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Bible School songs

Richard Bridge 24 Nov 15 - 03:37 AM
GUEST 23 Nov 15 - 08:44 AM
GUEST,missouri 17 Jun 14 - 09:40 AM
GUEST,Missouri 17 Jun 14 - 09:39 AM
GUEST,Eliza 27 May 13 - 04:11 PM
GUEST,Susiegee Australia 27 May 13 - 02:51 AM
GUEST 08 Oct 11 - 02:36 PM
GUEST,sopranoiam 06 Jun 11 - 03:17 PM
GUEST,Jane Ann Liston 15 Jan 11 - 05:16 PM
GUEST,hb 15 Jan 11 - 12:13 AM
GUEST,Ruthann 12 Jan 11 - 06:21 PM
Georgiansilver 15 Nov 10 - 02:40 AM
Tinker 14 Nov 10 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,Liz 14 Nov 10 - 11:26 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 10 Aug 10 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,Forgetful 08 Aug 10 - 10:34 PM
Tug the Cox 28 Jul 10 - 08:24 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 28 Jul 10 - 07:08 AM
GUEST,Patsy Warren 28 Jul 10 - 05:20 AM
kendall 28 Jul 10 - 03:54 AM
Kent Davis 27 Jul 10 - 10:37 PM
GUEST,lamaner 27 Jul 10 - 12:06 AM
Phil Cooper 26 Jul 10 - 09:48 PM
GUEST,angela 26 Jul 10 - 09:31 PM
black walnut 22 Nov 09 - 11:08 AM
Bill D 14 Nov 09 - 01:38 PM
black walnut 14 Nov 09 - 11:05 AM
GUEST,rsh 14 Nov 09 - 10:30 AM
GUEST,Steamin' Willie 10 Nov 09 - 04:33 AM
Deckman 09 Nov 09 - 10:40 PM
GUEST,marimary 09 Nov 09 - 10:32 PM
GUEST,EK Anne 04 Sep 09 - 06:09 AM
Joe Offer 04 Sep 09 - 03:45 AM
GUEST,EK Anne 04 Sep 09 - 03:01 AM
Joe_F 03 Sep 09 - 08:37 PM
GUEST,EK Anne 03 Sep 09 - 05:01 PM
VirginiaTam 03 Sep 09 - 03:45 PM
GUEST,FRANCES.PARRIS 03 Sep 09 - 03:32 PM
GUEST,Nana 05 Mar 09 - 10:33 PM
Kent Davis 04 Sep 07 - 11:51 PM
john f weldon 04 Sep 07 - 11:27 PM
Kent Davis 04 Sep 07 - 11:07 PM
Kaleea 04 Sep 07 - 10:31 PM
Azizi 04 Sep 07 - 08:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 03:37 AM

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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Nov 15 - 08:44 AM

Joy, joy, my heart is full of joy.
Joy, joy, my heart is full of joy.
The Saviopur dear is ever near.
That's the reason why my heart is full of joy!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,missouri
Date: 17 Jun 14 - 09:40 AM

If anyone has information regarding the salute song please forward to me at hikgrove@iland.net

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Missouri
Date: 17 Jun 14 - 09:39 AM

I am looking for sheet music to the salute song that we sung in VBS back in the 1970's at our Presbyterian Church in Deepwater. After we pledged allegiance to the bible, christian flag and american flag, we would sing a salute song to each one. Example: Our counties flag we salute today, the colors proudly bare...the emblem of the land we love, we pledge alligence too. God grant us might to uphold the right....(or something like that). Let me know if anyone has it. The internet shows that D.C. Bibighaus had the salute song in 1963...but I can't locate anything else.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 27 May 13 - 04:11 PM

I remember 'The church's door stands open, the church's door stands wide, and all God's little children can find their way inside.'
Also, 'At Easter time, the lilies fair, and lovely flowers bloomed averywhere, at Easter time, at Easter time, hoe glad the world at Easter time.'
When we sang 'We plough the fields and scatter' I imagined sowing seed then quickly running away! We were always annoying the Vicar by singing '...but it is fed and wor...hor..tered...'.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Susiegee Australia
Date: 27 May 13 - 02:51 AM

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
To shine for Him each day.
In every way try to help Him,
At home, at work at play.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I'll be a sunbeam for Him.

