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66. Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Every time I feel the Spirit
moving in my heart I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit
moving in my heart I will pray.

1 Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke,
out of God's mouth came fire and smoke.
Looked all around me, it looked so fine,
till I asked my Lord if all was mine. [Refrain]

2 Jordan River, chilly and cold,
it chills the body but not the soul.
There is but one train upon this track.
It runs to heaven and then right back. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke
Title: Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Exodus 19:16-18; Luke 11:13
Topic: Freedom; God's Covenant with Israel; Prayer
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Every time I feel the Spirit
Tune Information
Arranger: Joseph T. Jones (20th cent.)
Adapter: Melva Wilson Costen (1989)
Meter: Irregular
Key: D Major
Source: African American spiritual

Text Information:

Like many African American spirituals, this one mixes the language of biblical narrative with veiled but effective allusions to the hope of escape from slavery, either by crossing rivers into free states or by participating in organized efforts like the Underground Railroad.

Audio recording: Audio (MP3)
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