Monday, January 11, 2010

Sacred Harp Singing

I have simply fallen in love with the sacred harp style of singing, it is simply glorious. The way it works is the song beings by singing the notes (each has a different shape) so you will hear the people singing "So, Fa, La, La, La, Mi, Fa..." then once we have gone through the song singing it we sing the words in place of the notes.

This song is called "I'm Going Home" #282 in the Sacred Harp book. We sang it yesterday:

The words are:

1.Farewell, vain world! I'm going home! My Savior smiles and bids me come, And I don't care to stay here long!

Sweet angels beckon me away, To sing God's praise in endless day, And I don't care to stay here long!

Right up yonder, Christians, away up yonder, O, yes, my Lord, for I don't care to stay here long.

2. I'm glad that I am born to die, from grief and woe my soul shall fly, and I don't care to stay here long!

Bright angels shall convey me home, Away to New Jerusalem, And I don't care to stay here long!

Right up yonder, Christians, away up yonder, O, yes, my Lord, for I don't care to stay here long.

Bridgewater #276


Words:

From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Redeemer's praise arise
Let the redeemer's name be sung Through every land by every tongue.

I love this music and really want to sing it more

2 comments:

Hannah said...

I love "I'm Going Home". First heard it in the movie Cold Mountain. You all sang it beautifully. Are you the one directing the singing?

Bob said...

Oh no that's not me, I just found that on youtube. Our big sing is coming up in a little over a month, it's the New England Sacred Harp convention, 2 days, it's going to be glorious. Once you start singing sacred harp you really get hooked.