and

Jesus bids us shine, with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle, glowing in the dark.
He looks down from Heaven, to see us shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 02:36 PM

I found the song Guest.forgetful was looking for Heaven Is For Kids. Its sung by the King's Heralds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPS_vq8cjJc&api_format=3&vndel=results


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,sopranoiam
Date: 06 Jun 11 - 03:17 PM

Hi....when I was young I learned the Books of the Bible Song to a specific tune. For those of you who have piano here's the basic tune:

E3-E3-G3-F3-F3-E3-E3-D3-D3-E3-C3-G2-A2-B2-C3-C3-D3-E3-E3-G3-E3-D3

I have looked and looked and it isn't anywhere. Does anyone out there happen to have that in a kid's music book that may have been published in late 50's or early 60's? That's when I learned it in the Methodist Church growing up. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Jane Ann Liston
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 05:16 PM

I'm a Scot and certainly remember 'Wide, wide as the ocean' , 'Running Over' and 'The wise man built his house upon a rock' (all with actions) and 'I will make you fishers of men, also 'Zacchaeus was a very little man' and 'I don't want to march in the infantry', which sound like versions of songs previously mentioned on this thread. I introduced some of these, with the actions, to children at a London church (high C of E) about 10 years ago, which went down very well!

At Scripture Union there were some songs which more than leaned towards pop, with guitar accompaniment to appeal to teenagers, such as 'If any man will follow' and 'Jesus is the Saviour whom I love to know', the latter actually being a twelve bar blues!

Back to Sunday School. Let me add to the list 'In my heart there rings a melody', which always led straight on to 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus', 'Do you want a pilot?' and 'Sailing Home', the last sung sitting down and swaying from side to side, with the object of knocking the child on the end of the row off the bench or pew! And of course, 'When the roll is called up yonder'. All good sings.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,hb
Date: 15 Jan 11 - 12:13 AM

While the other kids were singing the well-known:

"Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
We are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so".

some of us were quietly singing:

"Krushchev loves me this I know,
For the Kremlin tells me so.
Little ones who love him not,
All lined up aginst the wall and shot.

Yes, Krushchev loves me,
Yes, Krushchev loves me,
Yes, Krushchev loves me,
The Kremlin tells me so".

As time went by, "Krushchev" was replaced by "Kosygin".


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Ruthann
Date: 12 Jan 11 - 06:21 PM

Jesus gave her water that was not in the well,
gave her living water that was not in the well,
she went away singing, she came back bringing others
to the water that was not in the well.

Just like Nicodemus, you must be born again,
just like Nicodemus, you must be born again,
he came to Christ at nighttime, he came at the right time.
Just like Nicodemus, you must be born again.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 02:40 AM

Jesus gave her water and it was not from the well.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Tinker
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 11:35 PM

Here is one version... I really enjoyed introducing this to a youth gathering this fall


He Gave Her Water

Words and music: Traditional

Well, there was a woman from Samaria
She came to the well to get some water
It was there she met a stranger
And he did her story tell
She left my savior singing
She came back to him bringing
The town to see that water Lord
And it was not from the well

Chorus:
Oh Jesus, he gave her water
You know my Jesus gave her water
Oh Jesus gave her water
And it was not from the well



Repeat Chorus

Well on that woman he had pity
She ran back to the city
Crying glory hallelujah
I'm gonna let his praises swell
Every time she'd doubt him
She's stop and think about him
The man that gave her living water
And it was not from the well

Oh, gave her water
Jesus gave her water
Oh Jesus he gave her water
I'm gonna let his praises swell
Jesus gave that woman water
He gave her that living lasting water
Oh, and it was not from the well
(Repeat)


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Subject: RE: Bible School song, Jesus Gave Her Water
From: GUEST,Liz
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 11:26 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics and music to this Children's Bible song that was sung in the 50's.

All that I can remember is, "Jesus gave her water that was not from the well."
I'd be most grateful if someone could help me with the rest.

Thanks.
Liz M.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 07:35 AM

dont know that one but it reminds me of ;if i were a butterfly¬-words and music in songs of fellowship


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Forgetful
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 10:34 PM

Anybody know the name of the song with lyrics something like this:

Lion cubs and (i forgot this part) and big fat fuzzy bears. Roly poly elephants leaping with the hares. (Something, something, something...) In fact, the way I hear it, they'll welcome you right in. And just before you know it, you'll be a kid again!

