I Wanna Be Ready

John said the city was just four-square

Tune: [John said the city was just foursquare]
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Representative Text

Refrain:
I wanna be ready,
I wanna be ready.
I wanna be ready to walk in Jerusalem just like John.

1 John said the city was just four-square,
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
and he declared he'd meet me there.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]

2 I've never been to heaven but I've been told
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
that the streets up there are paved with gold.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]

3 If you get there before I do,
To walk in Jerusalem just like John.
tell all my friends I'm comin' too.
To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, [Refrain]


Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #712

Text Information

First Line: John said the city was just four-square
Title: I Wanna Be Ready
Meter: 8.10.8.10 with refrain
Source: Negro Spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I wanna be ready
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #3171
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African American Heritage Hymnal #600

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #473

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #712

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Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #7

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The Cyber Hymnal #3171

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This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #41

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