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I Wanna Be Ready

John said the city was just four-square

Tune: BE READY
Published in 20 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

Refrain:
I wanna be ready,
I wanna be ready,
I wanna be ready to walk in Jerusalem just like John.

1 John said the city was just four-square,
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
and he declared he'd meet me there.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]

2 I've never been to heaven but I've been told
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
that the streets up there are paved with gold.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]

3 If you get there before I do,
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
tell all my friends I'm comin' too.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #624

Text Information

First Line: John said the city was just four-square
Title: I Wanna Be Ready
Meter: 8.10.8.10 with refrain
Source: Negro Spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I wanna be ready
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #3171
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Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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African American Heritage Hymnal #600

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #473

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #712

Text

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #7

Text

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #624

Page Scan

The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #607

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #3171

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This Far By Faith #41

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Total Praise #598

Include 11 pre-1979 instances
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