I can't remember the rest of the lyrics but the tune is stuck in my head. I sang this one year during vacation bible school over 30 years ago. It is a happy song singing about what heaven will be like. I remember that "the streets are paved in gold". It is a great song. I wish I knew the rest. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 08:24 PM

Five constipated men in the five good books of Moses' must be the king of them all.

BTW...currently sung...starting with two people standing on chairs
I'm climbing up a sunshine mountain
Where the four winds blow ( puff, puff, puff, puff)
I'm climbing up a sunshine mountain
Faces all aglow.
I'm turning my back on Sorrow
Reaching for the sky
I'm climbing up a sunshine mountain
You and I
( those nominated as 'you' climb on chairs...repeat till everyone is on chairs. Each line has a movement or gesture..great fun.)


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 07:08 AM

still popular with my kids-mr noah built an ark/the people thought it such a lark/mr noah pleaded so/but into the ark they would not go/CHORUS-down came the rain in torrentsx3-but only 8 were saved/v2-the animals went in 2 by 2 /giraffe the bear and the kangaroo/all were safely stowed away/against that great and fateful day/CHORUS/v3[similar to chorus]whenever you see a rainbowx3 remember God is love.       fun actions with it-not been able yet to work out guitar chords!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Patsy Warren
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 05:20 AM

I remember 'If you're Happy and you know it (clap your hands)(stamp your feet) (shout we are)' It was a good way of getting all that noise and energy out of us kids I think!

Harvest Festival was a great time too, I still love this song to this day:-

We plough the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
For it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand,
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to feed the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine and soft refreshing rain,
All good gifts around us was sent from Heaven above
So thank the Lord oh thank the Lord for all his love.

This as a 4 year old was not only a nice little song but was one of those occasions in my childhood diary that I looked forward to. I remember ransacking my mother's food cupboard every September so that I could contribute some items of food. This was packaged up as food parcels and delivered to pensioners.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: kendall
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 03:54 AM

Azizi, no, that song was not sung in the church but in the church's rec. hall.
Those sessions were led by the Mormon Minister and at that time no offense or insult was meant. I did'nt even know what we were singing!

What I heard was ..chewing gum, erasers at the door! Didn't know until years later the real lyrics.
If you recall, in those days there were very few black folks in the Mormon Church.Also at that time, there wasn't a black person within 200 miles of us.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Kent Davis
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 10:37 PM

Guest, lamaner,

Is this the second verse your remember?

Don't slide down Gloomy Mountain where the storm clouds blow
Don't slide down Gloomy Mountain faces looking so [make a very sour face]
Turn, turn from crosspatch pouting, look to God on high.
Climb, climb up Sunshine Mountain, you and I.
http://threeforthee.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/

A song or version of a song with the title "Don't Slide Down Gloomy Mountain" is attributed to Essie Haynes in SALVATION SONGS FOR CHILDREN, #3, published 1947 in Santa Monica, CA. http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/SSC31947/d8

Kent


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,lamaner
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 12:06 AM

"Climb climb up sunshine mountain heavenly breezes blow. Climb climb up sunshine mountain faces all a glow. Turn turn from sin and doubting look into the sky. Climb climb up sunshine mountain you and I." the second verse talked about "Slide slide down gloomy mountain"


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 09:48 PM

No one has mentioned "Only a Boy Named David" about him killing Goliath. My folks had red 45 with the song when we were little (I was born in 1954). Just saw part of a History Channel thing where it appeared that King David would have been up in the Haigh for war crimes and crimes against humanity. I'm thinking that's what every conquering force would have been doing at the time. Can't judge the past be present standards. Sort of lost my faith after the Luther League didn't want me to finger pick some bad Christian re-writes of folks songs (Blowing in the wind=The Answer my Friend is living in all men). No one seems to have missed me.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,angela
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 09:31 PM

I am desperately looking for asong to sing with my Pre-k that I remember ( part of...therin lies the problem)from my youth. I know some of the lyrics:
Who put the blue in the sky above?
Why does the ocean roar?
What does a spider do with all those legs?
What happens is his feet get sore/

God did, God did.
He made the earth and sky
God did, God did
He knows who what and why

Has ANYONE ever heard of this song? I know the tune but not all of the lyrics!
Thanks so much!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: black walnut
Date: 22 Nov 09 - 11:08 AM

Yes, I learned that one too. And the Arky Arky song.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 01:38 PM

from Azizi in 2007---"I'm curious to know if other folks learned "Jesus Loves The Little Children" in their childhood. "

I missed this thread 2 years ago, but that is the ONE song I'm sure I learned in Vacation Bible School in Kansas. I was in the 3rd grade, and I know I attached no meaning to the list of colors except the one intended...that everyone was loved equally.

