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Jerry Friedman Origins: Amazing Grace (75* d) RE: Amazing Grace 06 Oct 98


What do you use for the refrain? Val-de-ri, val-de-ra?

Thanks, Bruce!

Here's the only other verse I've heard, Barbara. I hope you appreciate the strain of remembering it for you. Maybe it works best toward the end of a marathon.

Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God,
Praise God, praise God, praise God,
Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God,
Praise God, praise God, praise God.

Yuri, spirituals are the religious songs of the black slaves in the U.S. (and maybe blacks shortly after they were freed, also). "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is definitely in that category. "Amazing Grace" was adopted into it but (as Barbara Shaw noted) can be sung in many other styles too, including mainline Protestant hymn-singing.

You and MotoZulli can find 28 spirituals by searching the database for @spiritual.


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