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GUEST,Louis Lee 29 Jan 01 - 03:56 AM
Dani 29 Jan 01 - 08:21 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 29 Jan 01 - 09:56 AM
Sorcha 29 Jan 01 - 10:08 AM
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Subject: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: GUEST,Louis Lee
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 03:56 AM

Dear Sirs,

Would you please help me to find the complete lyric of EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT which version sung by Marian Anderson.

Thanks

Louis Lee llee@active.com.hk




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Subject: ADD: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: Dani
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 08:21 AM

Don't know about Marian Anderson's, but is this what you're looking for?

EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT

CHORUS:
Every time I feel the Spirit
Moving in my heart I will pray (2x)

Upon the mountain my God spoke
O'er the mount (OR from his mouth) came fire and smoke
All around me looked so fine
I asked my God if all was mine

Chorus

Jordan's River is chilly and cold
It chills the body but not the soul
There ain't but one train on this track
Runs to heaven and right back

Chorus


My hymnal gives it as "African American spiritual c. 1750-1875"

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 09:56 AM

What a coincedence- I just arrived at school to find that my order of Dawson's classic arrangement of this song for mixed chorus had arrived! It has just the 2 verses Dani cited. I've never heard the Marion Anderson recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 10:08 AM

I thought I did this not too long ago, Previous thread Still not the Marian Anderson version, if it is very different...........but more lyrics than above, and the link in this thread has chords.


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Subject: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Sep 01 - 06:30 PM

See also:

Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Heritage Songster

Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Let's All Sing

Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Arr. William Dawson, Music Press - Tuskegee Institute, Al; No. T117, Choral Sheet Music

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EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
Traditional Negro Spiritual

REFRAIN:
Everytime I feel the Spirit
Moving in my heart, I will pray
Everytime I feel the Spirit
Moving in my heart, I will pray

Upon the mountain my Lord He spoke
Out of His mouth came fire and smoke

O Jordan river, chilly and cold
Chills the body, but not the soul

All around me it looked so shine
I asked my Lord if all was mine


SOURCE :
Park New Choir, http://parknewchoir.free.fr/

@spirituals

SH


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: GUEST,dunhariandja@yahoo.com
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 06:28 AM

fantastic lyric! great song. I would be glad if i can get this choral arranggement.
thank you.

Dunan
West Java
Indonesia


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 09:34 AM

Greetings, GUEST dunhariandja

Unfortunately I don't know how to do choral arrangements. But as an African American I grew up singing this song. However, the words we sang were not the same as all of the lyrics presented above.

Since I was curious to see if there were other versions on this song on the Internet, I did a google search and basically found the same verses as shown here with one additional verse that my church also didn't sing.

Instead of singing "All around me it looked so shine/I asked my Lord if all was mine", we sang " If you don't believe I've been redeemed/just follow me down to Jordan stream".

I found this other verse on http://www.negrospirituals.com/news-song/every_time_i_feel_the_spirit2.htm
Ain't but one train runs dis track
It runs to Heaven an' runs right back
Saint Peter waitin' at de gate
Says, "Come on sinner, don't be late".

Instead of singing this, sometimes we sang "I went to the valley but I didn't go to stay/my soul got happy and I stayed all day".

Also my church did not add a "He" to the line "Upon the mountain my Lord spoke.." And sometimes instead of saying "Oh everytime I feel the spirit", people would sing "Yes, everytime..etc".

All of this to say that I encourage you to not be restrained by the words as presented here or anywhere. Traditionally, spirituals are not supposed to be sung the same way each time. Rigid adherance to any choruses {African Americans'term for "refrain"} or verses of spirituals is not in the true spirit of the genre.

While this is true, school and church taught us that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. With regard to music, it's a hard lesson to unlearn and I'm still trying to do so.

Peace,
Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 10:35 AM

For a knock-yoursocks-off vocal arrangement, listen to what the Golden Gate Quartet did with this one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHG5Z2jcTnE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Dani
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 12:42 PM

I have a neat contemporary version by a group whose name completely escapes me. Neither Amazon nor BN seems to have it now; I'll check when I get home.

