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Thread #16368   Message #1286734
Posted By: Azizi
02-Oct-04 - 06:14 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me (John Hurt)
Subject: RE: ISO Tune:'Here Am I, Oh Lord Send Me.'
Good morning Joe!

Now that you mention it, I DO remember singing that verse with "Balm In Gilead."

It's interesting that both my mother and I associated this verse with "Go Tell It On The Mountain" instead of "Balm etc" which was also sung in our church and home.

It could be because the words to "Balm In Gilead" was sadder..It could also be because the references aren't as easy to understand.
I recall wondering as a child "What is a balm" {I thought they were saying "bomb") and "What is a Gilead?"

But the reference to mountain is easier to understand. Even though we didn't have mountains in Atlantic City, New Jersey where I grew up, I knew what a mountain was. That being said, in my adopted city of Pittsburgh, Pa it still amazes me to see layers upon layers of streets with houses on the mountains that native Pittsburghers call hills...

Have a good day!