Step by Step

Step by step
All the happy Saints go marching in
And if one of those Saints step out of line
He’ll have to start again
Cause Jacob’s golden ladder
Gets slippery at the top
And many a happy-go-lucky saint
Has made that long long drop

If I’m late don’t wait
Go on without me
I may tarry awhile
Cause I need to know
Before I go
How come the Devil smiles

If I’m late don’t wait
Go on without me
I may tarry awhile
Cause I need to know
Before I go
How come the Devil smiles

Free from care
Free from sin
The Saints are trooping in
The children play all around the throne
Innocent of sin
A trillion voices sing the name
The mortals may not know
And Heaven’s walls are too high to hear
The trouble down below

If I’m late don’t wait
Go on without me
I may tarry awhile
Cause I need to know
Before I go
How come the Devil smiles
I need to know
Before I go
How come the Devil smiles
I need to know
Before I go
How come the Devil smiles


Jesse Winchester
The Wire: …and all the pieces matter
Release: 2008
Lyrics: Jesse Winchester
Music: Jesse Winchester

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