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Clap Your Hands (Owens)

Clap your hands all you people

Paraphraser: Jimmy Owens (1972)
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Paraphraser: Jimmy Owens

Owens, James Lloyd (Jimmy). (Clarksdale, Mississippi, December 9, 1930-- ). Foursquare. Attended Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.; Southwestern College, Memphis, Tennessee; Cathedral School of the Bible, Oakland, California; Cabot College, San Leandro, Calif. Minister of Music, The Neighborhood Church, Oakland, Calif., 1951-1966; Minister of Music, United Community Church, Glendale, Calif., 1966-1968; Minister of Music, Anaheim Christian Center (now Melodyland Christian Center), Anaheim, Calif., 1968-1969. With his wife Carol, Owens has composed four Christian musicals. He has recorded several albums. --Terry W. York, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Clap your hands all you people
Title: Clap Your Hands (Owens)
Paraphraser: Jimmy Owens (1972)
Meter: Irregular
Copyright: Text and music © 1972, Lexicon Music, Inc. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.


Scripture References:
st. = Ps. 47:1

This jubilant setting of Psalm 47:1 is coupled with hosannas from Psalm 118:25. "Clap Your Hands" comes from the tradition of scripture-verse singing, a practice revived in the second half of the twentieth century, especially among American and British evangelical Christians. Jimmy Owens paraphrased the psalm texts and set them to music in 1972. It was published that year by Lexicon Music, Inc., as part of "Come Together," a liturgical teaching musical. Probably the most familiar use of "Hosanna!" ("Save us, we pray") is in the context of Jesus, triumphal entry into Jerusalem, in which the Jewish people quote Psalm 118:25-26, saying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (John 12: 13). For further commentary on this psalm see PHH 47.

Liturgical Use:
As a chorus; as a frame surrounding a festive hymn such as 408 or 413, especially on Ascension Day. See also PHH 47.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



James Lloyd Owens (b. Clarksdale, MS, 1930) was educated at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, and began his musical career as a jazz performer and arranger for Stan Kenton. He served for fourteen years as a minister of music at three different California churches. An arranger-producer of some…

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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Chalice Hymnal #38

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #785

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #166

Sing Joyfully #86

Sing With Me #2

Songs for Life #179

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #24

The Worshiping Church #23

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