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Testify (Alan Doyle) videos
#2102 YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

I feel the irons on my wrist and lament,
it's come to this,
When they hang me from the gallows tree,
"Such is life," you'll hear me hiss;
I'm not the reddest-handed bandit here,
but I'm the one who'll take the fall,
And this smoking gun's been smothered
by the long arm of the law.

The chaplain says, "The end is started,
and your judgement has begun,
Prayers can lead to God's forgiveness
for all the foolish things you've done;
You've got tonight to find some peace of mind
before you leave this world."
And I hope and pray you'll let me do
to get what I deserve:

Take me down to the river, Preacher,
take me by the hand,
Take me down to the river,
mend this soul of a broken man;
Drown me in forgiveness,
wash these bloody hands of mine,
Take me down one last river, Lord,
let me testify.

I believe in God's benevolence,
and I have seen with my own eyes,
In the river just outside your gate,
Sunday sinners get baptized;
I'll pray for my redemption,
but I'm quite sure that he won't hear,
I've never had that watered cross
trickle in my ear.

The chaplain's face it grew sadder.
"You've not been christened, son?"
"No," I said, and I hung my head,
"Is there nothing to be done?
If I could get down to that river,
can't you see how cleansed I'd be,
The latest lamb, in God's hands,
my soul will be set free."

Take me down to the river, Preacher,
take me by the hand,
Take me down to the river,
mend this soul of a broken man;
Drown me in forgiveness,
wash these bloody hands of mine,
Take me down one last river, Lord,
let me testify.

As they take me to the river,
two guards and the chaplain,
The moonlight shines on the holy tides,
my prayers have been answered;
I take my sodden walk to Jesus,
all piety and grace,
And the guards release my shackles,
but they cannot read my face.

The deepest breath that I can take,
as I plunge under the water,
The chaplain had the kindest ways,
but he could have been a whole lot smarter;
Two kicks and I'm traveling
beneath the muddy waters gleam,
By the time I take a second breath,
I'm a hundred yards downstream.

Take me down to the river, Preacher,
take me by the hand,
Take me down to the river,
mend this soul of a broken man;
Drown me in forgiveness,
wash these bloody hands of mine,
Take me down one last river, Lord,
let me testify.

Gotta testify....

Testify, Lord, testify,
Testify, Lord, testify;
Testify, Lord, testify,
Testify, Lord, testify.

####.... Alan Doyle [b.1969] Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador-born Canadian musician and actor, and Russell Crowe [b.1964] Wellington, New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer, and musician ....####
Originally recorded by Alan Doyle (Boy On Bridge, trk#5, 2012 CD, Skinner's Hill Music Ltd. Under exclusive license to Universal Music Canada).

The video above features the Alan Doyle Trio, with Cory Tetford on guitar and Kendel Carson on fiddle, on tour for the debut of Alan's first solo album, Boy On Bridge at the Heritage Theatre in Woody Point August 22, 2012, closing the second of Alan's two sold-out shows to open this year's Writers At Woody Point Festival in Woody Point, NL.

The video below features this Crowe/Doyle song in a MalAndRuccolo film ©2012 Skinner's Hill Music Ltd. Under exclusive license to Universal Music Canada Inc. Produced in Co-operation with Country Music Television Canada's Video Advantage Grant Program.


#2124 YouTube video by alanthomasdoyle
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~


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