“Nobody’s Fault but Mine” (aka “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine”)
Ry Cooder, 2018
Pops Staples, 2015 (recorded 1998)
Willie Nelson, 2010
Nina Simone, 1969
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1949
Blind Willie Johnson, 1927
last night, Oak Park, Ill.
Swan Silvertones, “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep,” 1958
Some, too fragile for winter winds
The thoughtful grave encloses –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 91 (Franklin; excerpt)
“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” aka “Motherless Child” (trad.)
Bessie Griffin, live, Holland, 1972
back to church
“Until I Die,” Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2001
by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)The world is charged with the grandeur of God.It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oilCrushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.And for all this, nature is never spent;There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;And though the last lights off the black West wentOh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —Because the Holy Ghost over the bentWorld broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
other day, Oak Park, Ill.