Listen: Al Green Shares First Recording in 10 Years with Freddy Fender’s ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’

Listen: Al Green Shares First Recording in 10 Years with Freddy Fender’s ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’

Lauren Leadingham

Recorded in 2018, Reverend Al Green’s version of the Freddy Fender classic is now available on other music platforms

Singer-songwriter and record producer Al Green has released a cover of “Before The Next Teardrop Falls,” most famously recorded by Freddy Fender.

Reverend Green first recorded the song with Matt Ross-Spang in 2018, ten years after 2008’s Lay It Down. With his signature soul, he reshapes the original (sung bilingually by Mexican-American country singer Fender). Organ player Charles Hodges returns for this track — his first time playing with Al Green since the ’80s.

“As a lifelong Memphian, I’ve always been a massive fan of Al Green and his producer Willie Mitchell,” Ross-Spang said in 2018. Continuing, “Together they created some of the most enduring soul music. Sonically speaking, Willie and Al also really invented a distinct sound that separated them from Stax or Motown.

“When Al arrived at the studio he was already incredibly warm and gracious, but he really became animated and enthusiastic when we all started recording the song live in the room,” Ross-Spang said. “His passion and voice are just as strong as when he first found them as a young man.”

*Feature image credit: Philippe Merle/Getty Images

Chance The Rapper & Jeremih – Snowed In Lyrics

(Intro – Jeremih)
I’ll be home for Christmas
Whether everybody say
I’ll be right there on the sleigh, for you
I’ll be home for Christmas
F**k bout what they have to say
Pull up on you in the sleigh
No, you got them gifts for me, yeah, yeah
Hope you do them tricks for me, yeah, yeah
Know you on my list, shawty, yeah, yeah
Roll up something, lift for me, yeah, yeah
Baby every Christmas Eve
Won’t be right, you next to me
Tell me you gon ride on my sleigh
Whatever you wanna see
Can I be all that you need
Every year on Christmas Eve

(Chorus – Jeremih)
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is

(Verse 1 – Chance The Rapper)
Where you at? Come slide
I could really use a ride
When the Uber has arrived
I won’t even come inside
I just wanna catch a ride
Roll a wood, catch a vibe
We could have a silent night
Long as I’m up by your side

(Verse 2 – Jeremih)
You won’t need them boots or the furs
Give it to you proper, yes sir
Stay the night, baby here’s a shirt
I just need you next to me
Let’s get close and blame it all on the weather
Girl you know you deserve so much better
Let’s make a snowman and ball together
Every year on Christmas Eve

(Chorus – Jeremih)
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is

(Verse 3 – Jeremih)
Girl, you saying that’s fresh
Tell me how you like my Santa hat
Good times that’s how we take it back
With the Al Green up in a bag

I make her scream I’m Mr. Felcher
Yeah, while she cooking Hamburger Helper
She on the pole she Santa’s helper

(Verse 4 – Chance The Rapper)
It ain’t nothing no one can tell her
Hey lil mama in the pink
You would look good in a mink
They all say the same thing
All my exes say jinx
What you want, tryna link
Who are you trying to bring
They ain’t even gotta change
Let her jingle in her jeans

(Chorus – Jeremih & Chance The Rapper)
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is
Girl you slay, I love her
Now we ain’t got to hit the club
Know you cold, let’s bundle up
Baby you slay, I love her
I’m just tryna get some love
I hope it wasn’t obvious
Girl you slay, I love her
It’s a white Christmas at the crib
Tryna get snowed in
baby you slay, I love her
I’m gon unwrap you while we lay
Go and show me what it is
Girl you slay, I love her
Baby you slay, I love her
Girl you slay, I love her
Baby you slay, I love her