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God Don't Never Change

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Released  1929–30
Recorded  December 10, 1929
Length  2:59
Format  10" 78 rpm
Genre  Gospel blues
A-side  "Let Your Light Shine on Me"

"God Don't Never Change" is a gospel blues song recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1929, and released on Columbia 14490-D. The song is sometimes known as "God Don't Ever Change".


The recording history suggests that the song was largely overlooked for many years, until it was noticed in the 1990s.


The gist of the chorus, and the subject-matter of the song, is:

The verses include allusions to:

  • Psalm 114:4 "The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs".
  • Amen Corner, that part of a church where the most vocally devout worshipers congregate, as in the poem "Trouble in the Amen Corner".
  • The influenza pandemic of 1918–20. The topicality of that event suggests that Johnson wrote at least that verse. Unless and until an earlier version can be found, he can be credited with both the tune and the words.
  • Recordings

    Recordings by notable artists include:

  • 1929 – Blind Willie Johnson
  • 1990 – Glenn Kaiser and Darrell Mansfield, on the album Trimmed and Burnin'
  • 1991 – Russ Taff, on the album Under Their Influence
  • 1994 – Tom Shaka, on the album Hot'N Spicey
  • 1995 – Catfish Keith, on the album Fresh Catfish
  • 1996 – "God Don't Ever Change" by Cissy Houston on the album Face To Face
  • 1997 – Jimmy Vivino, on the album Do What, Now?
  • 1999 – Knut Reiersrud, on the album Sub
  • 2002 – Cary Hudson, on the album The Phoenix
  • 2002 – Max Ochs, on the album Letter to the Editor
  • 2009 – Ashley Cleveland, on the album God Don't Never Change
  • 2009 – The Radiators, on the album 10/09/09 New Orleans, LA Tipitinas
  • 2014 – Levon Helm Band, on the album The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3
  • 2016 – Lucinda Williams, on the various artists' album God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
  • References

    God Don't Never Change Wikipedia