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Religious Songs That Speak To You

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Subject: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:13 PM

For one reason or another, I'm in the mood for religious songs.

I'm wondering what old or new religious songs speak to you.

I'll share some examples of songs that I like in this thread. I hope that you'll also share some examples of song that speak to you.

Thanks in advance for sharing examples and comments about this subject.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Peace
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:17 PM

The ultimate song IMO has to be "Silent Night".


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:19 PM

BEAMS OF HEAVEN AS I GO



1.        Beams of heaven as I go,
        through the wilderness below,
        guide my feet in peaceful ways,
        turn my midnights into days.
        When in the darkness I would grope,
        faith always sees a star of hope,
        and soon from all life's grief and danger
        I shall be free someday.

Refrain:
        I do not know how long 'twill be,
        nor what the future holds for me,
        but this I know: if Jesus leads me,
        I shall get home someday.

2.        Oftentimes my sky is clear,
        joy abounds without a tear;
        though a day so bright begun,
        clouds may hide tomorrow's sun.
        There'll be a day that's always bright,
        a day that never yields to night,
        and in its light the streets of glory
        I shall behold someday.
        (Refrain)

3.        Harder yet may be the fight;
        right may often yield to might;
        wickedness a while may reign;
        Satan's cause may seem to gain.
        There is a God that rules above,
        with hand of power and heart of love;
        if I am right, he'll fight my battle,
        I shall have peace someday.
        (Refrain)

4.        Burdens now may crush me down,
        disappointments all around;
        troubles speak in mournful sigh,
        sorrow through a tear-stained eye.
        There is a world where pleasure reigns,
        no mourning soul shall roam its plains,
        and to that land of peace and glory
        I shall want to go someday.

Text: Charles Albert Tindley, ca. 1906
Music: Charles Albert Tindley, ca. 1906; arr. by J. Edward Hoy, 1984
Tune: SOMEDAY, Meter: 77.77.88.96 with Refrain

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh524.sht

        (Refrain)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: mg
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:20 PM

Oh Sacred Head Surrounded..the older versions (there are some wretched newer ones)...Sinless and beautiful star of the sea...Hail Holy Queen enthroned above sung at full throttle..the French Canadian lumberjacks used to sing it in the woods to keep track of where each other were and not to stray too far from the sound of someone's voice..great use for a song..mg


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: mg
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:21 PM

And if you have ever heard the Welsh sing Diadem it is so great. mg


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:27 PM

Silent Night.

Yes. That speaks to me too.

It brings back good memories of Christmas.

Btw, somewhat off topic, I had the pleasure of meeting a 6 year old boy yesterday who said he had good "rememberies" of when he was little. I thought that was so precious, especially since this boy is in foster care and already has had experiences that no child should have. But he has good "rememberies". I would expect that we all have good rememberies of some times in our life.

And we all have bad memories too.

Music has always helped me make it through the times that aren't so good.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:34 PM

Aretha Franklin - Beams of Heaven - Audio from Gospel Fest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rnh7uPQWII

This is an audio clip without any video.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:36 PM

I DON'T FEEL NO WAYS TIRED

written by Curtis Burrell)
(recorded by Rev. James Cleveland)


Chorus:
I don't feel no ways tired,
I've come too far from where I started from.
Nobody told me that the road would be easy,
I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me.

Vamp:
I don't believe He brought me this far
(repeat as desired)

I've been sick (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).
I've been in trouble (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).

I've been friendless (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).
I've been lonely (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).

Please don't leave me (I don't believe),
don't leave me Jesus (He brought me this far).
Don't leave (I don't believe),
don't leave me Lord (He brought me this far).

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me
(would bring me this far).

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me
(would bring me this far).

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me (would bring me this far just to leave me

http://www.allgospellyrics.com/index.php?sec=listing&lyricid=420


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:40 PM

Barrett Sisters- I Don't Feel No Ways Tired

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYG7FLL5gU

Here's some information about the Barrett Sisters:

"Delois, Billie, and Rodessa Barrett began singing in the Chicago-based Morning Star Baptist Church in the '40s as children. Under the direction of their aunt, Mattie Dacus, they were originally known as The Barrett and Hudson Singers before becoming The Barrett Sisters. Delois was recruited for The Roberta Martin Singers while a high school senior at Englewood High. After graduation, she joined Martin's group full time and remained a member for 18 years. Rodessa Barrett became a choral director of Galileo Baptist church and Billie Barrett became a church soloist after taking voice lessons at the American Music Conservatory. They formed The Barrett Sisters in 1962 and have remained together ever since. Their first LP was recorded for Savoy in 1963. They currently record for I Am Records in Chicago". ~ Ron Wynn All Music Guide

http://www.malaco.com/Catalog/Gospel/The-Barrett-Sisters/list.php


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:42 PM

Thanks, mg for posting those examples.

Are the words or sound clips or videos to the songs you mentioned online?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: bobad
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:45 PM

Tantum ergo You tube link.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:49 PM

PEACE BE STILL
{Rev. James Cleveland}

[Lead]
Master, the tempest is raging
The billows are tossing high
The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness
No shelter or help is nigh
Carest thou not that we perish?
How canst thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threatning
A grave in the angry deep?

[Lead: Ad lib]

(Chorus)
The winds and the waves shall obey thy will
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons, or men, or whatever it be
No water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and sky
They all shall sweetly obey thy will
Peace, peace, be still
(repeat)

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/542161.html

**

Shiloh Baptist Church singing "Peace Be Still"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgKSdyNJ-TM


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Peace
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:56 PM

"Silent Night", YOUTUBE--by Enya.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 09:57 PM

Why need it be a song with religious references to stir religious feelings?

SWEET SURVIVOR
Peter Yarrow -Barry Mann -Cynthia Weil- Silver Dawn - ASCAP

You have asked me why the days fly by so quickly
And why each one feels no different from the last
And you say that you are fearful for the future
And you have grown suspicious of the past
And you wonder if the dreams we shared together
Have abandoned us or we abandoned them
And you cast about and try to find new meaning
So that you can feel that closeness once again.

Carry on my sweet survivor, carry on my lonely friend
Don't give up on the dream, and don't you let it end.
Carry on my sweet survivor,
Though you know that something's gone
For everything that matters carry on.

You remember when you felt each person mattered
When we all had to care or all was lost
But now you see believers turn to cynics
And you wonder was the struggle worth the cost
Then you see someone too young to know the difference
And a veil of isolation in their eyes
And inside you know you've got to leave them something
Or the hope for something better slowly dies.

Carry on my sweet survivor, carry on my lonely friend
Don't give up on the dream, and don't you let it end.
Carry on my sweet survivor, you've carried it so long
So it may come again, carry on
Carry on, carry on.

Or Phil Ochs' "Small Circle of Friends" or his "There But For Fortune" or stuff by Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, Judy Collins -- there are "religious songs" all over the place.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:17 PM

Good stuff.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:28 PM

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Some say once you're gone you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back.
Some say you rest in the arms of the Saviour if in sinful ways you lack.
Some say that they're comin' back in a garden, bunch of carrots and little sweet peas.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Instrumental break.
Let the Mystery Be
(Iris Dement)

Some say they're goin' to a place called Glory and I ain't saying it ain't a fact.
But I've heard that I'm on the road to purgatory and I don't like the sound of that.
Well, I believe in love and I live my life accordingly.
But I choose to let the mystery be.

Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:44 PM

A short sample of Let the Mystery Be


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:45 PM

Why need it be a song with religious references to stir religious feelings? Rapaire

I agree that songs don't need to have religious references to stir religious {perhaps a better word is "spiritual"} feelings.

That's why this thread is titled "religious songs" and not "church songs".

Thanks for making that point clear & posting an example of such a song, Rapaire.

And thanks to all those who have posted to this thread, thus far.

Keep 'em coming!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:53 PM

Oops! Shoulda looked a little further. Iris Dement singing "Let the Mystery Be" on YouTube


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Subject: ADD: In Christ There Is No East Nor West
From: Jim Krause
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 10:58 PM

I haven't posted in a long time. And while I was looking for something else, I found this thread. The religious song that means very much to me happens by chance to be a church song, In Christ There Is No East or West preferably sung to the melody that John Fahey played.

IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST NOR WEST
(John Oxenham, 1908)

In Christ there is no East or West, in him no South or North
But one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

In him shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find
His service is the golden cord close binding all mankind.

Join hands then brothers of the faith, what e'er your race may be
Who serves my Father as a son is surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both East and West, in him meet South and North
All Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.

Thanks for starting this thread, Azizi

Jim


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Slag
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 11:03 PM

Amazing Grace- Amen, it's my testimony also.
In the Cross- The cure for self-will and pride.
Rock of Ages- The Gospel story


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Beer
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 11:11 PM

Although not found in any church going folks. My all time modern favorite, and which I hope would be sung at my passing is; "Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan".
Amen.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Beer
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 11:12 PM

Oups.
Not found in any church going books.
Sorry about that.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Joe_F
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 11:14 PM

Abide with Me
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Most of the Christmas carols
Almighty Father, Strong to Save
Ein Feste Burg
Weisst, wie viele Sterne stehen


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 28 Oct 07 - 11:27 PM

Simple Gifts
What You Give Me (Lori Lungren)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: topical tom
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:15 AM

1. Will there be any stars in my crown?

                               2. Troubles and trials often betray those
On in the weary body to stray
But we shall walk beside the still waters
With the Good Shepherd leading The Way

Those who have strayed were sought by The Master
He who once gave His life for the sheep
Out on the mountain still He is searching
Bringing them in forever to keep

Going up home to live in green pastures
Where we shall live and die never more
Even The Lord will be in that number
When we shall reach that Heavenly Shore

We will not heed the voice of the stranger
For he would lead us to despair
Following on with Jesus our savior
We shall all reach that country so fair

Going up home to live in green pastures
Where we shall live and die never more
Even The Lord will be in that number
When we shall reach that Heavenly Shore
   
3.Over in the glory land


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: mattkeen
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:15 AM

Under the leaves of life - sung by May Bradley on Voices of the People


A number of Sydney Carter songs including John Ball


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:51 AM

LEAD KINDLY LIGHT
[Words by John Henry Newman in 1833; (4th verse by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.). Music by John B. Dykes in 1865].


Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

-snip-

Only the first verse of this song speaks to me. Since at least my teen years, when I'm in need of encouragement, this is one of the songs that I sing to myself.

The complete lyrics for this hymn can be found on a number of websites, including http://www.hymns.me.uk/lead-kindly-light-favorite-hymn.htm.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Carol
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:02 AM

How Can I Keep from Singing and for a Carol In The Bleak Midwinter


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:19 AM

I'm not sure when I started doing so, but whenever I sing the first verse of "Lead Kindly Light", I sing the following gospel song right afterwards:

THANK YOU JESUS [FOR MY JOURNEY]
Thank you Jesus
Thank you Jesus
for my journey
You brought me
from a mighty,
ah mighty long way
ah mighty long way
Thank you Jesus
Thank you Jesus
for my journey
You brought me
from a mighty
ah mighty long way.

-snip-

Here's two interpretations of that gospel song that I found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx71-hZqgZc
"Thank You Jesus" -Stephen Hill, Lillie Knauls,Jessy Dixon

**

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFbgmHD0SZQ
"Thank You Jesus" - Donnie McClurkin

Fwiw, the first YouTube clip sounds more like the version that I sing, but the tempo those singers use is slower than the tempo that I learned, I guess from hearing it sung in church.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:27 AM

H/T {Hat tip} to this Mudcat thread for being the inspiration for the title of this thread:

thread.cfm?threadid=105603&messages=208
BS: Poems that speak to you.

**

Also, here's a related Mudcat thread that may be of interest to folks posting on or reading this thread:

thread.cfm?threadid=35179#1103897
Your Favorite Gospel Blues?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 08:31 AM

All good stuff, above. I like "Peace be still" too, and a lot of others of that kind: "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart", "Jesus Saves", "The Ninety and Nine" and more. When I need to slow down, I'm a big fan of Whispering Hope.

Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Refrain
Whispering hope, oh how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.

Refrain

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal.
Come then, O come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, O never depart.

Refrain

But I also like these F.W.Faber words, as we sing it in the North American Welsh hymnal to the Caradog Roberts tune, In Memoriam. I went looking for a blue-clicky, as I doubt if the tune is familiar to people here; interestingly, I only found it as Sacred Harp music (tune in the 'tenor' line) here. Faber wrote the words, I guess, as 4 line verses, but we double them up to be 8 line verses to fit the tune.

There's a wideness in God's mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth's sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth's failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.

I grew up also singing "Diadem" (the 'all hail the power" words) in the Welsh singing festivals – great stuff. One of many hymns that are big favourites with the ex-pat community.

Jim, which tune do you use for "In Christ there is no east or west"?

Rapaire, on an 'up' note, I've always felt that Stan Rogers' "Mary Ellen Carter" was a good 'un.


sian


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:51 AM

Only Remembered

(but the MIDI there, while accurate, is way too slow)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:54 AM

PRECIOUS LORD TAKE MY HAND *
{Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932}

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I'm tired, I am weak I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry,
Hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet,
Hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

-snip-

* {also known as "Take My Hand Precious Lord"]


"Words: Thomas A Dor­sey wrote this song in 1932 in Chi­ca­go,Illi­nois, af­ter his wife Net­tie died while giv­ing birth to a child (who al­so died short­ly there­af­ter). Dor­sey sang the song for his friend, Gos­pel sing­er The­o­dore Frye, and Frye's choir sang it the next Sun­day at the Eb­e­nez­er Bap­tist Church.

Music: Adapt­ed by Thom­as Dor­sey from the tune Mait­land, by George N. Al­len (1812-1877)"
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/p/l/pltmhand.htm l includes a midi file


Here's two YouTube videos of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHvUvlzznc
"Precious Lord Take My Hand-"Mahalia Jackson -

**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY2xIoNKXD8
"Precious Lord Take my Hand" - Etta, Chaka and Gladys


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:07 AM

sian, this is not to take away from Jim's response to your query about the tune that he uses for the song "In Christ There Is No East Or West, but fyi, if you can get YouTube, there's a number of a videos of a guitarist playing this song. Here's one of them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0JGyMCWtfk
In Christ There Is No East Or West-Kottesque


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:21 AM

"Every Grain of Sand" - Bob Dylan
"I Believe In You" - Bob Dylan
"Halellujah" - Leonard Cohen
"Silent Night"
"O Come, All Ye Faithful"
"Amazing Grace"
And anything along a spiritual line by Enya...


