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Riff: Mavis Staples – “What Are They Doing In Heaven Today”

Jun 25, 2013

I’m thinking of friends whom I used to know/Who lived and suffered in this world below

from What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? lyrics by Mavis Staples

Staples may seem pretty convinced that the afterlife is a paradise where sin and sorrow are all done away with on this gutsy rendition of Washington Phillips‘ gospel standard, but she appears less sure as to how the friends she’s lost are actually spending their time there.

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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