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Thread #46652   Message #693085
Posted By: SharonA
18-Apr-02 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: Need grace (thanks for food) songs
Subject: RE: Need grace (thanks for food) songs
Anyway, here are some Grace songs, with comments in italics from the folks who submitted them, that I pulled them from the "A Prairie Home Companion songbook" at http://phc.mpr.org/activities/19970704_campsongs/index.html (NOTE: A couple of the songs at that site were submitted by Joe Offer!)


THE DOXOLOGY
(To the tune of "Jamaican Farewell")

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him all creatures here below,
Praise him above all heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

The same words can be sung to the theme song of the "Gillette Cavalcade of Sports".

—Dick Roy


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More Doxology stuff: At Camp Loy White in the foothills of North Carolina, the Camp Director used to make up songs for blessings or sing-alongs dependent on the happenings of the day. For instance, when everybody was sunburned from a trip to the lake, the blessing that night was:

To the tune of "The Doxology"

Thank God for sun and sun tan oil.
Thank God for crabs and shrimp to boil.
Thank God we spent the day in fun.
May our sunburns be minor ones. AMEN.

—Mike S-R, Pearl, MS

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Another "Hernando's Hideaway" song, similar to the one I posted earlier:

Be pre-sent at our table, Lord.
Be here, and ev'rywhere adored.
These mer-cies bless and grant that we
May faith-full for thy service be. A-men!

—Susan Squires Cox, San Francisco, CA

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...One of the most fun camp songs we sang, was Amazing Grace to various different tunes. For example:

To the tune of "The Mickey Mouse Club Song"

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
A-m-a-z, -i-n-g G-r-a-c-e
Amazing Grace (amazing grace)
Amazing Grace (amazing grace)
Forever let us hold His banner high! (high! high! high!)

I once was lost but now I'm found was blind but now I see!
A-m-a-z, -i-n-g G-r-a-c-e

[Can also be sung to the tune of] "Ghost Riders in the Sky" (Go ahead TRY IT! You will need two verses of Amazing grace to get through one musical verse.) Try it with other songs too! The words are in such a common rhythm it fits into bunches of songs. These are just the funniest ones I remember.

—Amber Mahoney, Lafayette, IN


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YAWNING IN THE MORNING
(Tune: Roamin' in the Gloaming)

Yawning in the morning when the rising bell has rung.
Yawning in the morning when the dawning day's begun.
And when our dip is o'er, and we've had good food once more
Then we're happy yawning in the morning.

—Beets McMahon

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I'll TRY to link the index to the entire songbook! Here goes: CLICK HERE TO SEE APHC SONGBOOK INDEX

Sharon