I'm So Glad Today I'm Ready

by Saro Lynch-Thomason

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The original version of this song was provided by a woman named Clara Dickeson. Clara was a student at Berea College, KY in the 1940s or '50s and collected "I'm So Glad" as part of a folklore project, singing it for folklorist and teacher Leonard Roberts. Clara's version sings of going to heaven and meeting her parents there. In my version the singer is going to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River in North Carolina.

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I'm so glad today I'm ready
And my friends are here with me
And they promised to go with me
Even til the day I die

So bury me in some little graveyard
Place a chestnut over me
That I might go under gladly
Body twining to a tree

Go and tell those Blue Ridge Mountains
Who have fed and cradled me
That I'm coming home to see them
And I've missed them achingly

Go and tell that old New River
Who has cleansed and nourished me
That I'll soon flow through her waters
Soul unwinding through her streams

I'm so glad, today I am ready
And my friends are here with me
And they promised to go with me
Even til the day I die

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released January 22, 2016
Mixing and Accordion by Brian Claflin.

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