If I Can Help Somebody

Abstract

These are the words to a song written in 1945 by Alma Bazel Androzzo that was made famous by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Dr. King quotes this song in his Drum Major Instinct sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 4, 1968.

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If I Can Help Somebody
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Transcript

If I Can [Underlined: Help somebody] as I pass along If I can [Underlined: cheer somebody] with a word or song If I can [Underlined: show somebody] he is travelling wrong Then my living will not be in vain x x x x x x x x x x x x x x If I can do [Underlined: my duty] as a Christian ought If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought If I can [Underlined:spread the] message as the Master taught Then my living [Underlined: will not] be in vain x x x x x x x x x Then my living will not be in vain If I can help somebody as I pass along - [Underlined: My Living will not] be in vain
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