Rev. Edward W. Clayborn
The Guitar Evangelist
Your Enemy Cannot Harm You, But Watch Your Close Friend

Vocalion 1082, Recorded in Chicago, 1926.
Guitar and Vocal: Edward W. Clayborn
Composer: Edward W. Clayborn

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Your close friend,
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But watch your close friend

When the soldiers were after Jesus
They could not get to Him;
They made a plot with Judas
Who Christ took for His friend

Your close friend,
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
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They planned to give him money
And for the Garden they made a start;
Judas would not bring the soldiers in the light
So he waited until it got dark

Your close [ - ],
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But watch your close friend

Christ's folks sat at the table,
Told the boys to watch and see:
"The hand that will betray your Master
Now sops in the dish with Me"

Your [ - - ],
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But [ - - - - ]

Judas was Christs's enemy;
He led the soldiers in;
When they had reached the Garden
Christ still called Judas His friend

Your [ - - ],
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But watch your close friend

People, i want to tell you
Just how your friend will do;
They'll wait to get your secret
And dig a pit for you

Your [ - - ],
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But [ - - - - ]

When you tell him your secret
They will laugh like they are glad,
But they never say anything about it
Until you make them mad

Your [ - - ],
Your close friend,
Your enemy cannot harm you,
But watch your close friend

Your enemy knows nothing about you
And there's no way to get in,
But the way your heart is made to bleed
Is by your bosom friend

Your close [ - ],
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Lyrics transcribed by catherine yronwode, 30 JAN 2014



Note that on the original 1926 label for Vocalion 1082, the title is incorrectly given as "Your Enemies [sic] Cannot Harm You, but Watch Your Close Friend" and the name of the singer is incorrectly given as "The Guitar Evangelist (Rev. Edward W. Clayborn)." These are label errors, which were common occurrences in the record industry at that time. In fact, Rev. Clayborn uses only the word "Enemy" (singular) throughout the song, and, of course, his proper name is Rev. Edward W. Clayborn, so his descriptive nickname -- The Guitar Evangelist -- should have been in parentheses, not the other way around.