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Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle, Essays.
"The Opera"
(Inspiration, Peaceful)
 

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   1.  All Night, All Day – Negro Spiritual 1

2.  All Through the Night - Wales. 1

3.  An Irish Blessing - Ireland. 1

4.  Dem Bones (Gonna Rise Again) – Negro Spiritual 1

5.  Do Lord – Everett George Washington. 3

6.  Hindi Song - India. 3

7.  I've Got the Joy In My Heart – George W. Cooke. 3

8.  Joy is Like the Rain – Miriam Theresa Winter. 4

9.  Kum-by-ya (3-Part Song)

10.  Let There Be Peace on Earth – Sy Miller & Jill Jackson. 4

11.  Lord of the Dance – Sydney Carter. 4

12.  Love Round (4-Part Round) 5

13.  Michael, Row the Boat Ashore – Negro Spiritual 5

14.  Morning Has Broken – Old Gaelic. 6

15.  Peace, I Ask Of Thee O River – Viola Wood. 6

16.  Quietly – Sue Stevens. 6

17.  Sing Hosanna! 7

18.  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (3-Part Song) – Negro Spiritual 7

19.  Who Did?. 7

 

 

Some songs you may know:

  He’s Got the Whole World

  Kum-ba-Ya

  Jacob’s Ladder

 

List 5 other songs you could use for your Spiritual Song.

 

 

Song Title

Composer

Source

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2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

Some of my favourites:

 

1.  All Night, All Day – Negro Spiritual

 

Chorus:       

All night, all day

Angels watching over me my Lord

All night, all day

Angels watching over me

 

As I lay me down to sleep

Angels watching over me my Lord

Pray the lord my soul to keep

Angels watching over me


If I die before I wake

Angels watching over me my Lord

Pray the Lord my soul to take

Angels watching over me

 

Sleep my child and peace attend thee

All through the night

Guardian angels, God will send thee

All through the night

 

Soft the drowsy hours are creeping

Hill and vale in slumber sleeping

I my loving vigil keeping

All through the night

 

While the moon her watch is keeping

All through the night

While the weary world is sleeping

All through the night

 

O'er thy spirit gently stealing

Visions of delight revealing

Breathes a pure and holy feeling

All through the night

 

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sunshine warm upon your face,

The rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again someday,

May God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

May the memories that we have shared linger on and on.

 

4.  Dem Bones (Gonna Rise Again) – Negro Spiritual


The Lord He thought He'd make a man
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
So he took a little water and he took a little sand
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Chorus:       

I know it know it, indeed I know it brother

I know it - whee! - dem bones are gonna rise again

Now Adam he was terribly blue
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
He didn't know exactly what to do
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

So the lord took a rib from Adam’s side
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And He made Miss Eve to be his bride
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

He put them in a garden fair
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
He thought they'd be most happy there
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Apples, peaches, pears and such
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
But of this tree you must not touch
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Now Eve took a walk by the tree one day
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And a serpent popped up in her way
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

"Now, Eve, this fruit tastes mighty fine"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
"Just take one, the lord won't mind"

(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

So Eve took a pick and then took a pull
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And then she filled her apron full
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Now Adam and Eve they tried to hide
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
But the lord looked down, and them he spied
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

"Now Adam you must leave this place"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
"And earn your livin' by the sweat of your face"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

So Adam took a pick and then took a plow
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And that's why we're all workin' now!
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

 

5.  Do Lord – Everett George Washington

 

Chorus:          

Do Lord, O do Lord, O do remember me,

Do Lord, O do Lord, O do remember me,

Do Lord, O do Lord, O do remember me,

Way beyond the blue.

I've got a home in Glory Land, that outshines the Sun
Outshines the Sun; Yes, outshines the Sun.
I've got a home in Glory Land, that outshines the Sun
Way beyond the blue.

I took my Jesus as my Savior, you take Him too,
I took my Jesus as my Savior, you take Him too,
I took my Jesus as my Savior, you take Him too,
While He's calling you!

 

Kis nay ban a ya phool o ko, phool o ko, phool o ko?

Kis nay ban a ya phool o ko? 

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.

 

Who made the flowers red and white?  Red and white?  Red and white?

