Musical piece by Gavin Bryars. Based around a tape loop of found sound - a tramp singing the refrain "Jesus' blood never failed me yet / there's one thing I know / for he loves me so". Strings and woodwind slowly seep into the piece, which is quite mesmerising and astoundingly sad. Bryars notes that he was moved to begin the work after leaving the tape loop playing for a while, and discovering people weeping as a result. The work is indeed this powerful, IMHO.

Originally composed in 1971, released in a more substantial form in 1975, and then reworked in 1993 with additional vocals by Tom Waits (who has described the original as his "favourite recording"). Look for the 1993 CD in the classical section of a good record shop.

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