In My Time of Dying is a gospel music song that has been recorded by various musicians. The title line was inspired by the Psalms 41:3 bible verse "The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing, thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness".
1926: Reverend J. C. Burnett recorded Jesus Is Going to Make Up Your Dying Bed in 1926, but it was never released.
1928: Blind Willie Johnson recorded the song as Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed as a gospel blues song.
1928: Reverend B.J. Hill and the Jubilee Gospel Team recorded Lower My Dying Head as a cappela song.
1929: Charlie Patton recorded a version with somewhat different lyrics as "Jesus Is A-Dying Bed Maker"
1932: Martha Emmons published a nine-stanza, nine-refrains, version that she heard in Waco, Texas, under the title "Tone de Bell Easy"
1933: Josh White recorded the song as Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed. White later recorded it between 1944 and 1946 as "In My Time of Dying", which inspired several popular versions.
1962: Bob Dylan included a version titled In My Time of Dyin’ on his album titled Bob Dylan.
In My Time of Dying is the 3rd track on side one of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, which was released February 24, 1975. At just over 11 minutes it’s the longest studio track by Led Zeppelin. The very end of In My Time of Dying features John Bonham’s off-mic cough, causing the rest of the group to break into laughter.
Jimmy Page had the following to say about In My Time of Dying during a May 1993 interview with Brad Tolinski of Guitar World:
W: "If Houses of the Holy was one of your tightest productions, then Physical Graffiti is one of your loosest. Did you make a conscious decision to retreat from a highly polished sound?”
Page: "Yes, but not completely. In My Time of Dying is a good example of something more immediate. It was just being put together when we recorded it. It is jammed at the end and we do not even have a proper way to stop the thing. But I just thought it sounded like a working group. We could have tightened it up, but I enjoyed its edge.”
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