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    Default Old Man Singing Badly in Church Song

    I heard a song on the radio as a teenager (in the mid-80's) about an old man singing in church. It was a story-type song and apparently the old man couldn't sing very well and it was annoying all the other people in the church. One day the Preacher pulled him aside and told him about this, and asked him to stop singing or to sing very quietly.

    The refrain of the song was the old man saying back something like -- "Do you think they'll ask me to stop singing in the choir up in heaven with the angels?" Or something like that. It was a very sad song and I've never heard it again since.

    Any help or suggestions on how to find the artist or name of the song? Has anyone heard this song before?

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    I believe it's called "Heavenly Choir" by Canton Spirituals

    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR

    THERE WAS A LITTLE CHURCH - SITTIN' DOWN IN THE WOODS,
    AND AT THIS CHURCH – THEY HAD A CHOIR THERE - AND THEY COULD SING REAL WELL;

    AND, THERE WAS AN OLD DEACON THERE, HAD BEEN GOING TO THAT CHURCH FOR A MIGHTY LONG TIME, AND EVERY - SUNDAY MORNING - HE WOULD ALWAYS BEG THAT CHOIR DIRECTOR - “SAID LISTEN - WOULD YOU LET ME SING A SONG? - HE SAID I GOT A SONG THAT I WANT TO SING.”

    BUT, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT CHOIR DIRECTOR TOLD HIM? HE SAID, “OLD MAN, YOU TOO OLD TO SING IN THIS CHOIR; HE SAY, YOU GOT A TREMBLING IN YOUR VOICE.” LOOKA HEAR - HURT THE OLD MAN'S FEELINGS.

    AND YA'LL MIGHT NOT BELIEVE IT BUT - WHEN YOU GET OLD - WON'T FOLKS DO YOU LIKE THAT? WHEN YOU GET OLD - PEOPLE”LL JUST - PUSH YOU ON ASIDE - BUT THEY WENT TO CHURCH THAT NEXT SUNDAY MORNING - AND THEY NOTICED THAT THE OLD MAN WASN'T SITTING IN THE CORNER.

    AND THEY WENT ON BACK TO CHURCH THAT NEXT SUNDAY MORNING, AND THEY KNEW THAT THE OLD MAN STILL WASN'T SITTING IN THE CORNER.- THEY GETTING WORRIED NOW - AND THEY WENT ON BACK THAT NE—EEE--XT SUNDAY MORNING, AND THEY NO THAT THE OOOLD MAN STILL WASN'T SITTING IN THE CORNER.

    SOMEBODY BEGIN TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM – SAID DID ANYBODY SEE THE OLD MAN – LOOKA HEAR – HAS ANYBODY HEARD FROM THE OLD MAN “FINALLY - A VOICE JUST CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN WAY, I BELIEVE I'M GOING TO LET__________TELL YOU WHAT THE VOICE SAID,

    I FOUND ME A CHOIR THAT WOULD LET ME SING…YOU KNOW THAT I AM

    (BACKGROUND)
    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR.

    HALLELUJAH - HALLELUJAH

    YOU KNOW WHAT - BY THE TIME THEY RECOGNIZED WHOSE VOICE IT WAS – EVERYBODY BEGIN TO LOOK UP TOWARD HEAVEN WAY.

    AND THAT OLD MAN'S VOICE BEGAN TO TALK TO THEM – HE SAID CHILDREN – ONE THING ABOUT THIS CHOIR THAT I SING WITH NOW – HE SAID WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING TO SING – BUT EEEEEEEEEVERY MORNING – ME AND ALL THE ANGELS - WELL WE GET TOGETHER – AND WE SING SONGS THAT YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE.

    AND IF YA'LL DON'T MIND – IF YA'LL DON'T MIND – IF YA'LL DON'T MIND GONNA LET _____________ TELL YOU WHAT HE'S SAYING ONE MORE TIME. CAN HE TELL IT?

    I – I – I – I - I FOUND ME A CHOIR THAT WOULD LET ME SING…

    (BACKGROUND)
    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR.

    HALLELUJAH – HALLELUJAH

    WON'T IT BE GOOD – WHEN WE GET THERE- WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT – THEY'LL BE NO MORE SANCTUARY CHOIR - NO MORE PASTOR CHOIR – NO MORE CHOIR PRACTICE – BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE GET THERE – EVERYBODY'S GOING TO GET TOGETHER – NO MORE JEALOUSY – NO MORE HATRED – NO MORE ENVY.

    I BETTER LET THIS ALONE – THIS THING GETTING' GOOD TO ME – LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING - CAN I LET DADDY SING - CAN I LET DADDY SING – IF IT'S ALRIGHT I'LL LET HIM SING. LET ME HEAR YOU SAY YEAH! I'M GOING TO LET DADDY TELL YOU WHAT WE GOING TO DO WHEN WE GET THERE.

    SINGING – SINGING IN THE CHOIR WELL!
    SINGING – SINGING, SINGING IN THE CHOIR
    SINGING YA'LL – OH JESUS GONE LET ME SING IN THE CHOIR

    (BACKGROUND)
    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR.
    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR.
    SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR.
    Them that can, do; them that can't... memorize Artist and Title

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    Default uncle jesse

    this is one of my fav songs ever.. and always remembered it

    I guess you could call him a fixture
    round town they all knew his name
    everytime the church doors were open
    uncle jesse he up and came.

    he always wanted to sing in the choir
    though he couldnt sing a lick dont you know...
    he tried out for the antioch choir
    34 years in a row

    he say...
    please let me sing in the choir in the choir,
    please let me sing in the choir..
    one ole man cant be all that bad
    wont you please let me sing in the choir..

    it was on one sunday morning
    i remember it was raining some..
    church bells rang
    and everybody came
    cept for jesse he didnt come

    everyone started getting worried
    but we figured we'd start anyhow..
    right then uncle jesse's voice
    came ringing down from heaven
    and i dont know how.

    he said
    i found me a choir that let me sing
    now im singing in the choir
    folks down there cant hold me alive
    cause im singing in that heavenly choir

    oh he say

    please let me sing in the choir in the choir
    please let me sing in the choir

    one ole man cant be all that bad
    wont you please let me sing in the choir.

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    Brandy, Thanks for the additional lyrics. I believe your version of the song is called "The Antioch Church House Choir" which has been recorded by numerous artists including The Dixie Melody Boys and The Bill Gaither Trio.
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