‘Oh, Sinner Man!’

No hymn requests came in yesterday, so I had to resort to my favorites. This is one of them: a Caribbean spiritual, Oh, Sinner Man, transported to the cold waters off Scotland–and it’s wonderful.

‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’

Here’s another one we used to sing in school before the Supreme Court decided that America’s children have to be protected from Jesus Christ. It’s only gotten worse since then.

Every Time I Feel the Spirit–sung by Nat King Cole with the First Church of Deliverance Choir.

By Request, ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’ (Mahalia Jackson–Wow!)

We sang this spiritual in school, back before they outlawed the word of God. But we didn’t sing it like Mahalia Jackson!

Requested by Phoebe, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho–and on the Nat King Cole Show, no less, in 1957. You get two greats for the price of one.

By Request, ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

I’ve been on the road for, oh, hours today–general store, laundry, liquor store, take Patty’s car in to the shop, bank… and supermarket. It won’t be easy to catch up on my work.

But first a hymn!

Requested by “Thewhiterabbit,” Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, sung by the immortal Etta James, with background sets by God the Father. We used to sing this song at Y Camp. Still brings a tear to my eye–but it’s a good tear, and I don’t begrudge it.

By Request, ‘Were You There?’

Phoebe asked for this Lenten spiritual, Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)? I chose this rendition by Johnny Cash.

There’s a brief movie clip I’m trying to find for you, from The Robe; and now we’ve got some hymn requests stacked up, so no fear of running out of supply.

By Request, ‘Go Down, Moses’

Would you believe it? We used to sing this song at Y Camp. Not allowed anymore, of course. They have to protect us from the Bible.

Requested by Phoebe: Go Down, Moses, sung by the immortal Louis Armstrong.

By Request, ‘Go Down, Moses’

Phoebe asked for this classic spiritual, and we’re happy to oblige. Gee, I remember singing this at Y Camp sing-along–Go Down, Moses. “Down to Egypt-land… Tell old Pharaoh, Let my people go.” I think this rendition by Louis Armstrong is the most popular one. (Sorry–couldn’t find one with more verses.)

Hey, everybody–time to fill the hymn-cart again!

‘Oh, Sinner Man!’

Take a spiritual from the Caribbean, transplant it to the cold waters and bleak Western coasts of Scotland–and you’ll get something like this. Oh, Sinner Man! Where You Gonna Run To? asks a question that isn’t easy to answer.

‘There’s No Hiding Place Down Here’

Here’s a spiritual for you, by the Original Carter Family–There’s No Hiding Place Down Here. This is plain, this is simple; this is raw. But that’s how God’s Word is, sometimes.

‘Climbing Jacob’s Ladder’

Jacob’s ladder, in his dream, united heaven and earth.

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, is here arranged and performed by Bernice Johnson Reagon.