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:34 AM

Personal favourite is " The song of Hosea" sung to a tune similar to Tom Paxton's "Everytime" and based on the words of the prophet Hosea.
A very moving Hymn not widely known but I will post the words if anyone wants them
Here is the first verse as a taster

How can I forget and leave my loved one
How can I depart my love wounded is my heart
How can I forget that I'm compassion
How can I depart from her nearer to my heart

O Israel why have you pierced my heart why have you gone
see your love is melting like the dew drop
Dry and fallow lies your ground withered is your heart

Don't know who wrote it but has been a longtime favourite


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:41 AM

Mine are all in the songbooks our band has produced. Most of the songs (and most of the songbooks' tables of contents) are posted already.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Jim Krause
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:44 AM

Carol wrote:
How Can I Keep from Singing and for a Carol In The Bleak Midwinter


Yes! Those are two more songs I also find inspirational.

JimK


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Jim Krause
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 11:50 AM

sian asks:
Jim, which tune do you use for "In Christ there is no east or west"?


I don't know the tune name, but it's the one Leo Kotke learned from John Fahey. I believe the Kotke recording is on "Greenhouse." The chord progression goes from G to F, a nice mixolydian touch.

JimK


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: John Hardly
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:07 PM

Comet
Pierce Pettis

A comet streaked across the sky while I was sleeping
Broke into a million pieces in the night
Missed us by so little, Passed us by so close
It was right there and we didn't even know

Doesn't God look out for children and for fools
Who can blindly stumble right into the truth
'Til all the pieces fit into a grand design
Brilliant accident we had coming all the time.

Oh, seek and you shall find it
That is what they say
Just give it time, don't get lost along the way
Well, I've been a long time waiting
Out here beneath this sky
As if love could find me like a comet in the night

Does a heart falling in the forest make a sound
Other than the pounding axe that brings it down
Or is it up to me to tell the forest from the trees
Does it matter if there's no one else around?

Oh, seek and you shall find it
That is what they say
Just give it time, and don't get in your own way
Well, I've been a long time waiting
Out here beneath this sky
As if love could find me like a comet in the night

Bridge:
I gaze about the stars and wonder
I can see the lights are on
Is anybody home?

Oh, seek and you shall find it
That is what they say
Just give it time, don't get lost along the way
Well, I've been a long time waiting
Out here beneath this sky
As if love could find me like a comet in the night

A comet streaked across the sky while I was sleeping.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:16 PM

If it's the one that Azizi linked to, that's the one I like the best. Very folky.

I've been listening (a lot!) recently to the Maddy Prior album, "Paradise Found" - hymns of Charles Wesley. I was much struck by the cover notes which include a long quote from John Wesley's preface to "A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists", 1780.

"May I be permitted to add a few words with regard to the poetry? Then I will speak to those who are judges thereof, with all freedom and unreserve. To these I may say, without offence, 1. In these hymns there is no doggerel; no botches; nothing put in to patch up the rhyme; no feeble expletives. 2. Here is nothing turgid or bombast, on the one hand, or low and creeping, on the other. 3. Here are no cant expressions; no words without meaning. Those who impute this to us know not what they say. We talk common sense, both in prose and verse, and use no word but in a fixed and determinate sense. 4. Here are, allow me to say, both the purity, the strength, and the elegance of the English language; and, at the same time, the utmost simplicity and plainness, suited to very capacity. Lastly, I desire men of taste to judge, (these are the only competent judges) whether there be not in some of the following hymns the true Spirit of Poetry, such as cannot be acquired by art and labour, but must be the gift of nature. By labour a man may become a tolerable imitator of Spenser, Shaekspeare, or Milton; and may heap together pretty compound epithets, as 'pale-eyed', 'meek-eyed', and the like; but unless he be born a Poet, he will never attain the genuine spirit of Poetry."

It's interesting to hear these hymns sung by Maddy Prior in a folk, rather than ecclesiastic, style. You hear the words afresh. There are some cracking good verses, like:

When God is mine and I am his,
Of paradise possest,
I taste unutterable bliss,
And everlasting rest.

and another

Jesu, Lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life be past!
Safe into the haven guide,
Oh, receive my soul at last!

Those old Methodists new how to roll out an image!

sian


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: John Hardly
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:18 PM

God Believes In You
Pierce Pettis
When you start to doubt if you exist
God believes in you
Confounded by the evidence
God believe in you
When your light burns so dim
When your chances seem so slim
And you swear you don't believe in Him
God believes in you

When you rise up just to fall again
God believes in you
Deserted by your closest friends
God believes in you
When you're betrayed with a kiss
And you turn your cheek to another fist
It does not have to end like this
God believes in you

Oh, everything matters if anything matters at all
Everything matters, no matter how big, no matter how small
Oh, God believes in you
Oh, God believes in you

When you're so ashamed that you could die
And you can't do right even though you try
Blessed are the ones who grieve, the ones who mourn, the ones who weep (bleed/plead)
In sorrow you sow but in joy you will reap
Blessed are the ones who grieve, the ones who mourn, the ones who weep
In sorrow you sow but in joy you will reap
Oh, God believes in you
Oh, God believes in you


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: John Hardly
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:32 PM

Can't Get Away From My Love
Pierce Pettis

There's no way you can lose it
There's no way you can lose
You may choose to abuse it
If that's what you wanna do
There's no way you can earn it
I does not come from a store
And if you try to return it
You will only get more

you can't get away from my love, can't get away
you can't get away from my love, can't get away

There's no way I can hide it
There's no way I can hide
I'm exposed like a photograph
And you know pictures don't lie
You have no choice in the matter
This is beyond your control
This is bigger than both of us
It has a mind of its own

you can't get away from my love, can't get away
you can't get away from my love, can't get away
Get away

You can't outrun a bullet
You can't outrun a prayer
Pray the bullet won't find you
While you sleep unaware
You know you're constantly protected
Gonna let no evil intrude
Like a guardian angel
My heart will watch over you

you can't get away from my love, can't get away
you can't get away from my love, can't get away
Get away

Bridge:
I'm not sure you deserve this
God knows what you deserve
Complaining about the service
You've got one hell of a nerve

Go ahead—you can let out your anger
'Til you're beside yourself
You can sleep all alone at night
Or beside someone else
But there's no way you can lose it
Oh, you would if you could
You'll come back by your own free will
Just like I knew that you would

you can't get away from my love, can't get away
you can't get away from my love, can't get away
Get away


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:51 PM

sian, when you mentioned the title "Jesus Lover Of My Soul", I went looking for it on google and I found this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8BA-82kVR4
Darlene Zschech - Jesus Lover Of My Soul

Is this the song you were referring to? I like it.

However, there's another song that I've been trying to find with that same title. It was sung by a Black gospel choir {The Edwin Hawkns Singers?} and was faster in tempo than that Darlene Zschech song.

I found the words for Jesus Lover Of My Soul {Let me to thy bosom fly} on this website http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/l/jlmysoul.htm

At least the first verse sounds familiar, but the tune is very different than what I remember.

Btw,imo, midis=Ugh!! They just go on and on and on. But they do give a sense of how a song sounds. So I guess folks have to be thankful for small favors and just grin and bear it.

The website does mention that there are alternate tunes for this song. The version I'm seeking definitely had another tune.

JESUS LOVER OF MY SOUL
{Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems, 1740.

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

Wilt Thou not regard my call? Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall—Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand! While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand, dying, and behold, I live.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Goose Gander
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 12:59 PM

Never Grow Old by James Cleveland Moore.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: theleveller
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 01:24 PM

I like what Martin Simpson did with 'When A Knight Won His Spurs' on the Prodigal Son CD; he took out all references to God because, as he said, anyone who is on first name terms with George Bush doesn't deserve such a good song.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 01:44 PM

Well then, here's one I wrote myself:

You Are

I see the sun rise in the East
And I thank you
I hear a thousand birds
Singing out your name
All I am
And all I have
Was given me by you
My Life, my Love, my Everything

With each new breath I think of you
And I remember
I see your face in all the fabric
Of the World
All that is
And all that shall be
Held in your embrace
My Life, my Love my Everything

You are the hands of individual creation
You are the silent witness of the raging sea
You are the vision that gave birth to every
nation
You are the love that lives beyond eternity

I watch the passing of the parade
Of pomp and circumstance
And am not touched nor drawn away
From the life within
I am you
And you are me
And evermore shall be
My Life, my Love, my Everything

I slip away, lost in the mirror of mortality
But I return to find you there within my
heart
You are still
And you endure
When all else falls away
My Life, my Love, my everything

You are the hands of individual creation
You are the silent witness of the raging sea
You are the vision that gave birth to every
nation
You are the love that lives beyond eternity

This play will end, and when it's done
We'll have a curtain call
And take a bow, and then, my friend
We'll go back home
Home to the heart
That stood apart
But never far away
My Life, my Love, my Everything

And we can laugh, and we can live
Beyond the hands of time
And walk the hills and stand together
In the sun
I am yours
You are mine
And you are all that is
My Life, my Love, my Everything

You are the hands of individual creation
You are the silent witness of the raging sea
You are the hidden heart that beats in every
nation
You are the love that lives beyond eternity


Copyright   ©   2005   George Coventry
Words & Music by George Coventry


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Emma B
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 01:55 PM

Hail Shining Morn


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 02:21 PM

Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven especially when it has this verse (often omitted):

Frail as summer's flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on,
Praise Him, Praise Him, Hallelujah
Praise the High Eternal One!


Also:
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
O God Our Help In Ages Past


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 02:29 PM

here is something for Hail Holy Queen http:// http://youtube.com/watch?v=muP6Xb5jlmo

Filipino prisoners have somehow choreographed it..mg


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 03:21 PM

Little Hawk,

Thanks for posting the words to your song. Kudos in particular to your refrain:

You are the hands of individual creation
You are the silent witness of the raging sea
You are the vision that gave birth to every
nation
You are the love that lives beyond eternity

-snip-

I'd love to hear it sung.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 05:05 PM

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

"Eternal Father," also known as the Navy Hymn in the U.S. I am related to three generations of Naval officers, many now gone. No matter how many times I hear the first verse, especially when sung by a choir or played by a Navy band with great reverence, I get a lump in my throat. Above is one of several slight variants I have seen.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 05:31 PM

Another of my favorites.




"Open My Eyes, That I May See"
(Clara H. Scott) public domain
First published 1895

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Refrain 1:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!
Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Refrain 2:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine!
Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Refrain 3:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my heart, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

midi from cyberhymnal

I'm surprised to not find this one in the DT or in a thread. (There is a snippet with a rewrite of the lyrics except for the refrain, but no credit to Clara Scott, who wrote the anthem. (She also published the first book of anthems by a female in the USA.)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 06:28 PM

Azizi

I hadn't heard the Darlene Zschech one before. Sounds like someone has written a praise song based on the Charles Wesley idea. It isn't the one I was thinking of, though. 'Mine' is the one at the cyberhymnal site ... and pretty much the only tune you'll hear sung by the Welsh. It was written by Joseph Parry who was a major force on the Welsh music scene in the mid/late 1800s (spent a lot of time in N.E. United States too.)

The other tune, which would have been popular with my mother's family (Canadian Methodists) is on the same cyberhymnal page. Look for the tune name, Martyn, by Simeon B Marsh. Is that the one you're thinking of? It's also sung in a medley on youtube by the South African Mass Male Choir

Little Hawk - lovely piece!

sian


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:03 PM

"He Turns The Water Into Wine"
How could anyone not stand up and join in?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: MaineDog
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:09 PM

Thank you, Guest TJ,
That was the first hymn at Gail's service, and one of our favorites. She was a "Navy Brat", and her dad was sent off with the same song. Our variant in a Baptist Hymnal also has verse about perils in the air, and so covers all the services.
MD


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 07:21 PM

Thanks, Azizi and sian. It means a lot to me every time I sing it. As you can probably see it's non-denominational. I would call it a universalist song, I guess.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:49 PM

You're welcome, Little Hawk.

Hopefully, we'll be able to hear that song sometime soon.

**

sian, thanks for posting that link to the South African mass choir. I think that tune may be the basis for the "Jesus Lover Of My Soul" song that I'm looking for. However, the recording I remember had a faster tempo and the arrangement was somewhat different. I'm still on the lookout for it, and will post a link here if I ever find a video tape or audio tape of that version.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Oct 07 - 10:55 PM

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
[Civilla D. Martin; 1905]

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

-snip-

The complete lyrics to this song can be found at: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/His_Eye_Is_on_the_Sparrow/

**

Here's a YouTube video of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gta4B1MBU0
Mahalia Jackson - His Eye Is On The Sparrow

**
Here's another You Tube video clip of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GsfCnBQGf4
Jennifer Holliday - His Eye Is On The Sparrow Part.1 (1986)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Joe_F
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 12:11 AM

Capt. Kidd hymn
Angel Band
Amazing Grace


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Padre
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:30 AM

My God, accept my heart this day, and make it always thine,
That I from thee no more may stray, no more from thee decline.

Before the cross of Him who died, behold I prostrate fall;
Let every sin be crucified, and Christ be all in all.

Anoint me with thy heavenly grace, and seal me for thine own,
That I may see thy glorious face, and worship near thy throne.

Let every thought and work and word to thee be ever given
Then life will be thy service Lord, and death the gate of heaven.

Words - Matthew Bridges
Music - Orlando Gibbons (Song 67)

Padre


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 03:25 AM

Yes to Angel Band. Cynthia Clausen does a remarkable job with that song and honestly, the banjo sounds like a heavenly harp in it. I can't recall who is on the banjo and mandolin but they are awe inspiring.

It's not in any hymnal I know of (nor will it probably ever be) but the theology is tremendous in Cohen's Suzanne. A great song from a great song writer and poet in his own time.

LH !!! Excellent! You amaze me at times. Are you sure Chongo didn't help???


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,SLAG
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 03:27 AM

OOPS!! Sorry, that last post is from Slag, currently in guest status!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: theleveller
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 04:52 AM

Slag, I agree with you about Suzanne. I must be missing something here. Why make the distinction between religious and non-religious songs? If a song 'speaks to you' what does it matter whether it's religious or not? Sorry, I don't get the whole god thing but intrigued to know what the attraction is.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: sian, west wales
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 06:06 AM

Oh, yes. Definitely "His Eye is On the Sparrow", Azizi. And the choir version of "Jesus, Lover of my Soul" sounds slow to my ears, too. And they draw out the end notes which wasn't part of our 'tradition'. I have the music in a book, which I could scan for you if you wanted it - one I think Hollowfox sent me once. One of those 'old time religion' collections of great singable religious songs.

