Sunday Gospel Corner: Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands (live)

Bill Withers wrote the song Grandma’s Hands about his grandma (who had been born into slavery). Wikipedia says as a boy Withers would attend church with his grandmother, Lula, where she would sing and clap along with the hymns. He later said: “It was spontaneous singing, there was nothing programmed. People got up and sang and everybody would join in. It was my favourite kind of singing.”

So this track qualifies for Sunday Gospel Corner. The link above gives a live version of the song, which ends after about 2 minutes 20 seconds. But don’t stop the video there! There’s a great rendition of Use Me that follows, and it’s well worth a listen.

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