Bluegrass Group Cotton Pickin Kids 'I Am The Man, Thomas' Cover

Bluegrass Group Cotton Pickin Kids 'I Am The Man, Thomas' Cover

This is a catchy rendition of the song, ‘I Am The Man Thomas’ by the bluegrass band, Cotton Pickin Kids. With a mix of the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals, this song will get you in the spirit. 

The Cotton Pickin Kids are made up of the Cipollari family of 13 from Alabama. They all grew up singing and playing bluegrass music as you can probably tell. In their family, you are taught an instrument from an early age. This makes for a very musical family who now share their talents with the world.

‘I AM The Man Thomas’ was written by Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass artist of the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys together with Larry Sparks. Bob Dylan was also a big fan of the song. Although he never recorded it, he did sing it live 59 times from 1999 through 2002. 

“I am the Man, Thomas, I am the Man
Look at these nail scars here in my hands
They drove me up the hill, Thomas, I am the Man
They made me carry the cross, Thomas, I am the Man”

The song is based on Thomas or “Doubting Thomas” from the Bible. The story of “Doubting Thomas” can be found in John 20:24-29, where Jesus appears to Thomas after his death and resurrection. 

The lyrics to ‘I Am The Man Thomas’ are about when Jesus talks to Thomas, showing him the scars in his hands. Jesus also goes on to tell him about the crown of thorns, being pierced in the side, being buried, and then rising from the dead three days later. A powerful song to be sure. 

“The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” -John 20:25

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