Joe F - "Capt. Kidd hymn"? Would that be a hymn with words on the measure of "Captain Kidd"? Maybe, "What Wondrous Love is This" ... which also deserves a mention in this thread.

sian


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 06:16 AM

There are several, but the one (very popular in the UK, I believe) my mum asked for at her funeral, and which I chose as one of the hymns at my husband's, is "How Great Thou Art". I believe it was originally Russian.
My husband wasn't a religious man, but he always said he had the feeling that there was a greater mind behind what he saw in the world on his many travels,which included a lot of walking up mountains and through woods and forests:

'How Great Thou Art'

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,etc

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

There's another song by a female American singer that I have heard on the radio. I can't remember her name, or what it's called, but she wrote it after the death of her husband. It says something like "in my dreams I'll always see you soar above the sky". I dissolve every time I hear it, and I always forget to listen to the name. To be honest, I'm usually not in any fit state to!

As for Christmas, it has to be "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear". So appropriate for these troubled times.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 07:22 AM

Finally having a chance to read carefully thorugh the thread. It sure is a good'n.

Great lyrics/poetry, Little Hawk. Would love to hear the melody.

As I contemplate the premise of the thread title, I find I make distinctions between songs that are favorites because of the associations they have with childhood or family significance, and songs that 'speak' to me spiritually. Anybody else notice that?

Janie


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: PoppaGator
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 12:30 PM

Some of the most familiar of the old gospel songs remain among my favorites: "This Little Light," "Jesus Is On the Mainline," "Down By the Riverside," "Glory Halleluiah / When I Lay My Burden Down" . . . I never get tired of hearing and singing them.

Then there are the slow-moving lyrical pieces better suited for solo performance (and for listening) than for group participation: "Precious Lord Take My Hand" and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" are great ones.

I have a special place in my heart for Sam Cooke's "Touch the Hem of His Garment" because I had the rare experience, as a young child, of hearing Sam himself, with the Soul Stirrers, leading the congregation of a neighboring church through an incredibly stirring rendition. I won't quote the lyrics here, because for me the song was never about a verbal message but was rather an incredibly inspired exercise in group vocalization, completely transcending any merely literal message.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Slag
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 02:04 PM

re theleveller's question:

There's lots of discussion about God, religion and the like in the lower section. But you raise a good point: What does it mean to be religious? Perhaps, at its most basic level, it means the recognition of things greater, higher than we. Whether it is awe of the universe or the recognition of its creator or the phenomenon of being, it's that thing which separates us from all other living entities (Chongo, Chimps and Bonobos excepted).


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: astro
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 04:16 PM

I always enjoyed "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", words and music by Martin Luther....

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Alternate translation:

A mighty fortress is our God, a trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from every need that hath us now overtaken.
The old evil foe now means deadly woe; deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight; on Earth is not his equal.

With might of ours can naught be done, soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the Valiant One, whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, who is this? Jesus Christ it is.
Of Sabbath Lord, and there's none other God;
He holds the field forever.

Though devils all the world should fill, all eager to devour us.
We tremble not, we fear no ill, they shall not overpower us.
This world's prince may still scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none, he's judged; the deed is done;
One little word can fell him.

The Word they still shall let remain nor any thanks have for it;
He's by our side upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit.
And take they our life, goods, fame, child and wife,
Let these all be gone, they yet have nothing won;
The Kingdom ours remaineth.



I have heard congregations reach to a mighty level in their singing when singing this hymn...to the point that the organist stopped and just listened...

Astro...in LA, city of the fallen angels.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 05:30 PM

Yes, and it all depends on what you mean by "God" too. Often when people say they can't relate to God, what they really mean is that they can't relate to a certain concept of God, which is, of course, the first concept that first pops into their mind when they hear the word "God".


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 05:39 PM

I've always loved that old time Christmas song telling the tale of Joseph and Mary hurrying to Nazareth to give birth to her baby. "Joseph Beat Mary's Ass"......Lovely.....Beautiful tune and inspiring words by the Marquis de Sade......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: astro
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 06:25 PM

I always thought, that however much you have or have not faith, there should always be a sense of healthy self-skepticism and humility. Who knows, maybe the person that you are persecuting is right.

Astro....


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 06:56 PM

Well, if you are persecuting someone, then you're wrong, anyway...regardless.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: astro
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 07:02 PM

That sure is right, LH...I would agree completely with you...

Astro


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 07:17 PM

FARTHER ALONG
{Anonymous/Unknown; arr. by Barney E. Warren, pub. 1911}

Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are others living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.

Refrain:

Farther along we'll know more about it,
Farther along we'll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We'll understand it all by and by.

Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
When there are many living in comfort,
Giving no heed to all I can do.

Tempted and tried, how often we question
Why we must suffer year after year,
Being accused by those of our loved ones,
E'en though we've walked in God's holy fear.

Often when death has taken our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
Then do we wonder why others prosper,
Living so wicked year after year.

"Faithful till death," saith our loving Master;
Short is our time to labor and wait;
Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
When we shall pass the heavenly gate.

Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
Then we will meet those gone on before us,
Then we shall know and understand why.

http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Farther_Along/

**

Here's a YouTube video of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc6mcKUucaw&search=I%27ll%20Fly%20Away%20brother%20where%20out%20thou
The Peasall Sisters-"Farther Along"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 07:37 PM

LORD, HELP ME TO HOLD OUT
[John P. Kee]

Lord, Help Me To Hold Out
Lord help me to hold out
Lord help me to hold out
Lord help me to hold out
Until my change come.

My way may not be easy
You did not say that it would be
When it gets dark
Can't find my way
You told me to put my trust in thee

-snip-

Here's a YouTube video of this gospel song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyrq2Q3g5FE
Raymond & Co at the GGSummit in Birmingham Nth UK Nov 2006


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 08:23 PM

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"   such longing!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Bobert
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 08:38 PM

P-Gator snatched up most of my favorites in his post above but, hey, not 'um all...

How's about them great 70's country rock gospel songs like "I Like the Christian Life" or "Jesus is Just Allright"??? Hey, they were some fine songs...

And Janie brought up another on another thread... "Keep your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (See what the Lord has done)"...

"Amazing Grace" is always an amazing song... I love playin' and singin' it even if it really chokes me up...

B~


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Joe_F
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 08:57 PM

sian: Yes, "Captain Kidd Hymn" is the silly name by which a certain hymn with that tune & metrical scheme is called in Lomax's _Folk Songs of North America_ and in _Rise Up Singing_. It is not, however, the one that beings "What wondrous love is this", but the one that begins

Through all the world below God is seen all around.
Search hills and valleys through: there He's found.
The growing of the corn, the lily and the thorn,
The pleasant and forlorn, all declare "God is there".
In the meadows drest in green, there He's seen.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: CET
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 09:10 PM

"Be thou my vision", Tune: Slane

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul's Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: CET
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 09:15 PM

And of course, Hyfrydol. This was played at our wedding, along with Be Thou my Vision.

Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus out of every nation has redeemed us by His blood.

Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o'er
Shall our hearts forget His promise, "I am with you evermore"?

Alleluia! bread of angels, Thou on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! here the sinful flee to Thee from day to day:
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth's Redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal, Thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary, Earth Thy footstool, Heav'n Thy throne:
Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh our great High Priest;
Thou on earth both priest and victim in the Eucharistic feast.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 11:15 PM

In the Northern Harmony Shape Note book there's one called Garden Well actually there are two Gardens, and they are both lovely, but I'm thinking of
God from his cloudy cistern pours On the parched earth refreshing showers
God of the garden and the field God of the garden and the field a thousand joyful blessings yeilds.

Also Wendell Barry text, set by Malcolm Dalglish (No spelling ain't my strength)

Oh thou, far off and near, whole and broken
Who in necessity and in bounty waits
Who's truth is light and dark, mute though spoken
By thy wide grace
Show me thy narrow gate.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Jim Krause
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 11:49 PM

catspaw wrote:
I've always loved that old time Christmas song telling the tale of Joseph and Mary hurrying to Nazareth to give birth to her baby. "Joseph Beat Mary's Ass"......Lovely.....Beautiful tune and inspiring words by the Marquis de Sade......


Glad to see you're still around, Spaw. :-D

JimK


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Susan A-R
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 04:17 PM

Yes, I spit a little water over the computer over that one myself. I'm headed for Ohio in June, and hope to meet the legend.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 04:51 PM

Higher Ground
[Words by John­son Oat­man, Jr.
Music by Charles H. Gab­ri­el
1898]

I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Refrain
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

Refrain
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan's darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

Refrain
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till Heav'n I've found,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Refrain
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/sounds/Hymns/higher_ground.htm ; including a midi sound clip

**

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzDyOyU6u5U&mode=related&search=

"Plant My Feet On Higher Ground" is the 3rd song in this medley of gospel songs that were performed at the 44th Grammy Television show.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: PoppaGator
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 05:14 PM

Bobert's mention of "70s country-rock gospel" made me think of a couple of numbers in (or near) that category.

When I first heard it many years ago, I thought "Spirit in the Sky" was downright stupid. Now I feel more favorably towards it on the rare occasion when it pops up.

"Get Together" ["Love is but the song we sing, fear's the way we die..."], by Dino Valenti and most famously recorded by Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods, is such a great expression of flower-power-era faith and idealism. You never hear it anymore, probably because people can't sing it without a sense of irony, which is a shame. (I'm working on it, but can't quite pull it off yet...)

Another ostensibly secular psychelic-folk anthem that expresses a beautiful spirituality is "Ripple," lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia:

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come thru the music,
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

Its a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
Perhaps they're better left unsung.
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.

There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone,
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.

Grateful Dead


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Rich (bodhránaí gan cookie)
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 05:31 PM

"The Road to Findout" Cat Stevens


"Old Camp Meeting song(?) "   Doc Watson


"Goin Up On a Mountain" Dry Branch Fire Squad
"Old Oak Grove Church"   "   "       "   "


"Sisters and Brothers" I don't remember the original author, I heard it as a Jerry Garcia Band song

Rich


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: PoppaGator
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 06:07 PM

If you liked those "Ripple" lyrics, by the way, and were not previously aware of this side of the Grateful Dead, you would do well to check out this "annotated Ripple" web page:

http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ripple.html#dark

(Those of you who DO know all about Robert and Jerry, etc., will probaly enjoy the discussion, too. Perhaps even more...)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Stringsinger
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 06:46 PM

Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
CHORUS:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.
The starvation army they play,
They sing and they clap and they pray
'Till they get all your coin on the drum
Then they'll tell you when you're on the bum:
Holy Rollers and jumpers come out,
They holler, they jump and they shout.
Give your money to Jesus they say,
He will cure all diseases today.
If you fight hard for children and wife --
Try to get something good in this life --
You're a sinner and bad man, they tell,
When you die you will sure go to hell.

Workingmen of all countries, unite,
Side by side we for freedom will fight;
When the world and its wealth we have gained
To the grafters we'll sing this refrain:


FINAL CHORUS:
You will eat, bye and bye,
When you've learned how to cook and to fry.
Chop some wood, 'twill do you good,
And you'll eat in the sweet bye and bye.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 07:23 PM

DAY BY DAY

[Stephen Schwartz; From: Musical "Godspell"]


Day by day (solo voice)
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day

Day by day (chorus)
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day


Here's two YouTuve video clips of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50ugCd3_yPw
Shirley Bassey - DAY BY DAY

**

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WizOagQJKTg
Day By Day {high school musical}


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 07:51 PM

ONE LITTLE CANDLE

{Author Unknown?}

It is better to light just one little candle
Than to stumble in the dark.
Better far that you light just one little candle,
All you need is a tiny spark.
If we'd all say a prayer that the world would be free,
A wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see...
And if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be.

When the day is dark and dreary
And we know not where to go;
Don't let your heart go weary,
Just keep this thought in mind...

It is better to light just one little candle
Than to stumble in the dark.
Better far that you light just one little candle,
All you need is a tiny spark.
If we'd all say a prayer that the world would be free,
A wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see...
And if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be.

-snip-

YouTube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyXG_yizD5I
Perry Como ~ One Little Candle (1955)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 08:20 AM

This one we had for my mum's funeral, at her request. I then used it at Ian's this year. Given his love of walking hills and the outdoors, it seemed right. I also believe it is taken from a Russian hymn, and that's where he died. He wasn't a religious man as such, but he was convinced there was some higher intelligence behind what he saw.

'How Great Thou Art'

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

As for Christmas, there are many beautiful carols. The one that speaks to me most these days is "It came Upon the Midnight Clear", which has a lot to say about the way of the world. And it was written in the 19th Century - nothing changes, really, does it?

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 11:28 AM

That is a very powerful song, and well-suited to a funeral or any such sacred occasion.

You can't go wrong with that sort of thing. If there is, in fact, nothing out there...no God...no afterlife...such songs still summon up powerful and meaningful feelings in people and serve a good purpose. If, on the other hand, there is something out there, and there is an afterlife, then such songs give respect and assistance to it.

Only the hardened heart of the cynic or the overly proud intellect of someone who is on a personal vendetta against all such beliefs for his own ego's satisfaction can have the ill will to constantly aggressively attack all such practices simply as a matter of course...just because they are not practices of the attacker's own personal choice.

For my own part, I am certain that there is some higher intelligence involved intimately within and behind everything we experience in this life. I don't care what people call it or what name they give to it. I don't care what religion they clothe it in or if they attach no religion at all to it. It doesn't matter. I believe it is here, always has been, and always shall be, and we are all part of it in some way. Science is a useful way of observing its effects in this world. Religious practices are a symbolic way of giving it respect and honoring it. Ultimately, it's the force of love.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 11:47 AM

"Amazing Grace" on bagpipe. The ultimate funeral song.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Conor123
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 01:05 PM

My favourites are four amazing songs that are religious in the broader sense:

'When We Become' by Clem Snide
'Sand and Water' by Beth Nielsen Chapman
'Let the Mystery Be' by Iris De Ment
'Small Voice Calling' by Ralph McTell


Also a humorous take on all this:
'Night Rider's Lament' ('Why Do You Ride for Your Money?') as sung by Nanci Griffith.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: bankley
Date: 02 Nov 07 - 05:32 PM

"Jesus, the Missing Years"   by Prine...


