|Title:||[Don't be discouraged when trouble's in your life]|
|Composer:||Albert A. Goodson (1956)|
|Incipit:||13332 12366 5443|
|Copyright:||© 1965, 1993 Manna Music, Inc., admin. ClearBox Rights, LLC|
We've come this far by faith,
leaning on the Lord,
trusting in his holy word
he's never failed us yet.
O can't turn around,
we've come this far by faith.
Goodson’s gospel song was included in the African American hymnal Lift Every Voice and Sing (1981). The setting by Richard Smallwood (PHH 365) displays some of the chord structures, melodic decorations, and rhythmic figures that are common in the African American gospel style. The printed score of gospel songs only conveys a guide1ine to actual performance; improvisation is the operative word! The congregation should sing the refrain (framed by "We've come this far by faith") aided by a choir who could improvise a harmony part. A soloist could sing the stanza ("Don't be discouraged. . .") with additional improvisation in the melody line and accompaniment. Try accompanying with piano, guitars, and percussion instruments. Don't rush!
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988