Chatter, Pap, and Paul have been fooling around with the old song Working on a Building for the past few weeks-if you were at fall festival you might have heard them do it there.
Over the years many people have covered the song: The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Davis, Old & in the Way, others, and too many local performers to name. I grew up hearing the song but can't remember who I heard sing it first-most likely a local group.
The song is generally said to be a traditional song-meaning no one knows who actually penned it. It is often listed as a Negro Spiritual. And as many songs of that age-the actual lyrics vary depending on who's singing it...or in our case what day we're singing it.
To add to the confusion there is another song with a similar title and a similar tune: Working on the Building written by Lillian M Bowles. You can hear a version of the Bowles song performed by none other than Elvis here.
Its easy to see why the song we do-Working on a Building has continued to be popular in southern gospel and bluegrass gospel circles after so many years. The words are repetitive and catchy with the tune being a real toe tapper.
In this video-Chatter, Pap, Paul, and Tipper off camera. (*Before you start the video you need to stop the music player-the music controls are along the top of this page on the far left side-just above the Blind Pig logo. Click the center round button to stop the player)
Hope you enjoyed the song! Chatter and Chitter have found it very entertaining to make up their own verses to the song. Things like if I was a crystal meth cooker I'd tell you what I'd do I'd quit my cooking and I'd work on a building too or if I was a robber I'd tell you what I'd do I'd give the money back and I'd work on the building too. Life is never dull with them two.