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Nov 07 - 06:26 PM

That sounds like it might be an amusing song, knowing John Prine... ;-)

There are some great books about "the missing years". I recommend "The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ" among those. I don't think Jesus was just hammering boards in his first 30 years of life...uh-uh. I think he was traveling, studying hard, learning spiritual disciplines, and doing a great deal of spiritually oriented work. It wasn't covered in the Christian Church's official histories for whatever reason...probably because the few people writing those early official histories had not witnessed any of it themselves, firsthand.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: sian, west wales
Date: 02 Nov 07 - 07:14 PM

Have we mentioned, "There were ninety-and-nine that safely lay"? (This being the 100th post and all)

sian


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: bobad
Date: 02 Nov 07 - 07:34 PM

JESUS IS JUST ALRIGHT
The Byrds


Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right, Oh yeah
Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right

I don't care what they may know
I don't care where they may go
I don't care what they may know
Jesus is just all right, oh yeah
Jesus is just all right

I don't care what they may say
I don't care what they may do
I don't care what they may say
Jesus is just all right, oh yeah
Jesus is just all right

Do, do, do, etc.

Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right, Oh yeah
Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right

Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right, Oh yeah
Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 02 Nov 07 - 08:31 PM

Just As I Am With But One Plea
words Charlotte Elliott, music William Bradford.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt...

Yeah, good stuff.
-Phil


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Subject: ADD: How Great Thou Art
From: mouldy
Date: 03 Nov 07 - 06:44 AM

My mother asked for "How Great Thou Art" at her funeral, and I chose it for one of the hymns at Ian's in March, given his love of the outdoors and wild places.

HOW GREAT THOU ART

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, etc


I believe it was translated from a Russian hymn, and that's where Ian died.

As for Christmas, given the state of the world, it has to be "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear":

"...but man at war with man hears not
the love song that they bring.
Oh, hush the noise, ye men of strife,
and hear the angels sing!"

Not bad for something 19th century.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Nov 07 - 09:59 PM

THANK YOU LORD {FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR ME}

{Walter Hawkins}


Verse 1:
Tragedies are common place. All kind of diseases, people are slipping away.
Economy's down, people can't get enough pay, as for me, all I can say is, "Thank you, Lord for all You've done for me".

Verse 2:
Folks without homes living out in the streets and the drug habit some say, they just can't beat. Muggers and robbers, no place seems to safe, but You've been my protection every step of the way and I want to say, "Thank you, Lord for all You've done for me".

Chorus:
(It could have been me) thank You,
(outdoors) thank You,
(with no food) thank You,
(and no clothes) thank You,
(or left alone) thank You,
(without a friend) thank You,
(or just another number) thank You,
(with a tragic end) thank You, Lord.
(But You didn't see fit) thank You,
(to let none of these things be) thank You,
('cause everyday by Your power) thank You,
(You keep on keeping me) thank You;
(and I want to say) Thank You Lord for all You've done for me.

Repeat chorus.

Vamp 1:
I wanna thank You for Your love (Thank You).
Thank you for Your power (thank You)
Thank you for protection (thank You)
every hour (thank You).

Vamp 2:
(I wanna thank You for Your love) thank you,
(I wanna thank You for power) thank You,
(thank You for protection) thank you,
(every hour) Thank you.

lead ad lib to end while choir says "Thank you"

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/555803.html

**

Here's a YouTube video of this gospel song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9s1twEqgjc
Walter Hawkins choir - Thank You Lord {For All You've Done for Me}


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Subject: ADD: Holy Now (Peter Mayer)
From: frogprince
Date: 03 Nov 07 - 10:19 PM

HOLY NOW
(Peter Mayer)

When I was a boy each week, on Sundays we would go to church,
Pay attention to the priest, and he would read the holy words.

And consecrate the holy bread, everyone would kneel and bow,
Today the only difference is, everything is holy now.
Everything, everything, everything is holy now.

When I was in Sunday school, we would learn about the time,
Moses split the sea in two, and Jesus made the water wine.

I remember feeling sad, miracles don't happen still,
Now I can't keep track, everything is a miracle.
Everything, everything, everything is a miracle.

Wine from water is not so small, but an even greater magic trick, is that anything is here at all.
So the challenging thing becomes, not to look for miracles, but find them where there isn't one.

When holy water was rare at best, could barely wet my fingertips,
Now I have to hold my breath, I'm swimming in a sea of it.

There used to be a world out there, heaven's second-rate hand-me-downs,
I'm walking with reverend air, everything is holy now.
Everything, everything, everything is holy now.

Read a questioning child's face; say it's not a testament, that'd be very hard to say.
See another new morning come, say it's not a sacrament, I'll tell you that I can't be done.

This morning outside I stood; I saw a little red-winged bird,
Shining like the burning bush, singing like a scripture verse.

It made me want to bow my head; I remember when church let out,
How things have changed since then, everything is holy now.

There used to be a world out there, of heaven's second-rate hand-me-downs,
I'm walking with reverend air, everything is holy now.
      
                Peter Mayer


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: frogprince
Date: 03 Nov 07 - 10:30 PM

Simple Faith by David Tamulevich

Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place
Every day
Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled
Every day

There is no hell to fear
No judgment day drawing near
Trust that inner voice you hear
Every day
Life's not a goal or race
It's about heart and faith
And living the life of grace
Every Day

Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place
Every day
Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled
Every day

Trust is an open hand
Making an honest stand
Rooted in the land
Every day
Live in the mystery
Seeking the harmony
Here between you and me
Every Day

Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place
Every day
Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled
Every day


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 03 Nov 07 - 11:19 PM

Great thread.   There are so many that speak to me... including many that have been named above.

Thanks, Bobad, for the You tube link to Tantum Ergo. Though I frequent Youtube on a regular basis, it never occurred to me to seek out something like Tantum Ergo there. I've just spent the last hour searching and listening to many songs from my earliest church experiences. Holy God, We Praise Thy Name, Come Holy Ghost, Tantum Ergo, etc. (Bobad, did you catch the toddler singing Tantum Ergo?)


Janie said, "As I contemplate the premise of the thread title, I find I make distinctions between songs that are favorites because of the associations they have with childhood or family significance, and songs that 'speak' to me spiritually. Anybody else notice that?

Yes, Janie, AND I noticed that many that had strong significance to me as a child, still do, not only because of their association to my childhood, but because they held a sacredness then and still do - a sacredness which I find less evident in much of the contemporary music.

KT


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Nov 07 - 08:33 AM

Psalm 103 {excerpt: verse 1 &2}

Bless The Lord
Oh my soul
and all that is within me
Bless His holy name

-snip-

There are a number of songs that were inspired by this Old Testament scripture. Among these songs are "Oh Bless The Lord" and "Bless The Lord {Oh My Soul}". Here are several YouTube examples of these songs:

Oh Bless The Lord:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ionHyBpSjH0
Meredith - 10 yrs old - Singing from Godspell

*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbzsf1TBaSs
Oh Bless The Lord My Soul-two talented young men singing a duet at their high school variety show

**
Bless the Lord Oh My Soul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ_FVkw-nDc
Judith Christie-McAllister - Bless The Lord Oh My Soul

*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPIaplJPayQ
Bless The Lord (Oh My Soul)-The Talented


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Nov 07 - 08:47 AM

{Jesus You're the} CENTER OF MY JOY
{Richard Smallwood}

(Intro)
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
All that's good and perfect comes from You.
You're the heart of my contentment.
Hope for all I do.
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.

(Verse)
When I've lost my direction,
You're the compass for my way.
You're the fire in the light,
when nights are long and cold.
In sadness You are the laughter
that shadows all my fears.
When I'm all alone,
Your hand is there to hold.
Oooh

(Chorus)
Jesus, You're the center of my joy.
All that's good and perfect comes from You.
You're the heart of my contentment.
Hope for all I do.
Jesus, You're the center of my joy.

(Verse)
You are why I find pleasure
in the simple things in life.
You're the music in the meadows and the streams.
The voices of the children, my family and my home.
You're the source and finish of my highest dreams.

(Chorus)
Jesus, You're the center of my joy.
All that's good and perfect
(All that's good and perfect comes from You).
You're the heart of my contentment (You're the heart of my contentment).
Hope for all I do (Hope for all I do).

(Vamp)
Jesus, (Jesus,) You are (You are) the center (the center) of my joy (of my
joy). (three times)
You are everything (Jesus,) everything (You are) everything (the center)
yeah everything (of my joy).
Yor're my joy (Jesus,) in my sorrow (You are) You're my heart (the center)
for tomorrow (of my joy).
When I'm nowhere (Jesus,) feeling sad (You Are) You're the lifter (the
center) of my height (of my joy).
You're my music (Jesus,) You're my song (You are) You're my joy (the center)
all day long (of my joy).
Jesus, (Jesus,) You're the center of my joy (joy, my joy).

http://www.nomorelyrics.net/song/149154.html

That song serves as audio for a collage of beautiful photographs in this YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py7ehvxaJoE
Jesus You're the Center of my Joy - Richard Smallwood


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Nov 07 - 08:57 AM

"Center of My Joy" is a fairly new gospel song. Here's another gospel song that is even newer:

THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IS HERE
{Byron Cage}

The presence of the Lord is here (2x's)
I feel it in the atmosphere,
The presence of the Lord is here, oh (2x's)

The spirit of the Lord is here(2x's)
I feel it in the atmosphere,
The spirit of the Lord is here, oh(2x's)

The power of the Lord is here(2x's)
I feel it in the atmosphere,
The power of the Lord is here, oh(2x's)

Bridge
Everybody blow the trumpet and sound the alarm
Because the Lord is in the temple
Let everybody bow
Let all the people praise Him now
The Lord, is here

A Blessing from the Lord is here(2x's)
I feel it in the atmosphere,
A blessing from the Lord is here (2x's)
[The Presence of the Lord lyrics on http://www.metrolyrics.com]


Bridge

The Lord(3x's)
is here

I can feel the presence of the Lord and I'm gonna get my blessing right now(10x's)

Can't you see Him working on the outside
I can see Him moving on the inside
So come and enter in and cast your cares on Him
He'll open up a window and pour you out a blessing
Cause when the Lord steps in He brings everything you need
Healing, power, and victory
Said it's all up to you, whatever you need Him to do
Just trust Him and believe and then by faith you will receive

I can feel the presence of the Lord and I'm gonna get my blessing right now (7x's)

The blessing of the Lord is here


http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-presence-of-the-lord-lyrics-byron-cage.html

Here's a video of that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QyVPKbZzww

**

This song's basic structure reminds me of 19th century {and earlier} African American spirituals.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: LeTenebreux
Date: 04 Nov 07 - 09:43 AM

I love the song "Who Will Sing For Me?". I have two recordings of it, one by Emmy Lou Harris and the other by Finest Kind.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: topical tom
Date: 04 Nov 07 - 05:26 PM

That Little White Church


        

There's a little white church in the valley
That stands in my memory each day
And it seems I can hear the bells now ringing
Though I am many miles away

And many times in church on Sunday morning
That whole countryside would gather there
They would all kneel down by the altar
As they lifted up their voice in prayer

   Oh the church in the valley that little white church
   Is the place I love so well
   Now I'm sad and lonely yes I'm sad and lonely
   For that little white church in the dell

They would sing the old song Rock of Ages
Oh Christ let me hide myself in thee
And I know some of them are now waiting
Just o'er the dark and stormy sea

I know that troubles all are ended
And happy forever they will be
They are waiting and watching up yonder
For the coming home of you and me


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,BJ
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 03:46 PM

Come……ye……discon…..so-late | Where……/\'er…. /\ 'er….
Ye….lan……….guish |

Come….to……the mer…../\ cy /\ seat |
Fer…..ve-ent-ly kneel……

Here…..bring….your woun….ded hearts…
Here…..te-ell…..your a….an…..guish |

Earth…../\ has……no……so-or……ro-ow
That hea | ven…..tha-at hea | ven
Can….not heal……

Joy…..of…..the de….so-late
Light…../\ o- /\ of…..
The stray…..ing |

Hope……of the pe…..ni-tent
Fade……le-ess and…..pure…..

Here…..spe-aks the Com…..for-ter
Ten….de-er-ly, say……ing

Earth…../\ has……no……so-or……ro-ow
That hea | ven…..that hea | ven
Can….not cure…..

Here….se-e….
The Bread…….of Life |
Se- /\ e……/\ wa…../\ ters flow……ing |

Flow……ing forth from
The /\ throne……./\ of /\ God……..
Pure……..from……..a-bove…….

Come on…….3Xs
To…….the feast…….of love |
Come on…….3Xs
Ev-er know……ing |

Earth……has…..no sor…..row
That hea | ven…..cannot…..remove
{REPEAT}

Disconsolate: Unhappy, dejected, gloomy, melancholy, sad, discontent, dissatisfied, displeased disgruntled, disappointed, disillusioned, upset.
Languish: suffer, get weak


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Janie
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 04:12 PM

Father Have Mercy on the Souls of Your Children (copyright Craig Hammond)

Father have mercy on the souls of your children
Lord, have mercy on us all
Show us true gentleness, brotherhood and righteousness
Guide our footsteps on the path
Guide our footsteps on the path

In these days of reckoning a new world is beckoning
Justice must be our one desire
And in this troubled hour bestow our lives with power
Help us to redeem this cut and bleeding earth
Help us to redeem this cut and bleeding earth

Open up the hearts of man and let your healing light shine in
Grant our quest for unity
Peace and harmony with people from across the sea
One world full of love and light
One world full of love and light

Father have mercy on the souls of your children
Lord, have mercy on us all
Show us true gentleness, brotherhood and righteousness
Guide our footsteps on the path
Guide our footsteps on the path


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Bert
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 05:13 PM

Not being relisious myself I don't have too many of them, but I do agree with you Azizi about "Precious Lord Take my Hand".

And My Dad, a confirmed atheist used to sing this one...


From,
HymnSite.com Home

277. Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Text: William H. Parker
Music: Frederick A. Challinor
Tune: STORIES OF JESUS, Meter: 84.84.54.54
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1.        Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
        things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
        scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
        stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

2.        First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
        and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
        words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
        all in the lovelight of Jesus' face.

