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At number 24 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “People Get Ready” by The Impressions. This song is from 1965, and I thought that I did not know it when I saw it listed. But, once I listened to it to write this blog, I knew that I had heard this song many times before. It was written by Curtis Mayfield, and it reflects Mayfield’s increasing social and religious awareness. It has strong gospel overtones, and reached number 14 in the US singles charts.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 24 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “People Get Ready” by The Impressions.



This song has been covered by many other artists, including Eva Cassidy, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. Jeff Beck and Rod Steward recorded a version in the mid-1980s which is possibly one of the better known cover versions.

People get ready, there’s a train comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket you just thank the lord

People get ready, there’s a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There’s hope for all among those loved the most
There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner whom would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there is no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

People get ready there’s a train comin’
You don’t need no baggage, just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
You don’t need no ticket, just thank the lord


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!





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