1 I’ve a banking house up in glory,
And I’m banking every day;
My securities are in vaults on high
Which never can decay.
I have a great big interest in the glory land,
Over on the other shore;
I’ve a mansion there that is great and grand,
Where I’ll live forevermore;
And then my mother waiting over there for me,
Holds another heav’nly share;
So that I can live eternally
On the treasures I have there.
2 I’m investing over in Beulah,
And my stocks surpass pure gold;
I am rated there with the saints of God,
Whose riches are untold. [Refrain]
3 I’m a joint heir now, with my Savior,
To the kingdom up on high;
Soon I’ll go to join in a partnership,
Where pleasures never die. [Refrain]
Edward C. Deas (unknown – 1944) was a hymnist, arranger of spirituals, music publisher, and music authority for the AME Church. Deas’s hymns, such as “Big Business in Glory” (1921) and “Shine for Jesus” (1925), reflect the simplicity and usage of common language characteristic of the 19th-century revival hymn. Deas also wrote the book Songs and Spirituals of Negro Composition (1928).
--Encyclopedia of African American Music, Volume 3, edited by Emmett George Price
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