3.        Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
        waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
        one of his heralds, yes, I would sing
        loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 01:03 AM

By way of Google, I found this Mudcat thread with the lyrics to this song and additional information:thread.cfm?threadid=55373&messages=4

If I Can Help Somebody

written in 1945 by Alma Bazel Androzzo, made famous by Mahalia Jackson, a hit in 1951 for Irish tenor Joseph Locke

If I Can Help Somebody

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they're travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus:
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

-snip-

Here's two YouTube video clips of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX1K0JL72J4
Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain-Deborah Chambers
**

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edBGuudFeu8
Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain-Patti Labelle


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 01:33 AM

WALK AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY
{Albertina Walker & The Caravans}?

One of these mornings won't be very long
You will look for me and I'll be gone
I'm going to a place where I'll have nothing, nothing to do
But just walk around, walk around heaven all day

Verse 2:
When I get to heaven I'm gonna sing and shout
Nobody will be able to put me out
My mother will be waiting
And my father, too
And we'll just walk around, walk around heaven all day

Bridge:
Dear Lord above don't you hear me praying
Walk right by my side
Hold my hand when my way gets a little cloudy
I need you, I need you to be my guide

Verse 3:
Every day will be Sunday, my Lord
Sabbath will have no end
And we'll do nothing but sing and praise Him
Then He'll say well done
And my race, my race will be won
And I'll walk around, walk around heaven all day.

Vamp:
Walk around heaven.

Ending:
I'll just walk around heaven all day.

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/553637.html

-anip-

Here's two YouTube videos of this powerful song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPCStGK2fmQ
Casietta George - Walk Around Heaven All Day {sound clip with photo of the singer}

**

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9H2vbQnAK0
PATTI LABELLE- "WALK AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY" 2006


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 07:53 AM

I STOOD ON THE BANKS OF JORDAN
{composed by James Cleveland}

Chorus:
I stood on the banks of Jordan {one day}
Just to see those ships go sailin. Oh-oh-ooh
I stood on the banks of Jordan {Lord have mercy}
[Lord just] to see those ships [the old ship of Zion] go by


Verse #1
{And when I saw it} I said Lord I got my ticket
Please don't leave me down here
You took back my father You came back and got my mother
You took everything from me that was so dear

Chorus:
{and all I could do was} stand there on the banks of Jordon [mother was goin home]
Just to see those ships go sails go sailing Oh-oh-ooh.
I stood on Jordan [God knows I did]
to see those ships go by.

Verse #2
{Listen} I know she's waitin and watchin.
I told her I'll be home after while.
[Oh] Those were the last words I ever told my mother.
She closed her eyes and she went on to glory with a smile.

Chorus:
I stood on the banks of Jordan [my heart was heavy]
Just to see those sails go sailing-Oh-oh-ooh
I stood on the banks of Jordan [God knows I did]
Just to see those ships go by.

Verse #3
Lord, I sure got my ticket.
And it's stamped for glory land.
I don't want that ole ship to leave me.
That's the only transportation I got to glory land.

Chorus:
I stood there on the Jordan
Just to see those ships go sailing {Ooh-oh-ooh}.
I stood on the banks of Jordan {God knows I did}.
Just to see those ships go by.
[repeat this last line a number of times with extemporaneous words added by the soloist].

-snip-

Since I couldn't find the lyrics to this song online, I transcribed them from this YouTube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVMV3FtwSw
"Stood On The Banks Of The Jordan" - Jessy Dixon.

Note that the title is
"Stood on the banks of Jordan. However, until the last chorus, Jessy Dixon sang "I Stood On The Banks Of Jordan".

The words in brackets are what I believe are that soloist's ad-lib lyrics. I may have missed other ad-lib words in the verses. I didn't attempt to transcribe Jessy Dixon's extemporaneous words at the end of this song. Of course, another soloist could sing other ad-lib words or no extemporaneous words at all.

**

Click to read the biography of Rev. James Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Slag
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 03:43 PM

There is a great little praise song "Glorify Thy Name" by Donna Adkins, based on Psalms 86:12 that is quite singable but I really appreciate when it is done in ASL. You gotta see it to hear it.

   Father, we love You,
   We worship and adore You,

    (chorus)
   Glorify Thy name in all the earth.
   Glorify Thy name, glorify Thy name
   Glorify Thy name in all the earth!

   Jesus, we love You,
   We worship and adore You,
   
   (chorus)

   Spirit, we love You,
   We worship and adore You,

   (chorus)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Mrs Banjiman
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 04:28 PM

What an interesting thread!

Religious songs can speak to us for so many different reasons...the melody may be very moving/stirring, the lyrics might be particularly relevant for our personal situation, or the song may have good associations from when we've sung it in the past. The latter reason, I'm sure, why songs people had at their wedding or Christmas songs have been mentioned.

For me I like the simplicity of "Dear Lord and Father of mankind", love the celtic tune of "Be Thou my vision" (especially the way we play it in our band at church with drums and celtic whistles) and also "What a friend we have in Jesus" because God used that song to help me find a fellow Christian when I was living in Japan and felt my faith was ebbing due to lack of fellowship.

Finally, "O Love that will not let me go" - I can't sing the verse about tracing the rainbow without getting choked up!!!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 04:42 PM

Correction:
Note that the title is "Stood on the banks of The Jordan. However, until the last chorus, Jessy Dixon sang "I Stood On The Banks Of Jordan".

**

I agree with your comment Mrs Banjiman that religious songs speak to us for to us for so many different reasons. Actually what you wrote is true for other songs too.

That said, I appreciate folks posting examples on this thread of songs that speak to them. As a result of those posts, I've been introduced to some new {for me} songs that also speak to me.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 06:22 PM

LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
{Elisha A. Hoffman, pub.1887
ref. by Anthony J. Showalter, pub.1887}

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

**

YouTube Video:
Five Blind Boys Of Miss - "Leaning On The Everlasting Arm"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-KK2HdVFTw&NR
"early [19]60's live gospel - Henry Johnson lead"

**

Here's a Wikipedia page on this group:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Blind_Boys_of_Mississippi


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 06:43 PM

THE LORD'S PRAYER

[The Gospel of Matthew 6:9–13; the Gospel of Luke 11:2–4]

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power,

and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

**

Here is a YouTube video of this passage from the New Testament: Mahalia Jackson - "Lord's Prayer" (1958)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_W3BH1sAag


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 07:09 PM

Sorry. That last video has been removed from YouTube.

What a shame. Mahalia Jackson's singing was beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Slag
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 08:39 PM

Mahalia singing the phone directory would be a religious experience.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: dulcimer42
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 10:49 PM

Jesus is the Light of the World.
I just heard this one at a singalong with Cathy Barton and Dave Para. It was a Christmas Song.... I had never heard it before and loved it and would love to find it again!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 11:59 PM

I grew up singing a moderately uptempo song called Jesus, The Light Of The World." I've posted the words to that song below my comments. Is this the words to the song that you heard? {Sorry, I've wasn't able to find a YouTube video clip}. Although the first and third line is the same as the Christmas carol "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", the song has a different tune than that carol. In my experience, "Jesus the Lignt Of The World" was always sung in unison and not as a call & response song.


JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
(written by George Elderkin)

Verse 1:
Hark the herald angels sing,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Glory to the newborn king,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus:
We'll walk in the light,
beautiful light,
come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night;
Jesus, the light of the world.

Verse 2:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Join the triumph of the skies,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

Verse 3:
Christ by highest heaven adored,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

Verse 4:
Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Hail the Son of righteousness,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/774541.html


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Nov 07 - 12:26 AM

Also, I meant to add that fwiw, the song "Jesus The Light Of The World" that I remember singing at church wasn't only sung during the Christmas season.

**

Mahalia singing the phone directory would be a religious experience.
-Slag

I heartily agree.

Here's two YouTube clips that are still available {though I'm not sure if they will also be removed}.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHvUvlzznc
Mahalia Jackson- "Precious Lord Take My Hand"

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gta4B1MBU0
Mahalia Jackson - His Eye Is On The Sparrow

**

I'm unsure if I posted these links before. If so, my apologies.

**

It occurs to me that it would be helpful to post an alphabetized listing of the songs in this thread so far. I'll do that as soon as possible.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:38 AM

As promised, I'm going to post an alphabetized list of songs that have been mentioned in this thread to date {as of 7:30 AM}. Given the length of that list, I'll divide it into two posts, {A-H} and
I-Z}.

When it was mentioned in the post or when I'm aware that the song is known by another title, I've placed that second title in parenthesis. These lists don't include the song's composers, though that might have been helpful given the fact that there are often multiple songs with the same title.

Please forgive any errors that I may have made regarding song titles and/or songs that I advertently omitted from this list. Any corrections of titles and any omissions should be posted to this thread.

Needless to say, this list shouldn't be interpreted as the end of this thread. Please feel free to continue posting additional examples of religious songs as well as comments about any song that may have already been posted.

Thanks again for sharing titles, lyrics, and comments about religious songs that speak to you!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:40 AM

Song Listing: Religious Songs That Speak To You
11/23/2007 7:30 AM [A-H]

A,B,C
Abide with Me
Almighty Father, Strong to Save
Amazing Grace
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Angel Band
Beams of Heaven As I Go
Be Thou My Vision
Bless The Lord Oh My Soul {Psalm 103}


C,D,E
Can't Get Away From My Love
Captain Kidd Hymn {first line: Through all the world below God is seen all around}
Come Holy Ghost
Comet
Come Ye Disconsolate
Day By Day
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
Diadem
Down By the Riverside
Ein Feste Burg
Eternal Father {Strong To Save}
Every Grain of Sand

F,G,H
Farther Along
Father Have Mercy On The Souls Of Your Children
For A Carol In The Bleak Midwinter
Garden {God from his cloudy cistern pours...}
Get Together ["Love is but the song we sing, fear's the way we die..."],
Glorify Thy Name
Glory Halleluiah {When [Since} I Lay [Laid] My Burden Down}
God Believes In You
Goin Up On a Mountain
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Hail Holy Queen
Hail Shining Morn
Halellujah
He Turns The Water Into Wine
{Plant My Feet On} Higher Ground
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Holy Now
How Can I Keep from Singing
How Great Thou Art
Hyfrydol


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: mattkeen
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:41 AM

John Ball - Chris Wood

Under the Leaves - May Bradley (Voice of the People)

Searching for Lambs - Bella Hardy


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:43 AM

Song Listing: Religious Songs That Speak To You
11/23/2007 7:30 AM [I-Z]

I, J. K
I Believe In You
I Don't Feel No Ways Tired
I Like the Christian Life
In Christ There Is No East or West
In the Cross
I Stood On The Banks of Jordan
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Jesus is Just Allright
Jesus Is On the Mainline
Jesus Is The Light Of The World.
Jesu[s], Lover Of My Soul
Jesus Saves
Jesus, The Light Of The World
Jesus, The Missing Years
Jesus, You're The Center Of My Joy.
John Ball
Just As I Am With But One Plea
Keep your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (See what the Lord has done)...

L,M,N
Lead Kindly Light
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
Let the Mystery Be
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Lord, Help Me To Hold Out
Mary Ellen Carter
My God, Accept My Heart This Day
Never Grow Old
Night Rider's Lament (Why Do You Ride for Your Money?}

O,P,Q
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O God Our Help In Ages Past
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Oh Bless The Lord
Oh Sacred Head Surrounded
Old Camp Meeting
Old Oak Grove Church
One Little Candle
Only Remembered
Open My Eyes, That I May See
Peace Be Still
Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
Precious Lord Take My Hand {aka "Take My Hand Precious Lord}

R,S,T
Ripple
Rock of Ages
Sand and Water
Silent Night
{Ours is a} Simple Faith
Simple Gifts
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
Sisters and Brothers
Small Voice Calling
Spirit in the Sky
Sweet Survivor
Tantum ergo
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Thank You Lord {For All You've Done For Me}
Thank You Jesus [For My Journey]
That Little White Church
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
The Lord's Prayer {"Our Father, who art in heaven"}
The Ninety and Nine
Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain {aka "If I Can Help Somebody"}
The Presence Of The Lord Is Here
The Road to Findout
The Song Of Hosea
This Little Light
Touch the Hem of His Garment

U,V,W
Under the leaves of life
Walk Around Heaven All Day
Weisst, Wie Viele Sterne Stehen
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
What Wondrous Love is This
What You Give Me
When A Knight Won His Spurs
When We Become
Whispering Hope
Who Will Sing For Me
Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?

X,Y,Z
You Are
You Will Eat, Bye And Bye {first line: "Long-haired preachers come out every night"}


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 09:51 AM

Oops! I goofed in typing that font command for F, G, H. I'd appreciate it if a moderator would remove that bold font for examples in that section of the list.

Thanks!

**

mattkeen, thanks for continuing to post titles of songs to this thread. If there are a number of new examples, I'll eventually post another song list-in the sweet by and by.

Hmmm. In the Sweet By and By...

Lemme check to see if that song has been listed before....

Nope. Well it's listed now.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 11:24 AM

There are a number of songs with the title "Thank You Lord". The list of songs posted on this thread includes the song "Thank You Lord {For All You've Done For Me."

