Done here as a banjo hymn, this gospel number has been around about 100 years. Evidently it started out as part of the black gospel tradition. It was recorded in 1924 by Stovepipe No 1 (Sam Jones)under the title "Lord Don't You Know, I Have No Friend Like You." It quickly crossed over into country music and was recorded by The Carter Family in 1931, J.E. Mainer's Mountainers in 1935, and the Monroe Brothers in 1936. Since then it has become a standard in bluegrass, country, and southern gospel.