WERE YOU THERE

Tune Information

Meter: 10.10 with refrain
Incipit: 51333 21321 13555
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Afro-American spiritual

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Were You There

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

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The congregation could sing the entire spiritual, but the tune has a call-and-response structure; try singing unaccompanied with a soloist asking the initial questions in each stanza and the congregation joining in at "Oh, sometimes." The soloist could take significant liberty with the melody and rhythm, and congregations could also treat the "tremble" figure with freedom. Try having the choir hum the parts as background for the solo voice. Although the preferred practice is to sing unaccompanied, 'Were You There" could be accompanied by flute or guitar. The harmony was composed by C. Winfred Douglas (PHH 342). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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