I've posted two more songs with the title "Thank You Lord"-"Thank You Lord {I come before You today}" and "Thank You Lord {I Just Want To Thank You Lord}" on the Mudcat thread "Songs of thanks":
thread.cfm?threadid=106472&messages=12#2200719

In my next post to that other Mudcat thread, I've also posted the lyrics and a video link to the song "I Want To Thank You {"Heavenly Father for shining your light on me"}

That song is interesting. Is it a religious song or is it a R&B song? Maybe it's both.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 11:39 AM

Speaking of religious songs that have a R&B beat, the Edwin Hawkins Singers song "Oh Happy Day" is the first gospel song that I recall hearing on the R&B radio stations {in the mid 1960s}

Here's the words to that song:

OH HAPPY DAY
{Edwin Hawkins}

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
Oh, when he washed
(When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away!
(Oh, happy day)

Ah, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
Oh when he washed
(When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away!
(Oh, happy day)

Ah, it's a happy day
(Oh, happy day)

(He taught me how)
He taught me how
(to watch)
(fight and pray)
(fight and pray)

(And he'll rejoice)
(in things we say)
(everyday)

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
Oh, when he washed
(When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away!
(Oh, happy day)

Ah, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

(He taught me how)
He taught me how
(to watch)
(fight and pray)
(fight and pray)

(And he'll rejoice)
(in things we say)
(everyday)

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

(Oh, happy day)
repeat

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

Oh, happy day
(Oh, happy day)

When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
Oh, when he washed
(When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed
(When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away!
(Oh, happy day)

Ah, it's a happy day
(Oh, happy day)
oh Lord
(Oh, happy day)
Mmm,good God
(Oh, happy day)
oh yeah
(Oh, happy day)
Mmm, Lord
(Oh, happy day)

http://www.lyricsdepot.com/edward-hawkins-singers/oh-happy-day.html

**

Here's a video of that song from the movie Sister Act 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSXCp9ejbKo


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: topical tom
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 11:51 AM

Are You Washed In The Blood

D                               G       D
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
                                  A7
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
       D                      G
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
       D             A7          D
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Chorus:
      D             G
Are you washed in the blood,
       D                           A7
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
         D                         G
Are your garments spotless are they white as snow?
       D             A7          D
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Are you walking daily by the savior's side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Chorus

When the Bridegroom cometh, will your robes be white?
Pure and white in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your souls be ready for the mansions bright
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Chorus

Lay aside your garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
There's a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.
O, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Chorus

©1839-1929 Elisha Hoffman
Words and Music by Elisha Hoffman


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Bert
Date: 23 Nov 07 - 01:34 PM

This is more of a love song but it is religious.


Johnny Cash - Far Side Banks Of Jordan

I believe my steps are growin' wearier each day
Still I got another journey on my mind
Lures of this old world have ceased to make me wanna stay
And my one regret is leavin' you behind

But if it proves to be his will that I am first to cross
And somehow I'll be feelin' it will be
When it comes your times to travel like wise don't feel
lost
For I will be the first one that you'll see

And I'll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan
I'll be sitting drawing pictures in the sand
And when I see you coming I will rise up with the shout
And come running through the shallow water reaching for
your hand

Through this life we labor hard to earn our meager fare
It's brought us trembling hands and failing eyes
So I'll just rest here on this shore and turn my eyes away
Until you come then we'll see paradise

And I'll be waiting...
And I'll be waiting...


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 07:24 PM

GOD BLESS



Our father in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as in heaven daily bread freedom and forgivness healing peace and comfort in jesus name amen


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 08:00 PM

Thanks, Guest 29 Nov 07 - 07:24 PM.

Same to you, too.


**

Here's a repost from another Mudcat thread: thread.cfm?threadid=106647&messages=24


Subject: RE: Songs for Sudanese Ministry of Justice
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 07:55 PM

Here's another song that I think is appropriate:

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE
{Hal David and Burt Bacharach}

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last 'til the end of time.

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another meadow,
There are cornfields and wheatfields enough to grow,
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine,
Oh listen Lord, if you want to know...oh...

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some oh but just for every, every, everyone.

What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.
What the world needs now,
Is love, sweet love.

-snip-

Here's a YouTube video of this song as sung by the first artist who recorded it, Jackie DeShannon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpzDJFvmYwk&feature=related
"what the world needs now is love"-Jackie DeShannon

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach . It was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon and reached number 7 in the US charts May of that year".
-SeaBuccaneer


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 08:03 PM

Here's two combined reposts from that same Mudcat thread:

Subject: RE: Songs for Sudanese Ministry of Justice
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 07:00 PM

Since this thread is in the music section, here's a song that imo speaks to the greater issue in the Sudan:

WE ARE THE WORLD
{Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie}

There comes a time when we need a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We're all a part of God's great big family
And the truth - you know love is all we need

( CHORUS )
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Well, send'em you your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us
By turning stone to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand

( REPEAT CHORUS )

When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, let's realize
That one change can only come
When we stand together as one

( REPEAT CHORUS AND FADE )

http://www.inthe80s.com/weworld.shtml

****

Subject: RE: Songs for Sudanese Ministry of Justice
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 07:03 PM

Here's the YouTube video of "We Are The World":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INwB0BWVDnM


{This website includes information about this song, a list of the R&B and Pop singers who recorded the original version of this song, and the lyrics of this song with the designation as to which singer sung which lines]


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 08:06 PM

Great Johnny Cash song! I bet June Carter was the first person he saw when he crossed over.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Slag
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 09:40 PM

Thank you Topical Tom. "Are You Washed?" A great Christian theme: There is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood and along that line is the beautiful hymn "There Is A Fountain".


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 10:40 AM

I see that I started this thread in 28 Oct 07 - 09:19 PM with the song "Beams of Heaven". This is still one of my favorite gospel songs, especially when I'm in this kind of mood [that I guess I was also in at the end of October 2007]

I'd like to share a video of an African American Baptist choir singing that song.

Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aoYck7bOow

"Song of praise as done by the Antioch Baptist Church of Englewood of Chicago. Under the direction of Nathan Schaffer, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church".


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 11:12 AM

Here's a new gospel song that I love:

ORDER MY STEPS

[Glenn Bruleigh]

Chorus 1:
Order my steps in Your word dear Lord,
lead me, guide me everyday,
send Your anointing, Father I pray;
order my steps in Your word,
please, order my steps in Your word.

Verse 1:
Humbly, I ask Thee to teach me Your will,
while You are working, help me be still,
Satan is busy, but my God is real;
order my steps in Your word,
please, order my steps in Your word.

Verse 2:
Briddle my tongue let my words edify,
let the words of my mouth be exceptable in Thy sight,
take charge of my thoughts both day and night;
please order my steps in Your word,
please order my steps in Your word.

Bridge:
I want to walk worthy,
my calling to fulfill.
Please order my steps Lord,
and I'll do Your blessed will.
The world is ever changing,
but You are still the same;
if You order my steps, I'll praise Your name.

Vamp:
Order my steps in Your word.
Order my tongue in Your word.
Guide my feet in Your word.
Wash my heart in Your word.
Show me how to walk in Your word.
Show me how to talk in Your word.
When I need a brand new song to sing,
show me how to let Your praises ring,
in your word (2x),

Chorus 2:
Please order my steps in Your word,
please order my steps in Your word.

Ending:
Please order my step in Your word.
Please order my tongue in Your word.
Please guide my feet in Your word.
Please wash my heart in Your word.
Please order my steps in Your word.

-snip=

Here's a link to two YouTube videos of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsGVDDYJW9o&feature=related
Order My Steps, performed by The Milbourne Family Choir
[an African American choir]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pADdkg7p8aM&feature=related
Golgota Gospel Kórus-Order my steps
[This choir is singing in English and also in another language {I'm not sure what language that is}. This video is too dark to see, but the audio is great!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: maeve
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 11:36 AM

One long-time favorite of mine is "Be Still My Soul", original German lyrics by Katharina von Schlegel, English translation by Jane L. Borthwick, and the tune of course is "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius.

I'm just home from singing it as part of our Palm Sunday service. Now I want to learn it in German.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 11:51 AM

Vince Gill - Go Rest High On That Mountain...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRyKg5xMaXA
bob


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 11:52 AM

A lot of my favourites have already been mentioned, here are some more.

Poor Wayfarin' Stranger.
Jerusalem.
Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort
http://youtube.com/watch?v=fus6yvl1e_8
Can't find the lyrics anywhere.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 12:45 PM

Volgadon, here's that link for "Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fus6yvl1e_8


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 01:01 PM

I've read through the thread, and I don't think anyone's yet mentioned Blessed Quietness... it's not just the song but the people we remember singing it.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 02:06 PM

Kitty, here's the words to "Blessed Quietness".

BLESSED QUIETNESS

[Manie P. Ferguson, c.1897
arr. and v. 2 by Anonymous/Unknown, pub.1911]

[W. S. Marshall, c.1897
arr. by James H. Fillmore, Sr., pub.1911]

Joys are flowing like a river,
Since the Comforter has come;
He abides with us forever,
Makes the trusting heart His home.

Refrain:
Blessed quietness, holy quietness,
Blest assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea Jesus speaks to me,
And the billows cease to roll.

Everything is turned to gladness,
All around this glorious Guest;
Banished unbelief and sadness,
All is perfect peace and rest.

Like the rain that falls from heaven,
Like the sunlight from the sky,
So the Holy Spirit given,
Falls upon us from on high.

What a wonderful salvation,
Where we always see His face!
What a peaceful habitation!
What a quiet resting-place!




And here's a link to a YouTube video of a pianist playing that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vun-2ThTpyo1961


Also, here's a link to a Mahalia Jackson video of that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtHmvgdMtvc&feature=related

-snip-

Fwiw, I remember singing this song in the Baptist church that I attended in my childhood and teen years. But I definitely know the tune and the chorus, I don't remember the words to the verses at all. I think it's the chorus that makes this song so powerful.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 02:06 PM

Dare to Be a Daniel as sung by The Albion Band on Lark Rise to Candleford

Charlotte (the view from Ma and Pa's piano stool)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 02:16 PM

Azizi - the third verse I have for Blessed Quietness is

See a fruitful field is growing blessed fruits of righteousness
And the streams of light are flowing in the lonely wilderness.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 02:24 PM

In contrast, I heard this gospel song "He's Sweet I Know" on a record about 25 years ago, and I've never forgotten it. I think the singer was Jesse Dixon, but I'm not sure. I really love this song.
I'm not sure who the composer of this song is, but apparently Mahalia Jackson is known for singing it. Here's the words:


HE'S SWEET I KNOW

He's sweet I know
He's sweet I know
Dark clouds may rise
And strong winds may blow
But, I can the world
Wherever I may go
That I have found a Savior
And He's sweet I know
(repeat)

I can't forget
When I was sad
Head hanging down
And my soul feeling bad
But, all I could say
Was "Lord, take my heart"
You know, Jesus heard me praying
And He gave me a song
(chorus)

Sometimes I'm tried
By Satan's snares
And my burdens seem
So hard to bear
And I'm talked about, Lord
In whatever I do
But, I know a Savior
And He'll take me on through
(chorus)

-snip-

Here's a link to a homemade YouTube video of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umR4huatALY&feature=related
Aulegend-"He's sweet I know"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: topical tom
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 03:29 PM

Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Jude
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 04:59 PM

"Oh, Sweet Jesus I'm Coming"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 08:10 AM

I woke up this morning with the song "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me" in my mind.

Here's a link to a YouTube video of that African American spiritual:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FvF-s_VdvSg&feature=related

Emily Bram - I Want Jesus To Walk With Me


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 08:21 AM

I just noticed that the songs listed under the F,G,H are in bold font.

I would appreciate it if a moderator would remove the bold font setting for the F, G, H song list.

Thanks!

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Thanks to all who have posted songs to this thread. Keep them coming!

I intend to compile a Part II alphabetical listing of songs posted to this thread after the first listing was compiled. I'll probably post that Part II song listing in June 2008 {I picked June for no real reason other than the fact that I like that month}.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 09:27 AM

One of my memories of Sunday morning when I was a child was my mother turning on a gospel music radio station so we could hear that music as we got ready to go to church. The song "Victory Is Mine" was the theme song for one of those radio shows, and for some reason, it's the only song that I associate with my memories of those Sunday morning shows. One reason why I remember this song may be that it was repeated every Sunday-since it was that radio show's theme song-and it was sung with much more "enthusiasm" {for want of a better word} than my church choirs usually sang.

I've found two YouTube videos of that song. The first one I'll post isn't the same but is closest to my memories of how that radio choir from my childhood sang that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuRQ1zaRHRI&feature=related

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Here's another link to a rendition of that song. This one is sung by Dorothy Norwood Singers, a choir that is very well regarded in gospel music circles:

Dorothy Norwood- "Victory Is Mine"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L50l9wNXS0M





Alcorn Gospel Choir-"Victory Today Is Mine"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 09:46 AM

For those who may have had as difficult a time finding this thread as I did, many of the links to songs are posted on this page on my website:

http://cocojams.com/gospel.htm


Although that website's primary focus is children's rhymes & cheers, I confess that I started that page because I wanted to have easy access to those gospel & spiritual songs.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: MaineDog
Date: 13 Apr 08 - 11:55 AM

re: Eternal Father Strong to Save
That was one of Gail's favorites, and we used it at her service. The version I chose had 5 verses, including something of each of the armed services.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: eddie1
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 02:45 AM

Life is funny sometimes. This afternoon I'm going to a funeral of a friend who went overnight from being fit, healthy and enjoying everything in life to being practically unable to speak and being confined to a wheelchair and unable to do anything for himself. This was due to a brain haemmorrage.
He spent a year when his speech did get a little better during which time he told me often how much he wished it was all over. Last week he got his wish.
Today I found this thread and it's helped me get my thoughts into some kind of perspective.
I've no idea what songs/hymns we'll hear today but I'll have a lot to listen to inside.
I guess the main one for me is "I Bid You Goodnight" which The Greatful Dead sang. When I have more time I'll find a Blue Clicky for it.
Thanks Mudcat.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Muttley
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:45 AM

Hi Azizi - haven't heard from you in a long while on the PM circuit - I've been in "nocomputerland" for ages and only recently got back to the Mudcat a few weeks ago.

I have a few offerings for you on this score (no pun intended) - sorry.

I have toi agree with Slag and Little Hawk who nominated 'Amazing Grace': I think not only is the tune spectacularly powerful - but singing its words to the tune of House of the Rising Sun and placing the emphasis on "Grace's" lyrics where they would go on "Rising Sun's" - jus tshows how versatile and powerful this song really is. Add to that the fact that the writer, John Newton was the captain of a slave ship for many years before he found God and became a minister and you have a song which is powerful as well as the story of the lyricists life.

My own epiphany moment with Amazing Grace came in the Scottish Highlands when we pulled over one drizzling, windy, freezing morning (just another beautiful Summer's day in the highlands of Western Scotland) into a lookout carpark above Loch Tulla. There was a chap in full 'Cameron Highlander' regalia busking by playing the pipes. As I walked over to film him he segue'd from whatever tune he was doing and into Amazing Grace: I stood there filming with tears running unashamedly down my face and sobbing (you can hear me on the film).

However, the other two songs I love and which speak to me are:

I LOOKED UP

I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-coming
I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-coming
Down the road

A - le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here
A- le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here

I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-crying
I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-crying
For my sins

A - le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here
A- le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here

I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-dying
I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-dying
On the cross

A - le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here
A- le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here

I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-rising
I looked up - - - - and I saw my Lord a-rising
From the tomb

A - le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here
A- le - lujah He is coming
A - le - lujah He is here


The third song is: MARY DID YOU KNOW

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and   
daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind
man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his
hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of god

Mary, did you know?
Oh, Mary, did you know?

