Song Challenge Day 5

Today’s challenge is a song that reminds of someone.  When I was little my Daddy used to sing Come Thou Fount (Warrenton) as a lullaby. This is not the version of  Come Thou Fount that is usually sung. It is the version from the Sacred Harp.

Come Thou Fount (Warrenton)

Verse 1

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.

Chorus

I am bound for the kingdom,
Will you go to glory with me?
Hallelujah, praise the Lord.

Verse 2

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope by Thy good pleausre
Safely to arrive at home.

Chorus

I am bound for the kingdom,
Will you go to glory with me?
Hallelujah, praise the Lord.

Verse 3O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.

Chorus

I am bound for the kingdom,
Will you go to glory with me?
Hallelujah, praise the Lord.

Sacred Harp Singing or shape-note singing is a form of traditional signing that has its roots in the singing schools found in the colonial days.  Singings or schools are open to all interested parties regardless of experience or age. Any participant is welcome to lead a song.   It is 4-part a capella style music.  The signers sit in a hollow square. The leader stands in the center. It is usually beat or lead with a simple up/down pattern.  Also, the songs are usually sung through once before actually singing it. The documentary Awake My Soul features the history and tradition of Sacred Harp Singing.

 

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