Words by: Charles Davis Tillman (1861-1943)    

Music by: Traditional

Words & Music: Adapted from an African-American spiritual by Charles D. Tillman, who first heard it at an 1889 camp meeting in Lexington, South Carolina

       Shortly after the Civil War in America, a Methodist minister and his wife were blessed with the birth of a son. 

       When the boy became a teenager, he left home to make his way in the world. His fondest dream was to become a concert singer, but he never fulfilled his ambition. He took a job peddling songbooks, and later made his living by going around the countryside in a wagon demonstrating pianos for a local firm. 

       At the age of 25 he began to realize that his worldly goals would not be achieved and that even their complete attainment could never satisfy his deepest longings. Convicted by the Holy Spirit of having drifted far from his early training, Charlie Tillman received Christ as his Savior and spent the rest of his life singing and working for the Lord. 

       One day while passing through South Carolina, he heard a group of Colored worshippers chanting a lilting tune. He quickly jotted down the simple words and melody, for they spoke to him of his own conversion experience. Few today remember Charlie Tillman, but almost everyone has heard of “The Old Time Religion.”

http://www.tanbible.com/tol_sng/theoldtimereligion.htm

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/l/oldtimer.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-Time_Religion

Reader's Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy,  William L. Simon, editor.   Montreal, QC:  The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd, 1975.

Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.

 Page from The Jubilee Singers, 1873.
  Charles Davis Tillman (1861-1943)                                                                      

LYRICS:  The Old Time Religion 
Refrain
’Tis the old time religion,
’Tis the old time religion,
’Tis the old time religion,
And it’s good enough for me.
1. It was good for our mothers.
It was good for our mothers.
It was good for our mothers.
And it’s good enough for me.
2. It has saved our fathers.
It has saved our fathers.
It has saved our fathers.
And it’s good enough for me.
3. Makes me love everybody.
Makes me love everybody.
Makes me love everybody.
And it’s good enough for me.
4. It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying.
And it’s good enough for me.
5. It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven.
It will take us all to heaven.
And it’s good enough for me.