You`ve got to run to win the race
Go along the way and quick the pace
So remember when you`re worried faith is fallin` down
That you got to bear a cross if you want to wear a crown.
Our Lord is testing us each day
He`ll try us out in every way
So don`t dispair when burdens fall around
You got to bear a cross if you want to wear a crown.
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We`ve seen some men rise to the top
Then fall apart if they should drop
They can`t live on without their wealth
They blame the Lord above and they never blame themselves.
Out of these fallen some will rise
Accept their fate and realize
That their own trial to God they`ll hear the trumpet sound
That you got to bear the cross if you want to wear a crown...
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including "White Lightning", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved." Waylon Jennings expressed a similar opinion in his song "It's Alright": "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." The shape of his nose and facial features earned Jones the nickname "The Possum."