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Will It Do

     In the 1950s I had a friend, Harland Kinsey, with whom I often sang, at times on Berkeley radio station KPFA on a weekend music program called the Midnight Special, originated by a well known traditional music impresario, Barry Olivier. Harland's father was from Georgia and in 1956 Harland visited relatives in Dry Creek, Georgia, who were very pleased and helpful when he asked to record many of the songs that they knew and regularly sung. Among the songs he brought back to his California home with their agreement, was "Will It Do, Precious Lord," which I learned almost the first day I heard it on the tape. The Southwest writer Ed Abbey was visiting the Bay area at that time. He was very pleased to hear the song and its message when one of our mutual friends brought him over to our home in Walnut Creek and I sang it for him.
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Lord, how well do I know I have little to show
When this long tiresome journey is through.
Just a form that is bent from the years I have spent,
Will it do, precious Lord, will it do?

    Will it do when I come to the end of the way?
    My trophies are few, but, Lord, I can say,
    That I tried to be honest, I tried to be true.
    Will it do, precious Lord, will it do?

Will my two weary feet and my work-hardened hands
Be enough when I pass in review?
If I work, if I pray, to the end of the way,
Will it do, precious Lord, will it do?

    Will it do when I come to the end of the way?
    My trophies are few, but, Lord, I can say,
    That I tried to be honest, I tried to be true.
    Will it do, precious Lord, will it do?