The Church's Desolation (and Old Hundred)

November 10, 2010 3:59 PM

Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front.

This was originally intended to be a demo for a group of Philadelphia musicians with whom I'll hopefully be recording in January, but it quickly spiraled out of control.

Well may Thy servants mourn, my God,
The Church’s desolation;
The state of Zion calls aloud
For grief and lamentation.
Once she was all alive to Thee
And thousands were converted,
But now a sad reverse we see,
Her glory is departed.

And has religion left the Church
Without a trace behind her?
Where shall I go, where shall I search,
That I once more may find her?
Adieu, ye proud, ye light and gay,
I’ll seek the brokenhearted,
Who weep when they of Zion say,
Her glory is departed.

posted by The White Hat (2 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Ooh! I love shaped note music. Neat!
posted by JDHarper at 6:22 PM on January 3, 2011

posted by willF at 7:39 PM on February 18, 2014

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