Riff: Mavis Staples – “Jesus Wept”

Jun 25, 2013

My throat quits when I try to say/How I long for the day/How I wish there was a way/To see you again

from Jesus Wept lyrics by Mavis Staples

Displaying her ability to sing every word as though her life depended on it, Staples reveals that even though the joy of music can temporarily lift her spirits, she still yearns for the day when she will be reunited with the lost love who she believed she’d always be linked arm in arm with.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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