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Thread #8945   Message #57234
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Feb-99 - 01:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: May the Work I've Done Speak for Me
Subject: Lyr Add: MAY THE WORK I'VE DONE SPEAK FOR ME (Pugh
This is the way I learned the song from my friend Bob Fitch. He says the lyrics came from John Fromer of San Francisco. I was able to transcribe two verses from a sound clip of the original Consolers recording - you can find that here at tunes.com.
-Joe Offer-
SPEAK FOR ME
May the work I have done speak for me.
May the work I have done speak for me.
If I fall short of my goal
Someone else will take a hold
May the work I have done speak for me.

Children I've helped raise
Students I have taught
Songs I have sung
Friends I have made
Rights I have won
Votes I have cast
Love I have shared
Land I have loved

Original: May the Work I've done Speak for Me
by Sullivan S. Pugh
Recorded by The Consolers

May the work I've done speak for me.
May the work I've done speak for me.
When I'm resting in my grave.
There is nothing that can be said.
May the work I've done speak for me.

May the life I've lived speak for me

Solo and group singing may be the dominant forms of traditional black gospel, but there is also a handful of duos who have left indelible impressions. The long-lasting husband-and-wife team of Sullivan and Iola Pugh, otherwise known as The Consolers, was among the popular favorites. As were nearly all of The Consolers' records, "Work" was a Sullivan Pugh original.

This Florida husband and wife duo became extremely popular during the '50s and '60s with their song sermons and downhome stories of spiritual triumph. "Brother" Sullivan Pugh played a blues - tinged guitar and was lead vocalist, while his wife Iola provided harmony. At one point, only Rev. James Cleveland topped their sales figures on the gospel circuit.