The blind will see.The deaf will hear.
And the dead will live again,
The lame will leap. The dumb will speak
The praises of the lamb.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rules the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heavens perfect lamb?
This sleeping child youre holding; Is the great I am

Reba McEntire does a beautiful version but the absolute best I have heard is duet sung by Kenny Rogers and I forget the female partner - a black soul / gospel singer I think.

Muttley


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: eddie1
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 08:03 AM

Link For I Bid You Goodnight sung by Tom Rawson with great harmonies

http://www.tomrawson.com/recordings.html

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 10:16 AM

Welcome back, Muttley!


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My condolences on your friend's passing, Eddie1.

Here's the hyperlink for "I Bid You Goodnight"
http://www.tomrawson.com/recordings.html


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 10:48 AM

Here's one that I love (From the PPM website)

Children go where I send thee: how shall I send thee?
Well, I'm gonna send thee one by one
One for the little bitty baby
            
Who was born, born, born in Bethlehem
                  
Said he was born, born, born in Bethlehem

Children go where I send thee: how shall I send thee?
Hey, I'm gonna send thee two by two
Two for Paul and Silas
One for the itty bitty baby

Who was born, born, born in Bethlehem.

Children go where I send thee: how shall I send thee?
(*repeat, singing verses in descending order*)
I'm gonna send the: three by three, three for the Hebrew children
four by four, four for the four that stood at the door
five by five, five for the five that stayed alive
six by six, six for the six that never got fixed
seven by seven, seven for the seven who never got to heav'n
eight by eight, eight for the eight that stood at the gate
nine by nine, nine for the nine that dressed so fine
ten by ten, ten for the ten commandments

He was born, born, born
born in Bethlehem.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:11 PM

GUEST,Joseph de Culver City, it took me two minutes or so to figure out that PPM = Peter, Paul, and Mary. I guess a true folkie would have gotten that automatically.

:o)

Here's two YouTube links of performances of that African American spiritual:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5s-A5YfaA8I
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Peter, Paul and Mary

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=lPZpkTlFcR0
Children Go Where I Send Thee (Fairfield Four)
"Legendary Gospel group from Nashville"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:45 PM

Azizi- Thanks for pointing out my unintentional omission. And thanks for the links (gotta say I love The Fairfield Four).


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:07 PM

No problemo Joseph de Culver City.

And I now it's my turn to thank you for introducing me to The Fairfield Four. After watching that video you alerted us to, I found another video of that group performing "Po' Lazarus".

I hadn't heard of that song until I started coming to Mudcat and even then I'd heard of that song, but never heard it sung. I was very impressed with The Fairfield Four's performance of "Po Lazarus". And that video inspired me to start a whole 'nother category thread. Here's the link to my post on that thread which includes a hyperlink to that YouTube video:

thread.cfm?threadid=110403&messages=12#2315321
Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: topical tom
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:25 PM

Two religious songs that I find most moving are Life's Setting Sun and

   Who Will Sing For Me?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 02:23 PM

My favorite, at time marker 5:15GB Shea sings "How Great Thou Art" And if you enjoy 1600 voice choirs, watch the whole clip--it's all good--


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:57 PM

One of my favourites

Darlene Zschech took a small Church in Australia and made it huge with well over 4,000 congregation....from there came the 'Hillsongs' of which this is one I love.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: ClaireBear
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 05:24 PM

Azizi,

I have sung several of your favorites in my church's gospel choir -- and even done the solo in most of them, as not many of the women in the choir have solo-quality voices. That's how I know this: You have great taste!

I just wanted to mention that my all-time favorite to sing (though not necessarily my favorite song) of those you mentioned is "Peace Be Still." In fact, I liked it so much that I conned the choir leader into letting me reinsert the original second and third verses of the song (as written by Mary A. Baker in 1874 as "Master the Tempest Is Raging," according to the Cyberhymnal) so that the solo part would be longer. You didn't post those verses in this thread, so I thought I would:

Master, with anguish of spirit I bow in my grief today.
The depths of my sad heart are troubled, O waken and save, I pray.
Torrents of sin and of anguish sweep o'er my sinking soul
And I perish! I perish, dear Master: O hasten, and take control.

Master, the terror is over, the elements sweetly rest.
The sun in the calm lake is mirrored, and Heaven's within my breast.
Linger, O blessed Redeemer; leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor, and rest on that blissful shore.

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 06:02 PM

I just found two gospel songs on YouTube that I want to share with folks here:

Edwin Hawkins Choir-I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHPPpW6IFn0&feature=related

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSu6UtVImrQ&feature=related

**

I first heard the Edwin Hawkins song in the early 1970s. "I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say" sounds different from a lot of gospel songs because there it features a trio instead of a soloist, and has a Latin rhythm to it, or at least that's what it sounds like to me.
Here's information that song from the YouTube summary:

"Edwin Hawkins Singers, Northern California State Youth Choir - Director Edwin R. Hawkins - "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord LP
Century 31016, 1968; BPS 10001, 1969

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I don't recall hearing the gospel song "A Building Not Made By Hand" before. But its tune is "old school" gospel [I mean like the 1950s or 1960s]. And the song is sung in a "old downhome gospel" way that I wish I could describe better. The song uses both call & response [choir/soloist and soloist/choir patterns and also sometimes uses a kind of "lining" approach with the soloist singing a line and the choir taking it from there...In this case, the choir is the church congregation. Everyone appears to know the song. But even if a person didn't know the words to this song when other people started singing it, the repeating pattern of the lyrics make the song easy to learn.

I'm really glad I stumbled across this song while surfing YouTube's gospel song collection. Albertina Walker singing "A Building Not Made By Hand", is now definitely one of my favorite religious songs. Of course, I have a lot of favorite religious songs.

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Btw, hyperlinks of these and a number of other Gospel and Spiritual YouTube videos are found on this page of my website:

http://www.cocojams.com/gospel.htm


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 06:46 PM

Here are the words to "A Building Not Made By Hand" that were posted in the comment section of that video by ShondaGospelDiva:

Lord keep me day by day
In a pure & perfect way
I want to live, I want to live on
In a building not made by hand

I'm just a stranger here
Traveling through this barren land
One thing I know,I have a building somewhere Lord, a building not made by hand

Lord keep my body strong
So that I may do no wrong
Give me grace to run this Christian race Lord, in a building not made by hand.

-snip-

I see several references to this song on Google, but no indication of who wrote it, and I haven't found any other "complete" example of the words. I wrote the word "complete" in quotation marks because I'm guessing though I don't know for sure that this could be an open ended zipper song with different verses like "Lord keep my heart strong, or Lord keep my mind strong, etc" in addition to "Lord keep my body strong"...



Also, from reading the comments, it appears that this song was sung at a special program that featured a number of well known gospel singer. The organist in the video was soul musician Billy Preston.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 09:12 AM

From the Libre Vermell de Montserrat.

Mariam Matrem

Mariam Matrem Virginem attolite,
Jesum Christum extolite Concorditer.

Maria, saeculi asilum, defendenos.
Jesu, tutum refugium, exaudi nos.
Jam estis vos totaliter diffugium,
totum mundi confugium realiter.

Jesu, suprema bonitas verissima.
Maria, dulcis pietas gratissima.
Amplissima conformiter sit caritas
ad nos quos pellit vanitas enormiter.

Maria, facta saeculis salvatio.
Jesu, damnati hominis redemptio.
Pugnare quem viriliter per famulis
percusis duris iaculis atrociter.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 01:31 PM

Sweet Beulah Land

Sang it with my daughters 3 part harmony. The older daughter (10 or 11 at the time) composed and taught us a special arrangement in which she (alto) echoed after bits of the song.

It was lovely.

BTW.. The church we belonged to at the time was named Beulah Baptist.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 01:32 PM

Should have said that daughter is now in "Beulah Land", so makes it more poignant than ever when we performed it.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 04:16 PM

Another from the wonderful 'Red Book'.

No meditative contemplation of transendent divinity here.

This fiercly celebratory song, powerfully evokes the caravan of travelling pilgrims as they sing and dance their way, mile upon mile across dusty earth to the shrine of Our Lady.

I'm right there with them and am always compelled to get up and dance barefooted to this any time I hear it. Which is course the whole point of such a song!

Cuncti Simus Concanentis

Cuncti simus concanentes: Ave Maria.

Virgo sola existente en affuit angelus;
Gabriel est appellatus atque missus celitus.
Clara facieque dixit: Ave Maria.

Clara facieque dixit, audite, karissimi.
En concipies, Maria, Ave Maria.

En concipies, Maria, audite karissimi.
Pariesque filium, Ave Maria.

Pariesque filium, audite, karissimi.
Vocabis eum Ihesum, Ave Maria.

I must confess I don't know what the Latin means. I'm just happy to sing along with the chorus. And experience in that moment of immersion, the knowledge that in my own way in my own life, I too am a member of that caravan.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 12:03 AM

Sleepy Rosie, I just read your comments. I appreciate them, particularly your ending comment.

**

Thanks to all who have posted comments to this thread thus far. Given its subject matter, I like to keep refreshing this thread from time to time. Besides, I keep finding songs that I add on to "my favorites" category.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 12:18 AM

Here's a song that I just heard on YouTube that I really like:

Broken Walls: Holy One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBz_ppCLRjQ

Performed by Broken Walls at World Outreach Worship Centre

-snip-

Other YouTubes of Broken Wall songs are listed on that page. I first heard that song as it was added as the "musical score" to this videotape a person took of a pow wow:

Kentucky Derby 1st Annual Pow-wow (Videoed with permission)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WMdZhz1vnM&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div

The video contributor, stumpmtsr, mentioned in his or her response to a comment that the Christian Native American music that he {or she} added to this video was performed by Broken Wall, and that the "band playing this song are Mohawk of Tyendinaga Territory, Ontario".

Btw, stumpmstsr provides an informative description of the types of pow wow dances that males perform and that females perform. I like the fact that stumpmster responds to viewer's questions and comments in what I consider to be one of the best YouTube comments sections that I have read thus far {and I'll admit to reading quite a few of them}.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 02:13 PM

The version of Matriam Matrem Virginem posted below, was by far the best I could find on YouTube. I learned to sing this a few months back, but couldn't match this lady. A serious pity that the editing on the tubey gets screwed midway!

Not a big fan of some of Hildegards philosophy, but I could listen to her sacred songs forever...


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: cptsnapper
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 04:07 PM

Beth Neilsen Chapman's " There's A Light".


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 04:51 PM

A religious song perhaps not quite. But one that I really like from the fantastic adaptation of Virginia Wolfes Orlando, which I watched tonight.. The lyrics well describe Neoplatonic themes of the dance between Lover and Beloved in the Souls incarnatory journey from division to Union.

I Am Coming

I am coming! I am coming!
I am coming through!
Coming across the divide to you
In this moment of unity
I'm feeling only an ecstasy
To be here, to be now
At last I am free-
Yes-at last, at last
To be free of the past
And of a future that beckons me.
I am coming! I am coming!
Here I am!
Neither a woman nor a man-
We are joined, we are one
With a human face
We are joined, we are one
With a human face
I am on earth
And I am in outer space
I'm being born and I am dying


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 14 Dec 08 - 06:10 PM

I can't hear, much less sing, Every Star Shall Sing A Carol without crying. I'm not sure why. Perhaps when I first heard it, in my early teens, it appealed to me as an sf fan; it's not often you hear a hymn about alien life. Perhaps it's the way Carter could combine an open-minded, inquisitive outlook with rock-solid faith; as if to say, there's a great big universe out there, we know almost nothing about almost all of it, but we can be sure that God's out there too. Or perhaps it's just the wild, apocalyptic exorbitance of that first verse (every star!) Wonderful stuff, anyway.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Mar 09 - 12:17 PM

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF

Artist: Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers lyrics
Album: Finale
Year: 2006
featuring Sheri Jones-Moffett

[Verse 1:]
Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test.
And no matter how you feel,
speak the word and you will be healed;
speak over yourself,
encourage yourself in the Lord.

[Verse 2:]
Sometimes you have to speak the word over yourself,
the pressure is all around,
but God is present help.
The enemy created walls,
but remember giants, they do fall;
speak over yourself,
encourage yourself in the Lord.

[Bridge:]
As I minister to you, oh I minister to myself,
life can hurt you so,
'til you feel there's nothing left.
(No matter how you feel),
(speak the word and you will be healed).

[Vamp 1:]
Speak over yourself. [x4]

[Vamp 2:]
I'm encouraged.
I'm encouraged.
I'm encouraged.
I'm encouraged.

[Vamp 3:]
I'm encouraged,
I'm encouraged,
I'm encouraged,
I'm encouraged.

[Vamp 2]

[Vamp 3]

[Vamp 2]

[Ending:]
(Speak over yourself),
(encourage yourself in the Lord).

http://www.lyricsmania.com/

**

Here's a link to a video of this contemporary African American gospel song:

Encourage Yourself - Donald Lawrence


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 09:16 AM

As promised some time ago, here's an alphabetized list of songs that have been mentioned in this thread from 11/23/2007; 7:31 AM to 8/2/2009; 9:00 AM

Some song titles have the composers or well known performers of the song or the first line in parenthesis or brackets. Sorry, there's no consistent method to the inclusion of the brackets, parenthesis).

A-H Part II

A,B
A Building Not Made By Hand [also known as "Lord Keep Me Day By Day"]
I'm making an exception here by noting that the link to a video of this gospel song led by Albertina Walker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSu6UtVImrQ&feature=related is also found in my post dated 05 Dec 08 - 06:02 PM. Unfortunately, I neglected to add the title to that link in that post.

Are You Washed In The Blood

Be Still My Soul (original German lyrics by Katharina von Schlegel, English translation by Jane L. Borthwick)

Blessed Quietness

C,D,E
Children Go Where I Send Thee

Cuncti simus concanentes

Dare to Be a Daniel (as sung by The Albion Band on Lark Rise to Candleford)

Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort

Encourage Yourself

Every Star Shall Sing A Carol

F,G,H
Far Side Banks Of Jordan

Go Rest High On That Mountain (as sung by Vince Gill)

He's Sweet I Know

Holy One (as sung by Broken Walls)


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 09:21 AM

I-Z, Part II

I,J,K
I Am Coming

I Bid You Goodnight

I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say

I Looked Up (and I saw my Lord a-coming)

In the Sweet By and By

Jerusalem

I Want To Thank You {"Heavenly Father for shining your light on me"}

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

L,M,N
Mariam Matrem

Life's Setting Sun

Mary Did You Know (that your baby boy will one day walk on water?)