I eventually learned several of the other songs mentioned, but not sure which ones were in church, or school or just from songbooks.

(there was one about Noah & the Ark that I liked that we sang in Vacation Bible School, but I'm not sure right now which one.)


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: black walnut
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 11:05 AM

One door and only one
And yet its sides are two
I'm on the inside
On which side are you?

I remember singing that one just about every Sunday morning. Eek.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,rsh
Date: 14 Nov 09 - 10:30 AM

i wrote a sunday school song it is to the tune of "i'm gettin' nothin' for christmas" what do you think?

My God is the very best God, the very best God indeed
I know that all He does, He does for me
He makes the sunshine everyday
He say's Salvation is the only way
He gave me Jesus as my Christ today
He's the very best God for me

Oh, Christmas is Jesus's birthday
I know that God gave me Him
Christmas is Jesus's birthday
And Jesus He died for my sins

If you like, teach it to your kids. I like it cause it teaches my daughter that the only way to the Father is through the Son.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 04:33 AM

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Deckman
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 10:40 PM

"Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the bible tell me so,
When I die he'll clean my soul,
What a ..... dirty little job for Jesus!"

Bob(deckman)Nelson ... who was raised in several Penticostal churches


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,marimary
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 10:32 PM

Looking for lyrics for an opening VBS anthem that goes something like this:

Vacation Bible School is here again
To learn about Jesus in story
On to Bible School
...........in glory

We sing, we play, we make things,
In sunshine or in rain
We're happy to be here for
Vacation Bible School again.

Can anyone fill in the missing lines?


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,EK Anne
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 06:09 AM

Thanks, Joe, for the grand gospel version of Yield Not to Temptation - though it's certainly more of a "performance" than would have been expected in a Presbyterian country like mine! Here, we were encouraged to keep together and harmonies were unheard of, except for church and other choirs, so our version was like your first link, though perhaps a little beefier in tempo.
Harking back to a previous post, we also sang at primary school and I remember having to learn quite a lot of psalms and paraphrases by heart, to be sung in unison without benefit of piano accompaniment. Many years later I asked my teacher (from when I was aged 10 and 11) how she had managed to do this as she was not a music specialist, and she could remember the singing but not how we had acquired the songs!
These included - the 23rd psalm (to tune Crimond); the Old Hundredth (All People that on Earth Do Dwell); paraphrase 2 (O God of Bethel); psalm 148 (The Lord of Heaven Confess) - which had a difficult but glorious tune; paraphrase 18 (Behold! The Mountain of the Lord); and my own favourite - psalm 121, with its spare melody and convoluted syntax.

Amazing how these things still stick with an atheist after more than fifty years...


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Subject: ADD: Yield Not to Temptation
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 03:45 AM

Here's Yield Not to Temptation (click), Anne. Is that the tune you sang it to? I like this version (click) better.

-Joe, who sang "Charlie and the MTA" at Catholic church camp-

YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION
Words & Music: Ho­ra­tio R. Pal­mer, 1868

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He Who is our Savior our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,EK Anne
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 03:01 AM

Another one from the Seaside Mission --

I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men,
I will make you fishers of men if you follow Me;
If you follow Me, if you follow Me,
I will make you fishers of men if you follow Me.

Don't remember if there were any more verses but it was a rollicking tune and I'm sure we could have repeated these lines several times without feeling cheated.
The previous post mentioned the joy of communal singing and a little later than the Seaside Mission period I used to go to The Band of Hope with some pals. It was a temperance organisation, which was quite beyond our experience or appreciation -- but between listening to whatever message was delivered (in brief form, thankfully) and watching slide shows of the "cast out to die in the snow by her drunken husband" variety, we also sang lustily such hymns as Onward, Christian Soldiers, and my absolute favourite, which was Yield not to Temptation.
I have no idea what I thought this was about at the tender age of eight or so:-

Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.
Each victory will help you some other to win.
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue(!) -
Look ever to Jesus - He will carry you through.
Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you.
He is willing to aid you -
He will carry you through.

