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When Playing Cards

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When playing cards, not ev'ry hand's a winner
Not ev'ry hand is full of kings and queens
When playing cards don't call out ""saint"" or ""sinner""
Because no hand is ever what it seems

When playing cards, some hands will go astray
But that's okay - they're dealt that way
When playing cards there's lots of suffering
And that is why this song we sing"


Source: Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #141

Author: Secretary Michael

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Text Information

First Line: When playing cards, not ev'ry hand's a winner
Title: When Playing Cards
Author: Secretary Michael
Language: English
Publication Date: 2015
Notes: (traditional hymn: "How Great Thou Art")
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

HOW GREAT THOU ART

Originally in triple meter, the Swedish tune O STORE GUD is in bar form (AAB). The first section has a very limited range of four notes; the more meditative stanzas give way to a dramatic refrain with an expanded range. Sing in parts and observe some rhythmic freedom in the last line of the refrain,…

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