Who made the flowers red and white?  God who is in heaven!

 

Kis nay ban a ya cherry o ko, cherry o ko, cherry o ko?

Kis nay ban a ya cherry o ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.

 

Who made the birds to fly on high?  Fly on high?  Fly on high?

Who made the birds to fly on high?  God who is in heaven.

 

Kis nay ban a ya machlyo ko, machlyo ko, machlyo ki?

Kis nay ban a ya machlyo ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.

 

Who made the fish to swim in the sea?  Swim in the sea?  Swim in the sea?

Who made the fish to swim in the sea?  God who is in heaven.

Kis nay ban a ya tharo ko, tharo ko, tharo ko?

Kis nay ban a ya tharo ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.

 

Who made the stars to shine above?  Shine above?  Shine above.

Who made the stars to shine above?

God who is in heaven.

 

Kis nay ban a ya thoom ko mooch ko, thoom ko mooch ko, thoom ko mooch ko?

Kis nay ban a ya thoom ko mooch ko?

Ee shwar jo swarg may nay.

 

Who made you and who made me?  You and me?  You and me?

Who made you and who made me?  God who is in heaven.

 

7.  I've Got the Joy In My Heart – George W. Cooke

 

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart

Where?  Down in my heart!

Where?  Down in my heart!

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart

Down in my heart to stay

 

Chorus:       

And I'm so happy

So very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

Down in my heart

And I'm so happy

So very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart.

 

I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart

Where?  Down in my heart!

Where?  Down in my heart!

I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart

Where?  Down in my heart to stay.

 

I've got the peace that passes understanding

Down in my heart!

Where?  Down in my heart!

Where?  Down in my heart!

I've got the peace that passes understanding

Down in my heart!

Where?  Down in my heart to stay

 

And if the Devil doesn't like it

He can sit on a tack!  Ouch!

Sit on a tack!  Ouch!

Sit on a tack!

And if the Devil doesn't like it

He can sit on a tack!  Ouch!

Sit on a tack to stay!

 

8.  Joy is Like the Rain – Miriam Theresa Winter

 

I saw raindrops on my window, Joy is like the rain.

Laughter runs across my pane, slips away and comes again,

Joy is like the rain.

 

I saw clouds upon a mountain, Joy is like a cloud.

Sometimes silver, sometimes gray,

Always sun not far away.

Joy is like a cloud.

 

I saw Christ in wind and thunder, Joy is tried by storm.

Christ asleep within my boat, Whipped by wind yet still afloat,

Joy is tried by storm.

 

I saw raindrops on the river, Joy is like the rain.

Bit by bit the river grows, till all at once it overflows,

Joy is like the rain.

 

Part 1 

Kum-by ya, my Lord Kum-by-a.

 

Part 2 

Kum-by-a, Kum-by-a

 

Part 3 

Somebody’s crying, Lord.  Kum-by-ya

Somebody’s crying, Lord.  Kum-by-ya

 

Everyone:  Singing rain, wind, fire, Lord.  Kum-by-ya.           

 

Somebody’s praying …..

Somebody’s singing …..

Somebody’s caring …..

 

10.  Let There Be Peace on Earth Sy Miller & Jill Jackson

 

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.


Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow:

To live each moment and love each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

 

 

I danced in the morning when the world was begun

And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,

And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,

At Bethlehem I had my birth.

 

Chorus:       

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance said he,

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,

But they would not dance and they would not follow me,

I danced for the fisherman, for James and John,

They came with me and the dance went on.

 

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame.

The holy people said it was a shame.

They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,

And they left me there on a cross to die.

 

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black

It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back;

They buried my body and they thought I’d gone

But I am the dance and I still go on.

 

They cut me down and I leap up high:

I am the life that’ll never die;

I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

 

12.  Love Round (4-Part Round)

 

Love, love, love, love

Christians this is your call

Love your neighbour as yourself

For God loves us all.

 

Jesus, Jesus,

Let me tell you how I feel

You have given me your riches

I love you so

 

13.  Michael, Row the Boat Ashore Negro Spiritual

 

Michael, row the boat ashore, alleluia!

Michael, row the boat ashore, alleluia!

 

Sister, help to trim the sails, alleluia!