But it certainly proves, to me at least, the power of a good tune to foster a sense of community. (The only problem might come if the message becomes too intense/fanatical.)


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 08:37 PM

When I was, oh, 11 or so, I went, for a little while, to an elementary school in North Bennington, VT, and that was my first experience with singing in harmony. We sang hymns -- in a public school! Never did me any harm; I was an atheist then & now. In the first meeting of the music class, when we first practiced the parts separately and then sang them together, it made an overwhelming impression on me. Then I went to a highschool where Bach was king, and was corrupted for life.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,EK Anne
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 05:01 PM

We learned this at the Seaside Missions during summer holidays in the west of Scotland in the early 1950's.
    Wide, wide as the ocean,high as the Heaven above,
    Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Saviour's love.
    I'm oh so unworthy - still I'm a child of His care
    For His word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere!
The tune was attractive and the last line, with lovely runs, reached a rousing climax on the final word. I vaguely remember gestures to accompany the first two lines, but my abiding memory is of the sheer joy of making what seemed to be a very musical sound.
As far as I was concerned, the religious message was only ever secondary -- the Mission was simply where you went for a good sing! And we also sang The House upon the Rock, and Running Over.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 03:45 PM

Send the Light
All Things Bright and Beautiful
His Sheep Am I
Hosanna in the Highest

I loved VBS when i was a kid.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,FRANCES.PARRIS
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 03:32 PM

In Vacation Bible School as a child in Kentucky in 1950's we sang a song that went like this: Vacation Bible School Is Here, Fala La Fala La Fala La........the rest ot it I do not know. It was a very short song, but if anyone remembers it, please give me the Lyrics. My fondest memories are at my church growing up with a deacon Father, and sunday school teaching mother. My love for the church was instilled in me as a child and has never left me. I owe all to my parents, pastors and church for the many wonderful life experiences I have had, but most of all to the Lord.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: GUEST,Nana
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 10:33 PM

I enjoyed reading all the songs. I also grew up singing most of them and now whenever I am taking care of my grandchildren, which is often, I sing with them the church songs of my youth. I have a song for each letter of the alphabet. It has become a favorite time for the grandkids.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Kent Davis
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 11:51 PM

john f weldon,

I appreciate your sensitivity to racism. However, in this particular case, I wonder if it is misplaced. The song to which you refer appears to be based on Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." In other words, the protaganist is not asking to be made more Caucasian, but rather is comparing himself to a stained garment that needs to be bleached.

Kent


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 11:27 PM

Joy....
I used to sing...
Black & yellow pink & green
And all colours in-between... etc...

I seem to remember one that went...
Mommy told me something that a little girl should know...
It's all about the Devil, and I've learned to hate him so...

ugh, can't bear to continue with that. But what about ....

How would you like to be whiter than snow? Whiter than snow! Whiter than snow!

Even in the fifties that seemed pretty racist to me...
Agh. Ugh. ogh! Sunday School. A foretaste of hell!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Kent Davis
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 11:07 PM

Azizi,

I have ususally heard "If you're happpy and you know it" sung as a VBS song, with the line "if you really want to show it". My wife also knows it as a VBS song, and with the same line. I have rarely heard it as "then your face will surely show it". I wonder if the version you know circulates mainly in schools and the version we know circulates mainly in churches. It could also be a Southern Appalachian thing, since she and I grew up there.

Mo the Caller,

Thank you. I had been wondering if some of these songs are associated with particular countries. The ones from Azizi's list which I also have never heard are:
#1 "Running over, running over, my cup's full and running over"
#2 "Sunshine Mountain"
#8 "Young folks old folks everybody come"
#9 "One more river to cross"
#11"Over the sea there are little brown children"
You identify these as known in England. However, Genie knew #2 and Kendall knew #8 and #9, so they are apparently not exclusively English. (Genie and Kendall are, I believe, from the U.S.) I hope others will chime in to help determine which songs are best known in which nations.

