Roll Big River/A Closer Walk With Thee

Lyrics: Traditional arr Hunter
Music: Traditional arr Hunter

Played by Robert Hunter on 18 November 1981. It isn't quite the traditional song Just A Closer Walk With Thee, and seems to have been adapted and extended by Robert Hunter.

Oh look at it roll, big river, look at it roll
Roll river, roll away
Look at it roll big river, both the saints and the sinners shiver
Let it roll, let it roll over me

All I want is a closer walk with thee
Help me in my misery
Oh, oh, I love this lonesome road
But still I long for a closer walk with thee

Oh look at it roll, big river, deep, roll away
Look at it roll, deep river, roll away
Roll deep river, both the saints and the sinners shiver
Oh, better roll, better roll away

All I want is a closer walk with thee
The hand of darkness clutches me
Roll river, maybe roll to a deeper sea
But still I long for a closer walk with thee

Oh deep river, don't you roll
Roll away, big river, roll away
Roll deep river, you know about the saints and the sinners shiver
Want you to roll, big river, over me

I know it rolls all around, by me
When the world shining, wind sings in the tree
Yes but when the darkness gathers and the cool wind blows tonight
I see a little bit of closer walk with thee

Just a closer walk with thee
Oh the hand of darkness clutches me
Oh big river, you know about the saints and the sinners shiver
Great God, all I want is a closer walk with thee

Deep river, you know about the saints and the sinners shiver
When I walk, walk, a closer walk with thee
Yeah let it roll, let it roll right over me