April 14

Were You There? Video

Were You There? Video

Were You There When they Crucified my Lord? is a traditional Negro Spiritual written before 1865. Traditionally it has seven verses. It speaks to the simplicity of the message of the Gospel, Easter and Resurrection. This arrangement was inspired by the fact that I, as the arranger, was able to sing it acapella in front of the garden tomb in Israel for a large group visiting the garden tomb. I was on a tour with an amazing minister named David Hocking. I then arranged it for SATB for my graduate thesis/recital and revised it for this album, singing it with David Johnson.
Were You There? is part of MY FATHER’S FAVORITE HYMNS album by Deborah Johnson, with Contemporary Arrangements of Timeless Classics.  Arrangement book and single sheet music also available. (Amazon, SheetMusicPlus) www.DJWorksMusic.com/fathershymns for more information. Arrangement:  Deborah Johnson;  Vocals:  Deborah and David Johnson; Engineering:  Michael Ferenci at Ferenci Studios, Silverlake, Calif.
Lyrics: 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?
 Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Where you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when He rose up from the grave? (He rose up from the grave!)

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