And, Azizi, I'm so happy that you're here. Some of us who were NOT raised in the tradition but truly love the music welcome your thoughts and knowledge!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: masato sakurai
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 01:00 PM

Dani, isn't it Deep River - Blind Boys of Alabama ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Dani
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 03:07 PM

Nope, it's some recent group. I'll look tonight when I get home.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 06:26 PM

A memorable spiritual!
The Cleveland Index lists Fenner, p. 169, for this song, but it does not appear in his edition of 1874. It must have been added in one of the editions after Fenner died (1891, 1909). The 1927 edition by Dett has the lyrics posted by WYSIWYG, but her last verse is the second.
R. N. Dett, 1927 (1972), "Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro as sung at Hampton Institute," p. 169 with music.
Scarborough included it in her "On the Trail of Negro Folk Songs."
In "Songs of Zion," the 'train' verse is added, but not the 'St. Peter.'
Ballanta-Taylor included it in her spirituals from St. Helena.

It would be interesting to see other verses, such as the 'redeemed' verse posted by Azizi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 07:04 PM

BTW, I want to publically say "You welcome" to Dani and others on other threads who have thanked me for sharing my recollections of African American spirituals.

Sharing information is what folk music lovers do {or should do}.
I'm certainly learning alot from folks here, and I'm grateful for the opportunities for learning that everyday brings.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Dani
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 08:09 AM

Here's a link to info on the recording I have. It's weird: not much info on the liner notes, but this website is VERY interesting. It also gives detailed notes on their arrangements! Apparently the band is Acappella. The liner notes say this was arranged by John Green, but then give a copyright to "1993 Anthony K. Music/ASCAP."

Have fun!

http://www.acadisc.com/spirituals1.htm

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: masato sakurai
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 12:30 PM

The "redeemed" verse appears in this version of "Wade in the Water."

4.        If you don't believe I've been redeemed,
        God's a-gonna trouble the water.
        Just follow me down to Jordan's stream,
        God's a-gonna trouble the water.

And in "Free At Last" (this version).

All I know, is I've been redeemed, thank God Almighty we're free at last, Just follow me down to Jordan stream......Thank God Almighty we're free at last.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 02:27 PM

Direct link to the site posted by Dani: Spirituals acappella
Would like to hear these. Recommendations?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: masato sakurai
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 06:39 PM

A 30-second clip (from Acappella Spirituals) is HERE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 07:57 PM

I looked through their website, and they have a number of sound clips. I suppose the music is to the younger folks taste.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 12:22 PM

Did anyone follow up the URL given in the first message? Here is a description of The Park New Choir, which I translated from their website:
    Since 1948, there has been a choral society of Negro spirituals at the Lycée du Parc [Park College] in Lyon [France]. Created by Louis T. Achille [an African-American], then English professor in this establishment, it was first called English Chorale, then Park Glee Club, and finally Park New Choir.

    Its raison d'être? Many people of Lyon want to sing Negro spirituals, not only because this music is beautiful, but also to perpetuate in our time the traditions of the Blacks who were exploited for more than two centuries. For us [spirituals are] a call to vigilance against all forms of segregation and control of men. While the religious message of these songs brings an additional dimension, Park New Choir is a nondenominational choral society, in which everyone is free to find in Negro spirituals the meaning that is appropriate to him.

    Each week, the choral society rehearses on the campus of the College, according to rules that make it possible for all to take part in our music: we do not use partitions [I don't know what this means], no audition is required, and participation in the rehearsals and the concerts is open to everyone.
I am repeatedly amazed by how much cross-cultural spread of traditions occurs in the world, something I would not have been aware of without the Internet. I expect this kind of thing in the US, being a nation of immigrants and all, but in France? The website doesn't say, but I wonder if Mr. Achille first visited France as a soldier in WW2?

I searched the Forum for "Park New Choir" and found that WYSIWYG is the only person who has mentioned them, but she has mentioned them many times, often crediting them as a source for lyrics. They do have an excellent website (in French, but the lyrics are in English). Thanks, Susan, for bringing them to my attention.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 10:19 PM

The third verse:

Oh I have trials and I have woes,
And I have heartaches here below,
But while God leads me, I'll never fear,
For I am sheltered by all His care.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 10:09 PM

Anderson's words not yet posted in their entirety, but perhaps someone will transcribe them from her singing on 'youtube'.


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Subject: ADD Version: Every Time I Feel The Spirit
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 09:00 PM

EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT

Every time I feel the spirit
            Movin' in my heart I will pray
            Every time I feel the spirit
            Movin' in my heart I will pray

      Verse
            Up on the mountains my Lord spoke
            Out of His mouth came fire and smoke
            Looked all around me, it looked so fine
            I asked the Lord could it be mine

       Chorus

       Verse
            The Jordan river is chilly and cold.
            It chills the body but not the soul.
            There aint but one train upon this track.
            It runs to heaven and then right back.

