Joseph's Prayer to His Baby Son - Live on Mountain Stage

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    It seems like the day before yesterday when I was dreaming about being on Mountain Stage. Here I am, twenty five years later, presenting you with some of my favorite memories from the program. In that timespan, my idols have become mentors and close friends. I am forever grateful to Larry Groce and everyone at Mountain Stage. Your program continues to amaze and inspire me. You have helped lift me up to places I was unable to see or reach. Thanks for the fine work over the years and thanks for the cape! Todd Burge (March 2016)

    For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR, each two hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 150 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.

    Recorded live on Mountain Stage and used by permission of Mountain Stage, West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Francis Fisher (engineer), Larry Groce/ Andy Ridenour/Adam Harris (producers) Patrick Stevens (additional mixing on “Nuts” and technical assistance)

    Todd Burge (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica & ukulele)
    The Mountain Stage Band: Steve Hill (bass), Ammed Solomon (drums), Julie Adams (vocal), Bob Thompson (piano & vocal), Michael Lipton (electric guitar), Ron Sowell (Music Director, acoustic guitar & vocal), Ryan Kennedy (electric guitar & organ)

    Additional Players: William Matheny (electric guitar, mandolin & banjo), Joseph Hale (Keyboards on Shark), Deni Bonet (violin), Laurel Dennie (backing vocals) Larry Groce (comedy on final track)

    Mastering: David K. Shipley at Foxwood Mastering – Nashville TN

    Photos by: Josh Saul, Amos Perrine, Brian Blauser, Lisa and Todd Burge

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Recorded live on Mountain Stage and used by permission of Mountain Stage, West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Francis Fisher (engineer), Larry Groce/ Andy Ridenour/Adam Harris (producers)

Todd Burge (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica)
The Mountain Stage Band: Steve Hill (bass), Ammed Solomon (drums), Julie Adams (vocal), Bob Thompson (piano & vocal), Michael Lipton (electric guitar), Ron Sowell (Music Director, acoustic guitar & vocal), Ryan Kennedy (electric guitar & organ)

Additional Players: William Matheny (electric guitar, mandolin & banjo), Joseph Hale (Keyboards on Shark), Deni Bonet (violin), Laurel Dennie (backing vocals) Larry Groce (comedy on final track)


Tracks 1, 6 & 10 - Tamarack Conference Center – Beckley WV 2006
Tracks 4,11,15 & 16 - Culture Center Theater - Charleston WV 2009
Track 2 - The Civic Center Little Theater – Charleston WV 2011
Track 7 - Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium – Athens Ohio 2011
Tracks 3, 8 &14 - Creative Arts Center WVU – Morgantown WV 2012
Tracks 5, 9, 12 & 13 - Culture Center Theater – Charleston WV 2015

lyrics

Joseph’s Prayer – By Todd Burge
Intro E, G#7, A

E G#m
My name is Joseph and my friends all call me Joe
A B
But you believers know me as the daddy of your lord
E G#m
But not the father of his flesh, nor the father of his soul
A B
Because when it comes to those our Holy Father claims them as his own
E – A – E

I had a humble life from the day Jacob begat me
And forever I’ve been told that Abraham begat our family tree
And it grew many branches 14 generations times three
Then it was up to me to start another branch I’m sure you see

A G#m F#m B7
So I hooked up with Mary and we wed right away

A G#m
But I never laid a hand on her I swear
F#m B7
I never laid a hand on her I swear
E, A, E

So what’s a man to do as he has a wife with child
And he knows all that I knew and all I know you now know too
So we decided to run away instead of hanging our heads in shame
But an angel said to stay and rejoice in this new born king
And embrace his name

But I never laid a hand on her I swear
I never laid a hand on her I swear













E G#m
So now when I pray to God I pray to my baby son
A
I pray, please baby Jesus give me strength
B
To believe what that angel told me in my sleep
E G#m
And I’ll do the best I can but I’m just a mortal man you see
A B
But at times I wake up late haunted by this doubt I keep
B-Bb-A G#m--------B
About your dear mother, because she’s mortal too

A G#m
I never laid a hand on her I swear
F#m B7
I never laid a hand on her I swear
A G#m
I never laid a hand on her I swear
F#m B7
I never laid a hand on her I swear
E – A- E

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from Live on Mountain Stage 2006​-​2015, released May 5, 2016

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Todd Burge Parkersburg

WV Troubadour, Played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, but is mainly known for the sharp wit, soaring vocal & guitar prowess found in many of his songs while performing his hybrid brand of Contemporary Americana-Folk. He has performed venues as diverse as NPR's Mountain Stage, CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is about to perform near you. ... more

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