The Statesmen introduced many of Mosie Lister’s great songs. The Statesmen’s timeless arrangements have been emulated by so many of the groups that have recorded those songs since that the Statesmen arrangement practically defines how we know these songs today.
An excellent case in point is “Till The Storm Passes By.” Mosie Lister originally wrote three verses; notable versions by the Statesmen and Greater Vision only used the first two. Here’s the third verse:
When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.
A distinct majority of arrangements through the years follow these groups’ leads. This third verse, however, did make an appearance at a Gaither Homecoming taping a few years ago: