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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 26, Virtual Item 22, Q978, Peoples Temple congregation sings five song | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 26, Virtual Item 22, Q978, Peoples Temple congregation sings five song

The people of Peoples Temple sing five songs. Jim Jones leads two of them, and an unidentified woman leads two. The two led by Jones extol socialism and the community’s leader – i.e., himself – and all speak of freedom, struggle, and unity.

As with other songs performed by Peoples Temple, at least two – and perhaps others – are gospel songs adapted to relevance to Jones’ followers. The lyrics of the first song, “Climbing up the Mountain,” for example, have been changed from “I can see Jesus/ Standing there to meet us,” to “I can see Father standing just to the left.”

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestownwebsite, along with the tape transcript.

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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