Standing in the Need of Prayer

Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O Lord

Tune: [Not my brother, nor my sister]
Prayer Songs
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Representative Text

1 Not my brother, not my sister, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer;
Not my brother, not my sister, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer.

Refrain:
It's me, it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer;
It's me, it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer.

2 Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer;
Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer. [Refrain]

3 Not my father, not my mother, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer;
Not my father, not my mother, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer. [Refrain]

4 Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer;
Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it's me, O Lord,
Standin' in the need of prayer. [Refrain]

Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #516

Notes

Like 264, "Standing in the Need" is an African American spiritual, and, like many folk songs, its origin is unknown. Both text and tune became well known after their publication in The Book of American Negro Spirituals (1925), compiled by James Weldon Johnson and his brother,]. Rosamond Johnson. Using hyperbole, or exaggerating to make a point, the text brings a very specific message: "I need prayer!" Obviously all the other persons mentioned in the text need prayer as well-yet the text stresses the individual's need for prayer. Such an under¬standing of this text permits its use in corporate worship-in which we all realize that each of us needs prayer just as much as all of us need prayer. The text emphasizes personal responsibility within a larger context of community. Liturgical Use: As a call to prayer, this song should be part of a time of sung and spoken and silent prayers-for forgiveness, of course, but also for healing, for gratitude, for more fervent faith, and so on. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Tune

[Not my brother, nor my sister]

STANDING is a call-and-response tune; the Psalter Hymnal has marked clearly the solo lead parts and the congregational-response parts, which are to be sung in harmony. Since most African American spirituals were originally sung unaccompanied, have the choir or even the congregation hum the accompani…

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #6313
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #265
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #1554
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 23 of 23)
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African American Heritage Hymnal #441

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #365

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Chalice Hymnal #579

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #493

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #838

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Gather Comprehensive #579

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #411

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #516

Text

Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #177

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #265

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Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #228

Singing the Faith #523

Audio

Small Church Music #1554

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Songs for Life #46

The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #388

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The Cyber Hymnal #6313

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The New Century Hymnal #519

The New National Baptist Hymnal #501

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The United Methodist Hymnal #352

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This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #240

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Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #797

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Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #167

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #326

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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