I'd Rather Have Jesus

Men strive for the wealth of this wide, wicked world

Author: Luther G. Presley
Tune: [Men strive for the wealth of this wide, wicked world]
Published in 15 hymnals

Author: Luther G. Presley

Luther G. Presley (March 6, 1887 – December 6, 1974) was a songwriter, musician, and composer, who is best-known for writing the lyrics to the gospel song "When the Saints Go Marching In". Luther G. Presley was born on Beckett Mountain in Faulkner County, Arkansas on March 6, 1887. He studied music beginning at the age of 14, where he excelled. He soon became choir director. He wrote his first song, "Gladly Sing," when he was 17. He furthered his study in singing and music, under renowned teachers. Work Luther Presley wrote the lyrics for the gospel spiritual "When the Saints Go Marching In", in 1937, while Virgil O. Stamps composed the music and melody to the famous work. Luther Presley was inducted into the Southern Gospel Mus… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Men strive for the wealth of this wide, wicked world
Title: I'd Rather Have Jesus
Author: Luther G. Presley
Refrain First Line: I'd rather live in that bright city



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

America's Favorite Radio Songs #d57

Best of All #d88

Best of All Songs #d54

Favorite Radio Songs #d101

Gospel Quartets #d92


Inspiring Gospel Solos and Duets No. 1 #102

New Songs of Inspiration No. 2 #d130

New Songs of Inspiration Number 3 #d141

Old Camp Meeting Songs #d81

Our Leader #d69

Primitive Baptist Hymnal #d207

Sacred Selections for the Church #150

Songs of Inspiration #d121

Thankful Hearts #d83

The New Wonderful Songs for Work and Worship #d130

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