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Lyr Req: How Long Has It Been (Mosie Lister)

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Subject: Lyr Req: How Long Has It Been--
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Mar 03 - 11:32 PM

Can anyone out there send me the lyrics to the old gospel song --How long has It Been. Thank you and may God help us through these dark times!


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN (Mosie Lister)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 12:35 AM

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN
By Mosie Lister

How long has it been since you talked to the Lord,
And told Him your heart's hidden secrets?
How long since you prayed? How long since you stayed
On your knees 'til the light shone through?
How long has it been since your mind felt at ease?
How long since your heart knew no burden?
Can you call Him your friend?
How long has it been
Since you knew that He cared for you?

How long has it been since you knelt by your bed,
And prayed to the Lord up in Heaven?
How long since you knew that He'd answer you,
And would keep you the long night through?
How long has it been since you woke with the dawn,
And felt that the day's worth the living?
Can you call Him your friend?
How long has it been
Since you knew that He cared for you?

(SOURCE: Gospel's Best, Hal Leonard, p. 105)

~Masato


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Subject: Origins: How Long Has It Been--
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 01:31 AM

I appreciate the lyrics to the song "How Long Has It Been", I forgot to ask for any information about the origin, year published, etc. Thanks
I moved this message here from another thread on the same topic. We try not to have multiple threads on the same song.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: How Long Has It Been--
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 01:41 AM

© 1956 by Lillenas Publishing Co.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: How Long Has It Been--
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 01:43 AM

Here's a biography of Mosie Lister from the Gospel Music Association.
Lister, Mosie      
Born in Cochran, Georgia, Mosie Lister became interested in writing at an early age, influenced by his parents who sang in the church choir. They attempted to teach Mosie to sing but discovered that he was tone deaf. He began to study the violin in the eighth grade and this aided his ability to distinguish pitches, and by the age of 17 he was studying harmony and composition, his tone deafness having disappeared...After a tour with the Navy in World War II, in which he studied engineering under the V-12 program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lister entered Middle Georgia College where he majored in English, studied harmony, counterpoint and arranging for piano and organ...His first serious writing was done for gospel groups that sang in Atlanta in the late 1940's. Professional gospel groups that performed early Lister songs were the Statesmen, the Blackwoods, the Blue Ridge Quartet, the Jordanaires and the LeFevres. In 1948 the Statesmen employed Mosie as an arranger, and in this capacity he introduced a number of new sounds to gospel quartet singing, including the harmony which is used extensively today...Mosie Lister's most-used songs include the following titles: "How Long Has It Been?" "Then I Met The Master," "Where No One Stands Alone," "'Til the Storm Passes By," "The King And I," "I've Been Changed," "I'm Feeling Fine." They have been recorded by such soloists as George Beverly Shea, Jimmy Davis, Elvis Presley, Porter Waggoner, Webb Pierce, Connie Smith, as well as practically all the gospel quartets...From 1953 until late 1969, the songs of Mosie Lister were published under the banner of Mosie Lister Publications, in Tampa, Florida, where he has lived since 1956...A devoted Christian in his personal life as well as in his occupation, Mosie is an ordained deacon at the Riverside Baptist Church of Tampa, where he also finds time to teach a college age Sunday school class and direct the church choir...Their twin daughters, Brenda and Barbara, now both married, Mosie and Wylene, with their toy schnauzer, are now the sole occupants of the home in the carrollwood section of Tampa...In October 1969, Mosie Lister Publications merged with the Lillenas Publishing Company of Kansas City, MO., one of the oldest and largest publishers of music in the evangelical field. This has proved to be a very gratifying association and has freed Mosie from the responsibilities of publishing and distribution, allowing him more time for creative work.
Click here for a photo of Mosie.
Click here for infomation about the Statesmen Quartet.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: How Long Has It Been--
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Sep 06 - 02:54 PM

How long has it been since you talked to the Lord,
And told Him your heart's hidden secrets?
How long since you prayed? How long since you stayed
On your knees 'til the light shone through?
How long has it been since your mind felt at ease?
How long since your heart knew no burden?
Can you call Him your friend?
How long has it been
Since you knew that He cared for you?

How long has it been since you knelt by your bed,
And prayed to the Lord up in Heaven?
How long since you knew that He'd answer you,
And would keep you the long night through?
How long has it been since you woke with the dawn,
And felt that the day's worth the living?
Can you call Him your friend?
How long has it been
Since you knew that He cared for you?


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