Sister, help to trim the sails, alleluia!

 

River Jordan is chilly and cold, alleluia!

Chills the body but not the soul, alleluia!

 

River Jordan is deep and wide, alleluia!

Milk and honey on the other side, alleluia!


14.  Morning Has Broken – Old Gaelic

 

Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for the springing fresh from the Word!

 

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven

Like the first dewfall, on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

 

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning

Born of the one light, Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise every morning

God's recreation of the new day!

 

15.  Peace, I Ask Of Thee O RiverViola Wood

 

Peace I ask of thee, O river, peace, peace, peace.

When I learn to live serenely, cares will cease.

From the hills I gather courage, vision of the day to be,

Strength to lead and faith to follow, all are given unto me.

Peace I ask of thee, O river, peace, peace, peace.

 

16.  Quietly Sue Stevens

 

Quietly in the morning, Quietly when dawn is near,

Quietly in the sunrise, Quietly God is there.

 

Chorus:       

Listen for God in quietness, Listen and you may hear.

Listen for God in stillness, Listen for God is there.

 

Quietly in the springtime, Quietly when leave appear,

Quietly in the greenness, Quietly God is there.

 

Quietly in the evening, Quietly when stars appear,

Quietly in the stillness, Quietly God is there.

 

Quietly we are gathered, Quietly for night is near,

Quietly close beside us, Quietly God is there.


17.  Sing Hosanna!

 

Give me oil for my lamp, keep it burning

Give me oil for my lamp I pray

Give me oil for my lamp, keep it burning

Keep it burning till the light of day

 

Chorus:       

Sing Hosanna, sing Hosanna

Sing Hosanna till the break of day

Sing Hosanna, sing Hosanna

Sing Hosanna till the break of day

 

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Give me joy in my heart I pray

Give me joy in my heart keep me praising

Keep me praising till the break of day


Give me peace in my heart keep me resting

Give me peace in my heart I pray

Give me peace in my heart keep me resting

Keep me resting till the break of day


Give me love in my heart keep me serving

Give me love in my heart I pray

Give me love in my heart keep me serving

Keep me serving till the break of day

 

18.  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (3-Part Song) – Negro Spiritual

 

Chorus:       

Swing low, sweet chariot, comin' for to carry me home;

Swing low, sweet chariot, comin' for to carry me home.

 

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,

Comin' for to carry me home;

A band of angels coming after me,

Comin' for to carry me home.

 

If you get to heaven before I do,

Comin' for to carry me home;

Just tell all my friends that I'm a-coming too,

Comin' for to carry me home.

 

I'm sometimes up and sometimes down,

Comin' for to carry me home;

But still my soul feels heavenly bound,

Comin' for to carry me home.


I've never been to heaven, but I've been told,

Comin' for to carry me home;

That the streets in heaven are paved with gold,

Comin' for to carry me home. 

 

19.  Who Did?

 

Who did, who did, who did, who did
Who did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did, who did, who did, who did
Who did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did, who did, who did, who did
Who did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did swallow Jonah, who did swallow Jonah
Who did swallow Jonah down?

Whale did, whale did, whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did, whale did, whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did, whale did, whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did swallow Jonah, whale did swallow Jonah

Whale did swallow Jonah down

Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel
Gabriel blow your Trum, trum, trum, trum
Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel
Gabriel blow your Trum, trum, trum, trum
Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel
Gabriel blow your Trum, trum, trum, trum
Gabriel blow your trumpet, Gabriel blow your trumpet
Gabriel blow your trumpet loud.

Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah
Noah in the arky, arky
Noah, Noah,
 
Noah, Noah
Noah in the arky, arky
Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah
Noah in the arky, arky
Noah in the arky, Noah in the arky
Noah in the arky bailed.

Daniel, Daniel, Daniel, Daniel
Daniel in the Li, li, li, li
Daniel, Daniel, Daniel, Daniel
Daniel in the Li, li, li, li
Daniel, Daniel, Daniel, Daniel
Daniel in the Li, li, li, li
Daniel in the lion's, Daniel in the lion's
Daniel in the lion's den.

Music expresses feelings and thoughts,
without language; it was below and before speech,
and it is above and beyond all words. - Robert G. Ingersoll