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Mavis Staples has shared a new song, “Jesus Lay Down Beside Me“, from her forthcoming album, Livin’ On A High Note.

The song has been written by Nick Cave: scroll down to hear it.

Livin’ On A High Note is due for release on February 19 via Anti-. It has been produced by M. Ward and aside from Cave’s song it also contains songs written for Staples by Justin Vernon and Neko Case.


“I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new,” Mavis explained of ‘High Note’. “I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of history that brought us down and I’m trying to bring us back up.”

The tracklist for Livin’ On A High Note is:

‘Take Us Back’ (Benjamin Booker)
‘Love And Trust’ (Ben Harper)
‘If It’s A Light’ (The Head and the Heart)
‘Action’ (tUnE-yArds)
‘High Note’ (Valerie June)
‘Don’t Cry’ (M. Ward)
‘Tomorrow’ (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
‘Dedicated’ (Justin Vernon/M.Ward)
‘History Now’ (Neko Case)
‘One Love’ (Son Little)
‘Jesus Lay Down Beside Me’ (Nick Cave)
‘MLK Song’ (M. Ward / Martin Luther King)

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