O,P,Q
Oh Happy Day

Oh, Sweet Jesus I'm Coming

Order My Steps

Poor Wayfarin' Stranger

Po' Lazarus

R,S,T
Searching for Lambs

Sweet Beulah Land

Thank You Lord {first line-"I come before You today"}

Thank You Lord (also known as "I Just Want To Thank You Lord")

There's A Light (by Beth Neilsen Chapman)

U.V,W
Victory Is Mine [also known as "Victory Today Is Mine"]

We Are The World

What The World Needs Now Is Love

Who Will Sing For Me?

Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?

X,Y,Z


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: open mike
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 11:32 AM

Lord, You don't have to move that mountain
Just show me how to climb it
You don't have to move that Stumblin' block
just show me the way around it

here:http://www.bluegrasslyrics.com/gospel_song.cfm-recordID=sp1470.htm

there is another bluegrass gospel song which has a sparrow in it
which starts out with "you may think you're the center of the world"

I think i heard it by Kathy Kallick or Sally Van Meter or Laurie Lewis

but can't find it now...perhaps i should start a new thread to search..
Laurel


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Amos
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 01:25 PM

I tend to be skeptical about religions in general, but I have admired the music since I was a choir boy.

Mahalia Jackson never fails. Her "Saints" is a classic. Her voice rings in my childhood memories-- "Wade in the Water", "Jesus Met the Woman"...

The songs that speak most to me personally, despite my rebuttal of some of their metaphysical premises, are "Abide With Me" and "Amazing Grace".

A


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: open mike
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 01:57 PM

further lyrics to the one i am looking for...


"You think you're the center of the world..
..I think I'm the center of the world..

in our hearts we know we're wrong-
God made the sparrow the center of the world!"


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: olddude
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 02:26 PM

wayfarin stranger Azizi
that one works for me
Dan


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 06:09 PM

open mike, here's the hyperlink to that website that you posted earlier:
http://www.bluegrasslyrics.com/gospel_song.cfm-recordID=sp1470.htm

I'm sorry. I don't know that song whose words you're searching for.

**

Oh, Dan, for a minute there I thought that you were saying that I was a wayfaring stranger. LOL!

I Googled the title and found these words:

POOR WAYFARING STRANGER

I am a poor wayfaring stranger
While journeying through this world of woe;
And there's no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land to which I go.

I'm going there to see my Father,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm only go-going over Jordan,
I'm only go-going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me,
I know my way is rough and steep;
And beautiful fields lie just before me,
Where God's redeemed there vigils keep.

I'm going there to see my Father,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm only go-going over Jordan,
I'm only go-going over home.



I'm going there to see my mother,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm only go-going over Jordan,
I'm only go-going over home.

I want to wear that crown of glory,
When I get home to that good land;
Well I want to shout salvation's story,
In concert with ohh the blood-washed band,

I'm going there to see my Saviour,
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm only go-going over Jordan,
I'm only go-going over home.

Well I'm only go-going over home.
Yeah only go-going over home.

http://www.lyrics007.com/Eva%20Cassidy%20Lyrics/Wayfaring%20Stranger%20Lyrics.html

Is this the song you meant?


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 06:21 PM

Here's a song for those who love children's gospel choirs:

"You Are The Shepherd"-The African Children's Choir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ThwVGrt80&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: double stopping
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 06:44 PM

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

and

Lord of All Hopefulness


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Arkie
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 06:59 PM

I am glad to see this thread back again.

Several of the songs listed here are very meaningful to me. Some others are:
Master of the Sheepfold
Lord of the Dance
Tis a Gift to be Simple


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: oldhippie
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 09:48 PM

NO religious song speaks to me - spiritual songs do.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 10:53 PM

oldhippie, I chose not to use the title "Spiritual Songs That Speak To You" because I was concerned that people might think I was referring to African American spirituals such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Wade In The Water".

Personally, I prefer to consider myself "spiritual" rather than "religious". But the point of this thread is for people to share the songs that speak to their spirit however they choose to refer to it.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 07:14 AM

Here's another song that I love:


CENTER OF MY JOY

Artist: Richard Smallwood

(Intro)
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
All that?s good and perfect comes from You.
You?re the heart of my contentment.
Hope for all I do.
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.

(Verse)
When I?ve lost my direction,
You?re the compass for my way.
You?re the fire n? light,
when nights are long and cold.
In sadness You are the laughter
that shadows all my fears.
When I?m all alone,
Your hand is there to hold.
Oooh

(Chorus)
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
All that?s good and perfect comes from You.
You?re the heart of my contentment.
Hope for all I do.
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.

(Verse)
You are why I find pleasure
in the simple things in life.
You?re the music in the meadows and the streams.
The voices of the children, my family and my home.
You?re the source and finish of my highest dreams.

(Chorus)
Jesus, You?re the center of my joy.
All that's good and perfect
(All that?s good and perfect comes from You).
You're the heart of my contentment (You?re the heart of my contentment).
Hope for all I do (Hope for all I do).

(Vamp)
Jesus, (Jesus,) You are (You are) the center (the center) of my joy (of my
joy). (three times)
You are everything (Jesus,) everything (You are) everything (the center)
yeah everything (of my joy).
Yor're my joy (Jesus,) in my sorrow (You are) You're my heart (the center)
for tomorrow (of my joy).
When I'm nowhere (Jesus,) feeling sad (You Are) You're the lifter (the
center) of my height (of my joy).
You're my music (Jesus,) You're my song (You are) You're my joy (the center)
all day long (of my joy).
Jesus, (Jesus,) You're the center of my joy (joy, my joy).

-snip-

Here's a link to a YouTube video of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LHD5KZEtX8&feature=channel
"Center of My Joy"-Richard Smallwood


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 07:28 AM

Here's a church song that I remember well:

JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD *

(written by George Elderkin)

Verse 1:
Hark the herald angels sing,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Glory to the newborn king,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus:
We'll walk in the light,
beautiful light,
come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night;
Jesus, the light of the world.

Verse 2:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Join the triumph of the skies,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

Verse 3:
Christ by highest heaven adored,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

Verse 4:
Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Hail the Son of righteousness,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Chorus

http://www.lyricsoncall.com/lyrics/hymn/jesus-the-light-of-the-world-lyrics.html

*This song is also known as "Walk In The Light".


-snip-

Here's a link to a YouTube video of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ool3VUX1yc0&feature=channel
"Walk In The Light"-Debbie Austin


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 07:54 AM

Here's a gospel song that has particularly meaning for me:

HOW I GOT OVER
{As sung by Mahalia Jackson}

How I got over
How I got over
You know my soul looks back and wonder
How I got over
(repeat)

Soon as I can see Jesus
The man that died for me
Man that bled and suffered
Hung on Calvary
I'm gonna thank him
For how he brought me
I'm gonna thank God
For how he taught me
Yes, thank my God for how he kept me
I'm gonna thank him 'cause He never left me
I'm gonna thank God for ol' time religion
I'm gonna thank Him for giving me a vision
I'm gon' join the Heavenly choir
And I'm a-sing and never get tired
I'm gonna sing somewhere 'round God's alter
And I'm a-shout all my troubles over
Lord, we got to thank you
Thank you for being so good to me
(chorus)

I'm gon' wear a di-garment
In that New Jerusalem
I'm gonna walk the streets of gold
In that homeland of the soul
I'm gonna view the hosts in white
That been traveling day and night
Coming up from every nation
On their way to the great coronation
Coming from the north, south, east, and west
On their way to a land of rest
Lord, we gonna join the heavenly choir
We gon' sing and never get tired
Lord, we gon' sing somewhere 'round your alter
And we gonna shout all our troubles over
Lord, we gotta thank you
Thank you for being so good to me

Hmmm, I wanna thank you, this morning
I wanna thank you, Lord, this morning
You know all, all night long
You kept your angels watching over me
And you told your angels this morning
You told your angels, Lord, this morning
You said, "Touch her, in my name"
You said, "Touch her, in my name"
And I rose, I rose this morning
Lord, I rose, I rose this morning
With the blood, blood running warm
All in my veins, Oh Lord
Lord, I feel, I feel like running
Lord, I feel, I feel like running
Lord, you know I feel, feel like running
Lord, Lord, I feel, I feel like running
Lord, I wanna thank you
Thank you, thank you for being
So good to me

http://www.lyricstime.com/mahalia-jackson-how-i-got-over-lyrics.html

**
Here are two links to YouTube videos of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l49N8U3d0Bw&feature=fvw
"How I Got Over"-Mahalia Jackson

"Mahalia Jackson live in Chicago a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahalia sang this at the march on washington just before King gave the I have a dream speech "

-snip-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qBgWBChQoY&feature=related
"How I Got Over"-Cathey Sparks

"Cathey Sparks delivers a powerful, moving and unique rendition of Mahalia Jackson's classic gospel song 'How I Got Over'. "


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Elijah Browning
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 11:15 AM

"Christmas in the Trenches" - John McCutcheon


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Jeanie
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 11:42 AM

I've just got back from the Yearly Meeting Gathering of Quakers in York, UK. On the last night we circled the lake and sang this song, while lanterns were launched into the night sky:

Building bridges between our divisions
I reach out to you, will you reach out to me ?
With all of our voices and all of our visions
Friends we can make such a sweet harmony

And here we are, singing it, with voices echoing around the lake:
Building Bridges

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 01:59 PM

Farther Along sung by this woman.

Though I am leaning towards atheism, this performance moves me to tears.

Something about the purity of it. I just love this woman.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 02:52 PM

VirginiaTam, I think it may be because we can feel that that woman believes what she is singing. Often some other singers appear to be just performing.

**

I also like this version of "Farther Along":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc6mcKUucaw&search=I%27ll%20Fly%20Away%20brother%20where%20out%20thou

"Farther Along" By The Peasall Sisters


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 05:40 PM

Here's a link to the lyrics to the Center Of The World song that open mike (Laurel)was looking for in her 02 Aug 09 - 11:32 AM post in this thread:

thread.cfm?threadid=122641&messages=8#2693053

The lyrics were posted by Mudcatter BK Lick on the thread that Laurel started for that purpose.

Great job, BK Lick!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 03:20 PM

Azizi

I had seen the Pearsall Sisters one. Can't watch it through because it reminds of the days I sang hymns with my little girls at church, Andie creating amazing harmonies off the top of her 11 -14 year old head.

Having said that, even if I didn't have the tragedy of Andie's untimely passing and hurt of memories to contend with, I still prefer the elderly lady singing.

And you were spot on as to why. Her song is coming from a deep abiding faith. But there is something more. It is coming from her suffering and an understanding of the suffering of others and that is what makes it so special.

I want to be a small child sitting cross legged chin in hands, at her feet listening to her sing and tell stories.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 03:31 PM

Tam. That's heavy. I thought of your daughter when I posted that video. You and I must be on the same wavelength.

Positive vibrations,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM

I never met Barry Finn but I am saddened by his sudden passing and the sudden passing before him of Malcolm Douglas who I also "met" through reading his Mudcat posts.

I believe that I posted a link to this song before, but feel like doing so again-with my sincerest respect for Barry and Malcolm, and for others who have passed on -regardless of their spiritual beliefs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSu6UtVImrQ&feature=related

"Lord Keep Me Day By Day" (also known as "A Building Not Made By Hand")-Albertina Walker


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 11:19 AM

Children Go Where I Send Thee (especially done by Joe and Eddie as a medley with Elijah Rock)

Go Down Moses


Samson and Delilah (not technically a religious song)


I Am a Pilgrim


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 05:21 PM

oh yeah,


Turn Turn Turn


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST,azizi
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 09:33 AM

Here's a link to a post that I published on my pancocojams cultural blog: Gospel By Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, & Tramaine Hawkins

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/03/gospel-by-walter-hawkins-edwin-hawkins.html

That blog post features videos or song files of the following songs by the Hawkins family:

Oh Happy Days
Changed
Never Alone
Going Away
Goin Up Yonder


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: 2581
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 11:36 AM

My all-time favorite spiritual song is "Wayfarin' Stranger", which has been mentioned by a couple of posters. It has been sung by literally hundreds of artists. Some of my favorite performances are by Johnny Cash, Doc & Merle Watson, Dolly Parton, Red Molly, The Crooked Jades, Tim O'Brien, Tim Buckley, Natalie Merchant, Jack White, Joan Baez & Mimi Farina, and Emmylou Harris. However, the two best performances I've ever heard are by Isaac Guillory & Darrell Scott. See them below:

Isaac Guillory live version

Darrell Scott live version


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: 2581
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 11:46 AM

Another excellent gospel song - which I haven't seen mentioned in this thread - is "I Am The Man, Thomas". Excellent versions have been performed by Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Larry Sparks, Newfound Road, and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, among others.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 03:02 AM

Thanks so much for this wonderful thread!


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: BK Lick
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 06:20 PM

Laurel -- here's what you were looking for all those years ago:
Kathy Kallick's "Center Of The World"
It's on the 1986 Good Ol' Persons album Part Of A Story


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: deepdoc1
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 08:06 PM

I think we ignore our spiritual side at our peril, and I embrace the quest for meaning, but I do balk at the kinds "religiosity" that provide the one answer.
In that vein, I like Tom Russells "Guadalupe".
Stephanie Davis "Wolves" speaks to the place where hard lives intersect with hope and the unknown.
Add another for Iris DeMents "Let The Mystery Be".
Gove Scrivenors "I'll Fly Away" is a rollicking good gospel number with a little Doc Watson help.
"Fifty Niles Of Elbow Room" as sung by Red Clay Ramblers.
"I Betcha Heaven's On A Dirt Road" by Larry Jon Wilson (RIP).

Lot's of good musical memories here. I remember alot of these numbers from growing up in a relifious household.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: kendall
Date: 18 Mar 13 - 09:05 AM

I can't think of one.


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Subject: RE: Religious Songs That Speak To You
From: Kim C
Date: 18 Mar 13 - 09:44 AM

How Can I Keep From Singing


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