THEN SINGS MY SOUL: LORD OF THE DANCE

Lord of the Dance

sung by LordSong
lyrics by Sydney Carter

I love the harmony of LordSong on this.

According to Wikipedia:

Lord of the Dance is a hymn with words written by Sydney Carter in 1963. He adapted the tune from the famous American Shaker dance song “Simple Gifts“. The hymn is widely performed in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is often mistakenly thought to be a much older traditional hymn. On one occasion its author was informed it had been written in medieval times

Lord of the Dance Lyrics

I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun
I came down from Heaven and I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(…lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced for the scribe and the pharisee
But they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me
I danced for fishermen, for James & John
They came with me and the Dance went on:

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame
The holy people said it was a shame!
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high
And they left me there on a cross to die!

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone
But I am the Dance and I still go on!

They cut me down and I leapt up high
I am the Life that’ll never, never die!
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in Me –
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

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7 thoughts on “THEN SINGS MY SOUL: LORD OF THE DANCE

  1. Loved this!! The switch to the minor key at Christ’s crucifixion was incredible – all of it was such a joy to listen to. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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