Kent


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Kaleea
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:31 PM

I don't know if it was authorized, but the wife of my Grandad's employee at the old auto salvage used to sing it to me. (she referred to herself as colored, not black.) When I was very small, she was singing it, & I asked her what's "darkie." She answered, that's ol' time for colored folks," and went right on singing.
My parents took us to a little church in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, called the Beams of Light Tabernacle, until I was about 6. We sang logs of songs about Light in Sunday school, the regular service, and also during vacation Bible school. They are some of my favs. There was one fav which I did not see in print until I was a few decades into adulthood. I only remembered the chorus:

   Sunlight, sunlight, in my soul today;
   Sunlight, sunlight, all along the way;
   Since my Saviour found me and took away my sins;
   I have had the sunlight of His love within.

I sometimes visit a local church which has this in their very old, but wonderful, hymnal.


Frogprince,
My neice will be 3 in two months, and is a terrific singer. Yes, we still sing your song & like it very much. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:28 PM

Thanks Mo.

Btw, I didn't mean to type that list in bold font. I'm not sure how that happened.

Sorry about that.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:55 AM

6 - shanty sessions - I meant


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:25 AM

Azizi, I think most of the ones you hadn't heard at Sunday School are sung in England. The first 4 on your list are, also 10 and 11.
No. 5 is a line from 3. 12 is a 'silly' verse from 4
6 I've only heard in Shant sessions as 'Roll the old chariot along'
7,13,14,15 I've never heard
8 I heard recently, sung at a church Harvest Supper, by a regular church-goer and church organist. He substituted the words "local Sunday school", because "you aren't allowed to say that sort of thing now"! I thought that many devout Christians would have found the verses offensive, concentrating on the'goings on' in the Bible. And the general tone of the song.
9 We certainly sang, can't remember where.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:00 AM

Here's two more songs that I do remember from Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and church {from 1950s Babtist church [African American], Atlantic City, New Jersey}

WE ARE LITTLE WORKERS
We are little workers,
Cheerful, faithful, strong.
Working for our Saviour
All the whole day long.
Do you think us tiny?
Well, we are 'tis true.
But we'd like to tell you
All that we can do:

Sing for Him
Pray for Him
Work for Him each day.
Worship Him
Honor Him
and His will obey.
Give Him love
Give Him {grace?]
Love His Bible too.
Even though we're little folks.
That's what we can do.

-snip-

MY LORD IS SO HIGH

{Chorus}:

My Lord is so high
You can't get over Him.
So low
You can't get under Him.
So wide
You can't get around Him.
You must come in
at the door.

{Verse #1}:
Some people go by water
Some people go by land
But if
you want
to go to heaven
Well, you must go
hand in hand

{Chorus}

-snip-

I'm sure there are other verses to this song, but I can't remember any other verses.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:51 AM

Fwiw, here are the songs that have been mentioned thus far that I don't remember or haven't heard sung in the churches, Sunday schools {which meet on Sunday before the church service} or Vacation Bible schools {which are conducted by church members for a limited number of weeks in the summer months} that I've attended or my children have attended, or I otherwise know about:

* "Running over, running over, my cup's full and running over"

* "Sunshine Mountain"

* "I May Never March in the Infantry"

* "Oil in My Lamp"

* "I'm in the Lord's Army"

* "Roll the gospel chariot along"

* "Booster, booster, be a booster"

* "Young folks old folks everybody come
Join the "Darkies Sunday school"
Was this really a song that was authorized to be sung in church?

* "One more river to cross"

* "Zacchaeus was a wee little man"

* "Over the sea there are little brown children"

* "Give me umption in my gumption"

* "There Were Twelve Disciples"

* "1, 2, 3, The Devil's After Me"

and

* "Books of the Bible"


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: cetmst
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:49 AM

Wonder Workshop, Inc., a division of Christian Book Distributors has two 4-CD volumes of Ultimate Bible Song Collection for Children, a total of more than 200 songs for Sunday School and Bible School, as well as many other books and records.


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Subject: RE: Bible School songs
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:26 AM

Kent, in your 27 Aug 07 - 11:02 PM post, you shared the words to "If You're Happy And You Know It". In spite of it's "say amen!" verse, I associate this song more with pre-school/kindergarten than with church or Bible school.

I've always heard {and read} these end lines with each verse of that song:

"If you're happy and you know it / then you're face will surely show it/ if you're happy and you know it/ clap your hands *

*substitute that verse's action command

-snip-

Are these lines not part of your memories of this song?


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