       Chorus

       Verse
            Oh, I have sorrow and I have woe
            I have heartaches here below
            But while God leads me I'll never fear
            For I know that He is near


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Subject: ADD Version: Every Time I Feel The Spirit
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 08:09 PM

EBERY TIME I FEELS DE SPIRIT
Saint Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina

Eb'ry time I feels de spirit
movin' in muh heart
I will pray.

1
Up on de mountain muh Lawd spoke
Out ob his mout' came fire and smoke.
2
Jerdan ribbuh is chilly an' col'
Chills de body but not de soul.
3
Dere ain't but one train runs dis track
Run to heben an' run right back.
4
All around me look so shine
I ax muh Lawd ef all wuz mine.

No. 107, p. 88, with musical score.

Nicholas George Julius Ballanta-(Taylor), 1924, Saint Helena Island Spirituals, copyright Penn Normal, Industrial and Agricultural School. G. Schirmer, New York.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Every Time I Feel The Spirit
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 10:02 PM

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Every Time I Feel the Spirit

DESCRIPTION: "Every time I feel the Spirit Moving in my heart, I will pray." The singer sees God speaking with fire and smoke, asks to be part of it, and is confident in God's care
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Dett, p. 169, "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 169 in the 1909 edition)
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 257, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (1 text)
Warren-Spirit, p. 32, "Ev'ry TIme I Feel the Spirit" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 360, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (1 text)

Roud #12358
RECORDINGS:
Marian Anderson, "Ev'ry Time I Feel de Spirit" [medley with "No Hiding Place"] (Victor 2032, 1940)
Birmingham Jubilee Quartet, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Columbia 14176-D, 1926)
Famous Garland Jubilee Singers, "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" (Banner 32433/Romeo 5135, 1932; Conqueror 8358 [as Bryant's Jubilee Singers]; rec. 1931)
Fisk University Jubilee Singers, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Columbia 562-D, 1926)
Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, "Everytime That I Feel the Spirit" (Bluebird B-8328/Montgomery Ward M-8776, 1940; rec. 1939)
Golden Leaf Quartet, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Brunswick 7050, 1929, rec. 1928)
Rev. H. B. Jackson, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (OKeh 8804, 1930; rec. 1929)
C. Mae Frierson Moore, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Paramount 12323, 1925)
Morehouse Quartet, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (OKeh 40268, 1925; rec. 1923)
Norfolk Jubilee Quartette, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Paramount 12268, 1925)
Pace Jubilee Singers, "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" (Victor V-38019, 1929)
Plantation Jubilee Singers, "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" (Supertone 9300, 1929)
Richmond's Harmonizing Four, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Decca 48108, rec. 1943)
James Garfield Smalls, "Singing is Good/Ebrytime I Feel de Sperit" (on USSeaIsland03)
Stalsby Family, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" (Decca 5866, 1940)

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The Digital Tradition calls this song "Every Time I Hear the Spirit," and I haven't found a version of the song with that title. Here are the DT lyrics:


EVERY TIME I HEAR THE SPIRIT

cho: Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart I will pray.
    Yes, Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart I will pray.

Up on the mountain my Lord spoke.
Out of His mouth came fire and smoke.
Looked all around me.It looked so fine till
I asked my Lord if all were mine.

The Jordan river is chilly and cold.
It chills the body but not the soul.
There aint but one train upon this track.
It runs to heaven and right back.

@spiritual
filename[ EVRYTIME
Feb07


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Subject: ADD Version: Every Time I Feel The Spirit
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 10:19 PM

The original post in this thread asked for the Marian Anderson lyrics. Here's my transcription from the YouTube link shown below. I imagine that Anderson recorded this song several times, so she may have recorded various lyrics through her life.

EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT

CHORUS:
Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart, I will pray.
Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart, I will pray.

On the mountain, my Lord spoke,
Out of his mouth came fire and smoke,
In the valley, on my knees,
Asked my Lord: "Have mercy, please."
CHORUS

Jordan River, is chilly an' cold,
It chills the body but not the soul
All around me, looks so fine,
Asked my Lord, if all was mine.
CHORUS

Marian Anderson recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj2j1vId0j4


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