There'll Be No Distinction There

There'll Be No Distinction There

Release date 10/02/15
There’ll Be No Distinction There


There’ll Be No Distinction There by Blind Alfred Reed / Peer International Corp. / BMI

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
We’ll all be white in the 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 coloreds both the gentiles and the Jews
We’ll praise the lord together and there’ll be no drinkin’ booze
There’ll be no distinction there (chorus)

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 (chorus)

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’ woman there to boss their men around
When we enter into heaven we will wear a golden crown
There’ll be no distinction there (chorus)

Recorded early 2003 at Minutia
Engineered by Gary Paczosa
Tim O’Brien – guitar, fiddle and vocal
Stuart Duncan – mandolin and fiddle
Dennis Crouch – bass

Song notes:
Blind Alfred Reed, a preacher and topical songwriter from Mercer County West Virginia, had a short but significant recording career. When RCA’s Ralph Peer was planning what became the historic Bristol Session in 1927, one of his talent scouts, Ernest “Pop” Stoneman recommended Reed who’s song about a recent train wreck, The Wreck of The Virginian, was already popular in his local area. Peer sent word to Reed, then 47 years old, who took the train to Bristol that July and made history along with the Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers and many others. He eventually recorded over 20 of his songs for Peer before the Great Depression ended his recording career. His How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live has since been recorded by the New Lost City Ramblers, Ry Cooder, and Bruce Springsteen, and even myself (on Always Lift Him Up, released by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame). Other more humorous Alfred Reed songs include Why Do You Bob Your Hair, Girls, and The Telephone Girl (recorded by his son and guitar accompanist Arville Reed).

This track, along with SOS-17 - Brother Can You Spare A Dime, was recorded with my very qualified buddies Stuart Duncan and Dennis Crouch for a sorta sound-alike CMH record, Oh Brother Can You Spare A Dime, which was marketed in the wake of the massively successful O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.

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