !

 

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2. I walked right down, peeped in at the door,

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    and the Devil says, don't you go in.

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    I says I'll go in, for that will not hurt,

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    and sit as far back as I can.                      +  CHORUS

 

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3. About that time he got up to preach,

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   and he looked right down upon me.

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    He told everybody how mean I had been,

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    don't think he thought much of me.                +  CHORUS

 

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4. They sing and shout and they all clasp their hands,

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    and they all got down on their knees.

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    When the fire fell from heaven it fell upon me,

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    and then I fell to the floor.

 

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But something got a hold of me,

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yes, something got a hold of me.

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I went there to fight, but on that night,

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there's something got a hold of me !

 

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5. So now I've learnt and no need to doubt,

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    that the old-time religion is real.

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    I have a spirit I'll never forget,

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    that something got a hold of me.

 

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+  Yes, something got a hold of me,

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    yes, something got a hold of me.

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    I have a spirit I'll never forget,

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    that something got a hold of me.

 

(orig. = capo 3rd)    (The Carter Family)